Dry eye happens when the eye cannot create a stable layer of tears. The tears are made up of 3 layers – mucus, water and oil (lipid).
What is Dry Eye?
Dry Eye Symptoms
There are two types of dry eye:
Not enough tears:
The lacrimal gland or tear gland does not make enough tears
Not enough oil:
The eyelid acts like a windshield wiper sweeping across the eye with each blink and ejecting tiny amounts of oil with each blink. This oil keeps your tears from evaporating. When the glands malfunction due to the oil being too thick or the glands becoming clogged, there is no oil expressed and the tears evaporate too quickly.
At Romeo Optometry our trained staff and doctors will perform a series of tests to determine the cause of your dry eyes and from there we will determine the best treatment plan for you.