Dry Eye and Dry Eye symptoms are remarkably common issues. Around 30 percent of all people suffer from Ocular Surface Disease, AKA Dry Eye. And as many of us have transitioned to a virtual lifestyle, things have only gotten worse.
Considered the premier Dry Eye specialist in Kansas City and well-regarded by peers across the country, Brill Eye Center takes a scientific approach to Dry Eye symptoms and provides long-term solutions for our patients.
Just like any other doctor, Brill Eye Center recommends focusing not just on your current issues, but also on being proactive about long-term health and wellness. That’s why it’s extremely important to undergo routine check-ups and testing, in order to help identify potential warning signs about Dry Eye before they become a problem.
We’re Staring at Screens More Than Ever
One of the biggest risk factors for Dry Eye is screen usage. With millions of adults now working from home and spending all day in Zoom meetings, we’re staring at our screens more and more. This problem also extends to teens and young adults, who are now doing most of their school work virtually.
Throw in the fact that we’re all on our phones now more than ever, and a significant portion of the population is now at risk for Dry Eye and Dry Eye symptoms. Left untreated, these can lead to an issue known as Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD).
Specifically, MGD occurs when you have blocked oil glands. This results in your eyes not producing the oil that protects the aqueous or watery layer that rides over the cornea. This can lead to an array of chronic symptoms and issues, ranging from mild discomfort to permanent damage to the eye.
You Can Have Dry Eye and be Asymptomatic
Though 30 percent of people suffer from Dry Eye, not everyone knows that they have it. We’ve mentioned how potentially severe these Dry Eye symptoms can be, but it’s also possible to have issues and feel completely fine. This is called Non-Obvious Dry Eye or MGD.
However, even if you’re asymptomatic, that doesn’t mean you aren’t at risk for Dry Eye or MGD. In fact, you may be at even greater risk for future eye problems because you can’t feel any of the early warning signs and symptoms.
For example, you’d be concerned if a friend told you she can put her hand in the fire of a candle and that it never bothers her. You would know something is wrong with her ability to respond to the heat, and that she will unwittingly cause damage. It’s a similar issue for dry eye patients, especially those who have had refractive surgery like LASIK, PRK, RK, and SMILE procedure because they have cut corneal nerves.
That’s why we recommend visiting Brill Eye Center’s office in Mission for a comprehensive Dry Eye evaluation. Brill Eye Center uses an innovative, scientific process that’s proven to deliver results. Although there isn’t a quick cure for your Dry Eye and MGD, you can still see significant improvements in your daily life by following our protocol, once we evaluate and diagnose you.
Ready to Treat Your Dry Eyes? Visit Brill Eye Center in Mission Today!
For over 38 years, Brill Eye Center has been at the forefront of innovative eye care. Our wealth of experience, combined with advanced technology and personalized care, allows for a rewarding experience that produces lasting results for our patients.
Additionally, if you’re worried about the effects this pandemic is having on your eyes, schedule an appointment today at our office in Mission! We’ve helped thousands of patients across the Kansas City metro and the United States treat their Dry Eye issues, and we can’t wait to help you, too.
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Dr. Brill recently spoke with Dr. Travis Zigler on The Dry Eye Show about the real problem with Dry Eye Disease. Take a look below!