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  FAQ's for Dry Eye


Why does a dry eye condition occur and what are the causes?
What factors influence in having this condition? Is diet involved?
What are other ailments cause dry eye?
What are the types of dry eye?
How can I know if I have dry eye?
Does dry eye have a cure?
What are the factors that influence dry eye?
Can this condition be cured or is it something chronic?
If I have symptoms, is it enough if I buy lubrication drops?
What does the MiBo treatment entail?
What does the MiBo treatment entail?
How much blinking indicates a problem with dry eye?
When I blink sometimes my eyelids get stuck together and I have red eyes all the time, is this dry eye?
My eyes tear up a lot, is this dry eye? Why do I tear up so much if I have dry eye?
What are the consequences of not treating dry eye?
Is dry eye Sjögren’s syndrome?

Why does a dry eye condition occur and what are the causes?
Dry eye is a multifactorial disease, that is, there are multiple factors or causes that can trigger it. It can show itself very early in childhood, adulthood, and old age and it depends on every patient. Causes are different for a kid than an adult.


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What factors influence in having this condition? Is diet involved?
As a pathology, dry eye can be classified as mild, moderate, and severe. A mild dry eye causes the least discomfort and often the patient may not even know they have it since they don’t feel any symptoms or they might be too mild. Diet is involved when it comes to dry eye. Diet can influence it as it may cause it to change from mild to moderate or asymptomatic. A diet rich in omega-3 or a Mediterranean diet can decrease the probabilities of having dry eyes. One of the types of dry eye, evaporative dry eye, occurs due to an obstruction of the meibomian glands. The way in which these glands can be clogged depends a lot on diet; since they are sebaceous glands and sebum is built by amino acids and free fat acids, this obstruction can be caused by bad diet habits.


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What are other ailments cause dry eye?
What are other ailments cause dry eye?


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What are the types of dry eye?
There are 2 main types: dry eye with no lacrimal production and evaporative dry eye. They can also be classified by subtypes and due to exposure (bad eyelid formation that doesn’t allow the eye to close, dust induced, etc.)


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How can I know if I have dry eye?
The associated symptoms of dry eye are: a sensation of foreign objects in the eye, sensation of sand, blurry vision, and crusts. The only way to know if a patient has dry eye is for them to be checked by an ophthalmologist, since there are many pathologies that are very similar to the symptoms of dry eye, and their treatments are completely different.


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Does dry eye have a cure?
Currently, dry eye does not have a cure, it is controlled. The main objective of treatments is to make the patient live their life free of symptoms and as comfortable as possible.


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What are the factors that influence dry eye?
Age, sex, lifestyle, activities, diet, diseases and medication used by the patient.


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Can this condition be cured or is it something chronic?
Like diabetes, it is a chronic condition: it cannot be cured, but it can be controlled. The objective is to make the patient have as few symptoms as possible. External factors such as the weather also have an influence.


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If I have symptoms, is it enough if I buy lubrication drops?
Yes and now, it depends on how advanced the disease is. Most patients that have mild dry eye will be able to control it with just lubricants. Patients resistant to the treatment or that are not using the correct drops may still have dry eye symptoms. It all depends on each individual patient. The patient must be checked in order to know if the treatment they are using is adequate, if the drops are adequate, or if they need anything else to treat their condition.


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What does the MiBo treatment entail?
The MiBo treatment is unique and exclusively only in CODET Vision Institute. It helps to treat Meibomian gland dysfunction, among other conditions. 85% of patients with dry eye have this condition, that is, the glands that everyone has in the cord around the edge of the eyelid, both upper and lower, get clogged which causes the quality of tears to decrease, which leads to dry eye.


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What does the MiBo treatment entail?
The MiBo treatment is unique and exclusively only in CODET Vision Institute. It helps to treat Meibomian gland dysfunction, among other conditions. 85% of patients with dry eye have this condition, that is, the glands that everyone has in the cord around the edge of the eyelid, both upper and lower, get clogged which causes the quality of tears to decrease, which leads to dry eye. The MiBo treatment consists of a metal zone that is put in between the eyelids and is heated at 40 ºC, just the right temperature to melt the Meibomian gland lipids and allow them to unclog. The treatment performed in the Dry Eye Clinic at CODET Vision Institute not only includes putting this device in the eyelids, but a personalized exfoliation of each patient is also done to allow the glands to unclog completely. This initial treatment is to unclog the glands. With them unclogged it is easier for the lacrimal film to have better quality, evaporate less and to be lubricated for much longer.


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How much blinking indicates a problem with dry eye?
It is hard to know if dry eye is the problem, but it can definitively cause an increase in blinking. Any irritation will make the high eye reflections make the patient blink more. While there is a lot of blinking during dry eye it doesn’t mean that’s the only thing a patient might have. It is recommended that the patient has a checkup with an ophthalmologist to discard or pinpoint any conditions.


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When I blink sometimes my eyelids get stuck together and I have red eyes all the time, is this dry eye?
Without seeing the patient it is impossible to tell if they have dry eye or not. At first glance, with these symptoms and how severe they are, the first initial thought will be an infection. However, dry eye does cause these symptoms and most of them when being checked by an ophthalmologist, they will be able to determine if dry eye is present or not.


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My eyes tear up a lot, is this dry eye? Why do I tear up so much if I have dry eye?
It may sound paradoxical but it is easy to explain: against any physical threat the eye needs to fight back and tearing up is one of its ways. The mechanism or reflex arch of the eye against an attack is to blink and tear up. If the eye is dry, the eye sends a signal to the brain that it is being hurt, that it is dry and it doesn’t have any tears. The eye wouldn’t know that it is dry, it simply feels the dryness, due to a lack of tears or bad quality of tears, and the brain signals back to produce more water. What is produced are not balanced tears, but a reflex arch which is why there is an excess of water that overflows, leaves the eye and makes it tear up.


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What are the consequences of not treating dry eye?
If we don’t treat something that we have, symptoms will continue. There can be a loss of vision or loss of eye in very severe dry eye cases and usually is because the dry eye is associated to another disease. Every case is different. Not all patients are the same and they have to be treated very specifically.


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Is dry eye Sjögren’s syndrome?
Saying no is too strict and saying yes is a mistake. Sjögren is a syndrome in which dry eye occurs, but is not the only thing, since there is a systemic inflammation that is creating dryness at a mucous level, both orally and in the eyes. Dry eye does occur, and it is associated with rheumatological diseases and it is an autoimmune response to the glands that produce saliva and tears. Dry eye caused by Sjögren’s syndrome is difficult to treat since even with a systemic treatment it is difficult that there is any improvement. If you have Sjögren’s syndrome, schedule an appointment so we can assist you fully.


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