If you suffer from dry eye syndrome and are fed up with uncomfortable, itchy eyes, Chicago Cornea Consultants may be able to help.
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 lipid, 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.