What is Dry Eye Disease?

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Eye comfort is one of those things you might never really think about until it’s been affected. One of the leading causes of eye discomfort is dry eye disease. Dry eyes are incredibly common, but depending on your eye health history, medical conditions, or the climate you live in, you might be at a higher risk of experiencing its symptoms.

So, what can we do to help? Salisbury Eyecare & Eyewear is proud to feature a stunning variety of dry eye treatment options, some of which are designed to treat issues like meibomian gland dysfunction and blepharitis.

Dr. Denton has brought some of the most advanced dry eye solutions to Salisbury and is known internationally for her work managing complex dry eye cases. So if you’re ready to see what the patient journey may look like for you, we suggest following the links below to our patient process page, our treatments page, or book your appointment today!

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Dry Eyes & Your Tear Film

Dry eyes predominantly affects the stability your tear film. Your tear film is responsible for providing your eyes with the hydration and comfort you need to enjoy your vision. However, some conditions can affect your tear film’s integrity, causing to dry eye symptoms.

There are 2 common types of dry eye you can experience: aqueous tear deficiency (which is the lack of quality tears) or evaporative dry eye (which is a lack of lipids preventing evaporation).

The tear film is made of 3 distinct layers:

Mucus Layer

Mucus is the innermost layer of a person’s tear film. It helps the rest of the film adhere to the eye’s surface and spread evenly across it. Goblet cells, conjunctival epithelial cells, and, to a lesser extent, lacrimal glands, all help produce this layer.

Sandwiched between the mucus and lipid layer is water, scientifically known as the aqueous layer. Water is essential for keeping your eyes hydrated while also washing away foreign particles on the surface of your eye. The lacrimal glands are responsible for producing this layer and are located just above your eyelid area.

Lipids, or oils, make up the outermost layer of the tear film. They help seal in the rest of the layers and prevent them from evaporating. This layer is produced by meibomian glands located around the edges of your eyelid. Still, some medical conditions prevent the production of a stable lipid layer, leading to dry eye symptoms.

Causes & Symptoms

Causes

There are many different causes for this condition, including:

Some of the more common symptoms include:

  • Light sensitivity
  • Blurry vision
  • Difficulty wearing contact lenses
  • Redness
  • Wateriness
  • A feeling of burning, stinging, or even grittiness on the surface of your eye

Meibomian Gland Dysfunction & Blepharitis

Some of the most common causes of dry eyes are conditions like meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) and blepharitis. These issues directly affect your meibomian gland’s ability to create a sustainable lipid layer for your tear film, causing instability in the other tear layers.

These issues could lead to hyperosmolarity, inflammation, swelling, crusting, and possible surface damage. Certain medical conditions can also increase the chance of developing MGD, including:

Medications for glaucoma management, estrogen replacement, and acne can also contribute to MGD development. However, you can manage these symptoms with simple eyelid hygiene techniques that we can happily supply if you’re struggling with these symptoms!

What Should You Do Next?

If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms described on this page, we highly suggest contacting Dr. Denton and her team at Salisbury Eyecare & Eyewear to book an appointment. Her time treating dry eye disease has earned her a spot as one of the leading dry eye specialists in the country, and she’s ready to serve you!

If you want to take a peek at what the dry eye process could look like for you, you can take a look at our dry eye process page for more information!

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We’re located on the corner Depot Street and E Council Street, right across the street from Yadkin House (look for the big pair of glasses on our entrance).

Parking Options

We offer parking around our building and we’re accessible by the Number 2 or Number 3 Bus!

Our Address

205 E Council Street, Suite B
Salisbury, NC 28144

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Phone: (704) 310-5002
Fax: (704) 310-5003
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