Dry eye disease affects more than 100 million people worldwide. Of these, 65% suffer from what is known as Evaporative Dry Eye.
Evaporative Dry Eye stems from blocked meibomian glands. When there’s a blockage, this prevents the gland from secreting the natural, healthy oily lipids that the eye needs to form a protective layer so that the eye’s tear film does not evaporate.
When there’s a deficiency in these oily lipids, the irritation of dry eyes begins as the moisture layer evaporates. With increased exposure to wind, dust, pollen, and other irritants, the eye becomes more sensitive.
Common symptoms of Evaporative Dry Eye include dryness, grittiness, soreness, irritation, burning, and eye fatigue. These symptoms can hinder people’s daily activities such as reading, using the computer, wearing contact lenses, and being outdoors on windy days. Many dry eye patients complain those symptoms worsen throughout the day.
The Mitchell Eye Centre can alleviate the symptoms of Evaporative Dry Eye by using LipiFlow treatment. The LipiFlow treatment works by unblocking the glands and allowing them to resume the secretion of oily lipids needed for a healthy tear film.