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Dry Eye Clinic

Learn about the causes and types of dry eyes

Dry Eye/Blepharitis Syndrome (DEBS) is a chronic, inflammatory disease of the eyelids. It can be caused by an overgrowth of normal bacteria living along the lid at the base of the eyelashes. Anyone can get DEBS at any age, but the prevalence increases with age and with contact lens wear.

BlephEx is a painless in-office procedure performed by your eye care professional. A revolutionary new patented BlephEx handpiece is used to very precisely and carefully removing excess bacteria, biofilm, bacterial toxins, debris and exfoliating your eyelids.

Evaporative Dry Eye

Tears are made up of three layers (oil, water, and mucus), and each layer has a specific purpose to keep the eye lubricated. If something is wrong with your tears’ oil layer, tears will evaporate too quickly or not spread evenly, which causes evaporative dryness.

In an attempt to correct this dryness, your lacrimal glands (the tear glands) produce more watery tears, which do not stay on your eyes and often run down your cheeks instead.

Aqueous-Deficient Dry Eye

While evaporative dryness leads to too many watery tears, aqueous deficiency comes from too few watery (or aqueous) tears. This can happen because your tear glands are damaged or not functioning properly, which can be caused by inflammation or by certain medications.