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Ocular surface diseases are disorders of the surface of the cornea; the transparent layer that forms the front of the eye. These diseases include allergies, blepharitis, chemical burns, dry eye syndrome, Meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD), rosaceous, scarring from glaucoma medications, thermal burns, as well as immunological conditions such as Mucous Membrane Pemphigoid and Sjögren’s Syndrome.

Ocular surface diseases can seriously impact eyesight and quality of life for patients. Symptoms vary, but may include blurry vision, burning sensations, discomfort wearing contact lenses, dryness, discomfort or pain, excessive tearing, eye fatigue, foreign body sensation, itching, mucous in or around the eyes, redness, sensitivity to light, and in rare cases, loss of vision.

Many cases of dry eye continue to go undiagnosed or under treated and as our population lives longer, the situation is becoming more prevalent. Proper diagnosis and management can only be provided by specialized professionals, with the assistance of effective tools to help diagnose dry eye and reliable treatment options. I-MED Pharma is focused on providing eye care professionals with the most innovative and effective products at an affordable price with the goal of improving diagnoses and improving patient access to the best treatment options.

What is Dry Eye Disease?

Dry Eye Disease (DED), or Dry Eye Syndrome (DES), is the most common eye disorder occurring in approximately 20% of the population. It is the result of a decline in the quantity or quality of tears produced. This happens when the tear glands in the upper and lower eyelids do not produce enough of the right kind of tears.

Potential symptoms of Dry Eye

  • Blurry vision
  • Burning sensation
  • Contact lens discomfort / dryness
  • Dryness / excessive blinking
  • Excessive tearing / watery eyes
  • Foreign body sensation (feeling of something in the eye)
  • Itching
  • Light sensitivity
  • Redness
  • Scratchy, feeling of sand or grit in eye
  • Stringy mucous in or around the eyes
  • Tired eyes / eye fatigue

The Complexity of Tears

Tears function to protect your eyes and keep them lubricated and comfortable. Your eyes produce two types of tears:

Lubricating tears that moisturize and protect your eyes from infections

Reflex tears that respond to environmental stimuli (dust, smoke, etc.), injury or emotion

Interestingly enough, ‘watery’ eyes can be a symptom of D.E.S. Irritants that cause D.E.S. can trigger the production of reflex tears. However, since reflex tears do not have the proper lubricating components, the discomfort remains.

We offer a wide range of tools to help diagnose dry eye. Find the one that best suits your patients’ eyes: