Aqueous deficiency: This type of dry eye refers to the condition where our lacrimal gland does not make enough of the watery part of our tears. As a result, the ocular surface can be compromised. Meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD): With MGD, our oil glands of our eyes are blocked, leading to tears that do not have enough oils. Without enough oil, our tears evaporate too quickly, causing dry eye.
There are many different causes of dry eyes. Some of the many causes include:
Depending on what causes are responsible for your dry eye, our eye doctor will customize the most suitable dry eye treatment plan for you. For aqueous deficiency dry eye, treatment may include topical ointments and eye drops (both prescription and non-prescription), punctal plugs to block tear drainage, hydration masks, warm compresses, and Omega-3 supplements.
For meibomian gland dysfunction we may recommended manual expression of your oil glands, lid scrubs, hydration masks, lubricating eye drops, omega-3 supplements, or Lipiflow therapy to stimulate your oil glands.