While Groetken Family Eye Care in Le Mars, Iowa has always provided excellent care for those suffering from Dry Eyes Syndrome we took it even further by becoming accredited. Seeking to provide the best care at every turn for your vision.
Dry Eye Syndrome
Dry eye disease, also known as keratoconjunctivitis sicca, is a condition that results in the inflammation of the eye and the tear-producing glands. This inflammation decreases the eye’s ability to produce normal tears that protect the eye from irritation and keep it moisturized and lubricated. The tear film is composed of three intermingling layers:
- Oily layer – outermost layer prevents evaporation
- Watery layer – middle layer moisturizes the eye
- Mucous layer – inner layer allows adherence between the eye and the watery layer
Dr Elizabeth Groetken explains that a disruption of the function of any one or more of these layers can cause dry eye symptoms.
It’s estimated that 20 percent of Americans, women more often than men, suffer from dry eyes, which can cause a range of uncomfortable symptoms. Dry eyes are characterized by a scratchy, gritty, or burning feeling, redness, stringy mucus, and increased sensitivity to light. Wind, dry air, and other environmental factors are but a few of the causes.
Surprisingly, dry eye syndrome can also cause excessive watering eyes due to the tears lacking the proper balance of mucous, water, and oil to coat the eyes properly. Chronic dry eyes can lead to damage of the eye’s surface, an increased risk of eye infections, and eventually, the inability to produce tears. Left untreated, severe forms of dry eyes can even damage your vision. At our Le Mars, Iowa location we can help patients determine potential causes of their dry eye syndrome and identify appropriate dry eyes treatments.
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712 546 8998
16 Central Ave NE
Le Mars, IA