Systane ilux® Treatment for Dry Eyes
REAL DRY EYE RELIEF CAN BE YOURS!
Dry eye disease, also known as keratoconjunctivitis sicca, is a chronic and progressive disease affecting more than 100 million people worldwide. Common symptoms of dry eye include dryness, soreness, eye fatigue, grittiness, watering, and sensitivity to light.
Over 80% of chronic dry eye disease is caused by Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD). Meibomian glands are in your eyelids and secrete meibum, or oils, that create a protective film over your tears. Patients with MGD do not properly produce enough meibum, breaking down the protective tear film and allowing for tears to evaporate.
As the affected glands become increasingly inflamed, the normally oily secretions become thick like butter, restricting gland secretion. In many patients, glands affected by MGD can atrophy, leading to gland death. It is important to identify and treat this disease early.
Every time you blink, a protective layer of moisture called
the tear film coats the front surface of your eye. An
essential part of the tear film is an oily layer called meibum.
MGD occurs when the meibomian glands that produce
meibum get blocked or the secreted meibum is of poor
quality and the aqueous part of the tears evaporate, as
there is no oily layer to protect them.