If you suffer from dry eye syndrome and are fed up with uncomfortable, itchy eyes, Chicago Cornea Consultants, Ltd. may be able to help. As the specialists in dry eye treatment and the first in Chicago to offer LipiFlow®, our doctors have the experience necessary to correct your dry eye symptoms. If you would like to learn more about this condition or schedule a consultation with one of our board-certified ophthalmologists, send us an email or call today.
What is Dry Eye?
The most common type of dry eye, evaporative dry eye, is caused by a lipid (oil) deficiency resulting from a blockage of the meibomian glands. Your tear film, made up of the lipids, aqueous, and mucin layers, is protected against evaporation by meibum, an oily substance found in the meibomian glands around the rims of your eyelids. When these glands are blocked or dysfunctional, your tears evaporate too quickly (between four and sixteen times faster than normal).
Aqueous deficient dry eye occurs when the lacrimal glands (located above the lateral end of your eye) do not create enough moisture to keep your eyes moist.
Symptoms of Dry Eye
Symptoms of dry eye can be very uncomfortable and make simple tasks such as reading, using a computer, driving, and watching television strenuous and painful. If you experience one of the following symptoms, it is important that you contact our experts in Highland Park, Hoffman Estates, or Chicago as soon as possible to determine whether you have dry eye syndrome:
- Discomfort and irritation
- The sensation that there is a foreign body in the eye
- Sensitivity to light
- Vision disturbance
- Burning or stinging