The Dry Eye affects 30% of the population and the causes are several, making it a rather complex disease. Adding to this, it is important to know that it is chronic and its effects are discomfort and vision impediment of varying severity.
Therefore, if we see ourselves with symptoms of this type, maybe we must ask ourselves if it is time to request an appointment with a specialist. If so, we hope that the following information will be helpful in taking such a delicate decision.
Specialists in the Canary Islands in the medicine of Ophthalmology?
In this case, we want to inform you about Innova Ocular Clínica Muiños, because it is the most prestigious and technically gifted clinic in the island of Tenerife. Which we understand as a reason of enough weight.
If you think it is not enough, we can add that it is a reference in the Canary archipelago, and its director, Dr. José Alberto Muiños, is a trained surgeon of ophthalmology at the prestigious Barraquer Institute, Barcelona.
The specialist who treats the Dry Eye is Dr. Eva Ayala who has an ample career and extensive experience. Which are, among others:
- Professor of the Master in Ophthalmic and Orbital Plastic Surgery. Instituto de Microcirugía Ocular de Barcelona (I.M.O.), Autonomous University of Barcelona
- Professor of ESASO (European School for Advanced Studies in Ophthalmology)
- Ophthalmologist responsible for the Oculoplastic Surgery Section. Amigó- Muiños Ophthalmological Institute, Santa Cruz de Tenerife
- Ophthalmologist of the Department of Oculoplastic and Oculofacial Aesthetics. Instituto de Microcirugía Ocular (I.M.O.), Barcelona
Now we have her at Clínica Innova Ocular Muiños as a medical specialist.
Shall we continue? Great!
Causes to consider before contacting
As we indicated at the beginning, the problem comes either by the quality and/or due to the quantity of the tear. The effects of this disease are some inflammation. The causes that puts us in predisposition to quality loss and/or amount of the tear are among others, the following: hormonal alterations (menopause, adolescence), advanced age, environmental factors (air conditioning, heating, contamination), use of contact lenses, vitamin deficiency , autoimmune diseases (Sjögren’s syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia).
Apart from the causes mentioned above, other important factors to consider are the predisposition that we have to the indiscriminate use of electronic screens: television, computer, mobile phones…
Now it is better understood why this pathology is cataloged as, in more technical terms, complex, multifactorial and a chronic disease. Thanks to Clínica Innova Ocular Muiños we leave here the OSDI Test for Dry Eye detection. The results will give us clues, indicating if we suffer from dry eyes, as well as the type of treatment required.
It is ALL in the tear
The tear is a vital part in the correct functioning of our eyes. Its functions are many and diverse among them we can find:
- Provides oxygen
- Defends the eye from bacteria
- Absorbs part of the ultraviolet rays of the sunlight
What can be done to control the Dry Eye?
Once we have made up our minds to contact, the best option is to contact a specialist. The specialist will make an assessment of your type of Dry Eye and will indicate a personalized treatment.
Recommendations to put into practice:
- The 20-20-20 rule, that is, every 20 minutes in front of the screen, rests your eyes by looking at a point that is about 20 feet away (6 meters) during 20 seconds
- Add foods with Omega 3 to your diet
- The eye drops with vasoconstrictors or preservatives that are commonly used can increase dry eye
In the case of Innova Ocular Clínica Muiños, we can find treatments such as artificial tears and lubricating ointments, home eyelid hygiene (applying heat, massaging and cleaning the edges of the eyelids), topical anti-inflammatories, oral antibiotics and the correct use and maintenance of contact lenses, among others.
Are the quality and/or quantity of your tears up to standards?
We hope that this information has been of your liking and that if you are considering a medical visit, keep in mind what is stated here. If even with the presented you are still undecided, the most logical thing is to be aided to make your mind up.
Who better than your family doctor?! To make an educated and appropriate decision to your eye pathology. What we do understand is that you will go to this conversation with a greater knowledge of this complex and chronic disease, known as Dry Eye.