Dry Eye is a condition in which a person doesn't have enough quality tears to lubricate and nourish the eye. Tears are necessary for maintaining the health of the front surface of the eye and for providing clear vision. Tears provide lubrication, reduce the risk of eye infection, wash away foreign matter in the eye, and keep the surface of the eyes smooth and clear. Excess tears in the eyes flow into small drainage ducts in the inner corners of the eyelids, which drain into the back of the nose. Dry eyes can occur when tear production and drainage is not in balance.
There are many causes for dry eye syndrome. Insufficient blinking and deficiency of the tear-producing glands are thought to be the main causes. It can also occur as a part of the natural aging process or a symptom of systemic disease such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis or Sjogren's syndrome. Long-term contact lens wear is yet another cause; in fact, dry eyes are the most common complaint among contact lens wearers.
Dry eye can be diagnosed through a comprehensive eye examination and testing with emphasis on the evaluation of the quantity and quality of tears produced by the eyes. Special dyes may be put in the eyes to better observe tear flow and to highlight any changes to the outer surface of the eye caused by insufficient tears. Meadows Vision Center is one of few practices equipped with the latest technology to accurately diagnose dry eye syndrome
Dry Eye is a chronic condition and once the root cause of it is determined your eye doctor can prescribe the most effective treatment to keep your eyes healthy and comfortable. Treatment options such as artificial tears, punctal plugs, or treating the eye inflammation by medication have been around for decades and up to now were the only treatment options available. With technological advancements, the treatment to promote healthy tear production by removing gland blockages and restoring gland function is now available.
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Dr Tarun Arora is currently working as a Consultant at Bahamas Vision Centre and the Eye division, Princess Margaret Hospital, Nassau, Bahamas. He is also currently an Associate Lecturer at the University of West Indies School of Clinical Medicine and Research. He completed his Residency in Ophthalmology and superspeciality training in Cornea, Lens and Refractive surgery services from the India`s apex institute, Dr Rajendra Prasad Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences, All India Institute
of Medical Sciences, New Delhi. He has contributed to more than 50 international and national scientific publications and 10 book chapters in the field of Cornea, Lens and Refractive surgery. He is author of the book “New Investigations in Ophthalmology” and “Instrumentations in Ophthalmology” for resident training. He received the Achiever award at the 33rd Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology conference in 2018. He received the Best Senior Resident award at AIIMS for his outstanding work in 2016. He featured amongst the Top 40 ophthalmologists less than 40 years of age across the world by the renowned international magazine “The Ophthalmologist” in 2015. His key areas of interest are Keratoconus, Lamellar Corneal Surgeries, Femtosecond assisted Corneal transplantation, Femtosecond based Refractive Surgeries that include LASIK and SMILE, Implantable Collamer lens for correction of high refractive errors, Pediatric cataracts and Complicated cataract. He is a reviewer of numerous international journals publishing in the field of Cornea, Lens and Refractive Surgery. He has been invited numerous times as a guest faculty to present at various international and national conferences.