The ophthalmologists at Southern Eye Associates treat many patients suffering from Dry Eye Syndrome. In light of what has become an increasing problem, our physicians have chosen to dedicate a portion of our practice to the study and treatment of dry eyes. Our Dry Eye Center helps diagnose patients and create a treatment plan tailored to each patient. Read more about Dry Eye Syndrome and our TearLab below and click here to take our Dry Eye Survey and determine if you may be a candidate to benefit from our Dry Eye Center!
What is dry eye? Dry eye is one of the most under-diagnosed ocular diseases, and yet it is the most common reason why patients go see their eye care professional. Your eyes need a constant layer of tears – called the “tear film”- to maintain and protect the ocular surface. In Dry Eye, underlying changes to the health of the tear-producing glands can result in a change in the quantity and quality of the tears you make. This results in a tear film that can no longer provide enough nourishment or protection to the surface of your eye. This can lead to damage of your eye’s surface, which, in turn, can lead to the symptoms of Dry Eye.
What is TearLab? The TearLab Osmolarity System is an objective and quantitative test for diagnosing and managing Dry Eye patients. The Osmolarity of your Tear film is a measurement of the salt content in your tears. The test is fast, easy, and accurate. An osmolarity number is generated which correlates with a severity scale (normal, mild, moderate, severe) to determine your level of disease. Essentially, osmolarity gives doctors a meaningful measure of the health and stability of the protective tear film that covers the surface of the eye. This is important for Doctors to know because treatment is customized to the level of severity. TearLab also allows Doctors to measure the success of prescribed treatments.