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Why Do My Eyes Burn Every Day?

by dwasylow 13 June 2015 08:17 AM

Few things impact quality of life quite like irritated, itchy, burning eyes. Thousands of Americans deal with painful eyes every day, and the causes vary. The most common, however, is dry eye syndrome.

Dry eye syndrome can result from a number of congenital (genetic) and environmental conditions. Symptoms commonly include a mix of excessive tearing, stinging or burning, scratchiness, mucus or “matter” in the eyes, redness, the feeling of a foreign body and/or general grittiness. You may also notice a decrease in vision quality.  

One of the most common causes of dry eye syndrome is evaporative dry eye disease. Evaporative dry eye disease occurs when the meibomian glands along the edge of the eyelid no longer produce adequate oils to help coat the surface of the eyes.

In healthy eyes, meibomian glands in the lower eyelids secrete a tiny amount of crucial oils that are then spread across the surface of the eye each time you blink. These oils mix with your natural tears to lubricate the eye. Without sufficient amounts of these oils, dry eye is inevitable.

In most cases of meibomian gland dysfunction, the glands are still producing the necessary oils, but the ducts that secrete the oils are blocked. Thankfully, modern treatment options make this condition simple to manage for dry eye sufferers.

Among the most popular and effective treatments for evaporative dry eye disease is LipiFlow. Available through select eye care practices, LipiFlow is a non-surgical treatment that uses a combination of warmth and compression to unblock meibomian glands. Once unblocked, the critical oils flow freely once again, often eliminating dry eye symptoms. Studies show that 86% of patients with evaporative dry eye disease experience relief after treatment with LipiFlow.

If you or someone you love suffers from dry eye syndrome, contact Gainesville Eye Physicians in Gainesville, Tioga Town Center, Lake City or Melrose. We’re here to help you with the best eye care options available, including LipiFlow for evaporative dry eye disease.



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