What is Dry Eye?
Your tears function to protect the eyes and keep them lubricated and comfortable. Dry Eye is a disease process resulting in the decline of the quantity and/or quality of the tears produced. It is caused when the tear glands do not produce enough tears, or they don’t produce the right kind of tears. This phenomenon causes irritation, scratchiness, burning, redness, and discomfort. Dry Eye is the most common of eye disorders, affecting 5%-35% of the world population, depending on age and geography.
The Complexity of Tears
Your eyes are moistened by two different types of tears: lubricating tears and reflex tears. Lubricating tears are produced continuously to moisturize the eye and contain natural infection-fighting enzymes. Reflex tears are produced in response to sudden irritation (smoke, onions, foreign particles), injury, or emotion. Ironically, the irritation from dry eyes can trigger reflex tears, which flood the eye. But because reflex tears do not have the proper lubricating composition, the discomfort persists. Thus, “watery eyes” can actually be a symptom of Dry Eye.
Why Ask for the Parasol Punctal Occluder?
The Parasol Punctal Occluder is a leader in Dry Eye Treatment in New Smyrna Beach because its unique patented design allows for easy, painless insertion and a comfortable, worry-free fit. Our excellent retention rate means Parasol is designed to stay put and get right to work on easing your dry eye symptoms.
Dry Eye Checklist
If you experience three or more of the symptoms below, you may be suffering from Dry Eye. Left untreated, your symptoms will most likely intensify, making your daily life unpleasant, or worse, deteriorate your visual acuity. If in doubt, ask your eye care specialist what they would recommend for Dry Eye Treatment in New Smyrna Beach.