Dry eye disease is a condition characterized by insufficient tear production as well as poor quality tear production, resulting in tear evaporation. Tears normally function to lubricate and nourish the eye.
With each blink of the eyelids, tears are spread over the front surface of the eye, known as the cornea. Tears provide not only lubrication, but also reduce the risk of eye infection, wash away foreign matter in the eye and keep the eye surface smooth and clear. There are several causes for development of dry eye disease, including age, medications (such as antihistamines, blood pressure medications and antidepressants) and certain medical conditions (such as rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, and thyroid disease.) Additionally, environmental conditions caused by exposure to heat and dry air lead to developing dry eye disease. Reduced blinking with computer work and reading can also contribute to dry eye disease.
Nearly 25 to 30 million Americans are affected, especially over the age of 40. There are many treatments available for dry eye disease. Dr. Diamante is an expert in dry eye disease and offers advanced treatment options. Dr. Diamante has many patients in the greater Rhode Island area with severe dry eye disease and develops customized treatment plans to provide relief.
To learn how a world-class team can give you the best treatment for dry eye disease, call the most trusted name in eyecare – Giulio Diamante, MD & Associates – at 401.521.3606 or use our online Request an Appointment form to schedule your appointment.