Breaking down what causes Dry Eye Syndrome
Dry Eye is a long-term chronic disease that takes years to develop and may worsen if left untreated. More than 100 million people have Dry Eye. There are two main forms of the disease: evaporative and aqueous deficient.
Evaporative Dry Eye, which accounts for 86% of all dry eye cases is caused by blockages in the Meibomian glands located in your eyelids.
This condition of obstructed glands is know as Meibomian Gland Dysfunction. These glands are responsible for creating the lipid (oil) layer of tears. When the glands aren’t working as they should, you don’t have enough tear film oil. And your tears – which lubricate your eyes and keep them comfortable – evaporate too quickly. An insufficient oil layer can cause your tears to evaporate 4x – 16x faster.