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Dry Eye Disease - Causes, Symptoms, Treatment

Dry Eye Disease - Causes, Symptoms, Treatment

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Dry Eye Disease and Its Symptoms

Tear production plays a vital role in protecting and keeping your eyes healthy. When the production of tears is interrupted, it can cause a lot of discomfort.

Tears help us see and keep our eyes lubricated and comfortable. They are produced in our meibomian glands and are made up of water, oils, mucus, antibodies, and antimicrobial proteins - all of which help fight infection.

When you suffer from chronic dry eyes, it’s a sign that your tear system is not acting properly. Dry eye can make the surface of the eye feel itchy or gritty. You also may experience redness, blurry vision, and/or sensitivity to light.

Dry eyes can also ironically cause your glands to create too many tears. This is known as reflex tearing. Because of the lack of moisture, a signal is sent through your nervous system for more lubrication. However, these tears are mainly water without the lubricant. They are capable of taking debris out of the eye but they don’t coat the eye’s surface.

What Causes Dry Eyes?
  • The natural aging process can cause dry eyes. The majority of people over 65 have at least a few symptoms
  • Women are more likely to develop dry eyes due to hormonal changes during pregnancy, the use of oral contraceptives, and menopause
  • Certain drugs such as antihistamines, prescription blood pressure, or bone loss medications can contribute to the onset of dry eyes
  • Certain medical conditions such as thyroid disorder or a deficiency in Vitamin A
  • Autoimmune disease such as rheumatoid arthritis or lupus
  • Problems that don’t allow your eyelids to close all the way
  • Allergies
  • Contact lens
  • Environmental factors
How Can You Minimize the Symptoms?
  • Limit exposure to fans
  • Wear eye protection on windy days
  • Humidify your home in the winter
  • Take frequent breaks from computer screens, reading, and other eye-intensive activities
  • Avoid cigarette smoke
  • Eye drops such as artificial tears may help but it is important to note that for some people, they can make dry eyes worse. They may be allergic to the preservatives and others may find that they irritate the eyes.
How Are Dry Eyes Treated?

While doing the above may help in certain situations, the solution for long-lasting comfort is offered right here at Rochester Eye Associates! MiBoFlo is a spa-like treatment that uses a high-temperature therapy technique to liquefy dried-up tears. It also stimulates the glands around your eyes to produce more tears.

Studies have shown that MiBoFlo is very effective, safe, and less invasive than alternative treatments. While you may only feel slight pressure as we massage your eyelids, MiBoFlo is completely painless, quick, and even quite relaxing!


Don’t suffer through Springtime with uncomfortable, dry, gritty eyes. ALL APRIL LONG buy one MiBoFlo treatment package, get one 50% OFF!! Visit us at Rochester Eye Associates today for more information on this eye-saving treatment.

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