Dry eye is one of the most under-diagnosed ocular diseases, and yet it is the most common reason why patients go see their eye care professional.
Dry eye occurs when eyes do not produce the right quantity or quality of tears. Women are more frequently affected than men, and it is often caused by hormonal changes due to aging and menopause or medical conditions.
Dry Eye is among the least understood eye conditions that affect large numbers of people. Many people mistake the dry eye symptoms for allergies, climatic conditions or just "eyestrain". While all of these may aggravate Dry Eye symptoms, they are not the cause.
Your eyes need a constant layer of tears - called the "tear film"- to maintain and protect the ocular surface. In Dry Eye, underlying changes to the health of the tear-producing glands can result in a change in the quantity and quality of the tears you make. This results in a tear film that can no longer provide enough nourishment or protection to the surface of your eye. This can lead to damage of your eye's surface, which, in turn, can lead to the symptoms of Dry Eye.
TearLab is the single most accurate and objective test for diagnosing Dry Eye Disease. TearLab generates an Osmolarity number, which provides significant information to your Doctor. With its objective, quantitative endpoint TearLab Osmolarity correlates to increasing disease severity, and enables your Doctor to monitor your response to treatment. The test is fast, easy, and accurate and is only available at accredited dry eye centers like Moorestown Eye!