Ocular surface diseases

Unlike the skin covering the rest of the body, the ocular surface is secured only by a thin layer of tear film. A steady tear film present when the eye is open is the key system to keep up the ocular surface healthy. Ocular surface disorder are disorders of the surface of the cornea—the transparent layer that forms the structure in front of the eye. These disorder incorporates dry eye syndrome, meibomian gland dysfunction, rosaceous, scarring from glaucoma medications, allergies, chemical burns, thermal burns, and immunological conditions such as Mucous Membrane Pemphigoid and Sjogren’s Syndrome.

Ocular surface diseases can extremely affect eyesight and quality of life. Symptoms may include blurry vision, discomfort or pain, redness and itching, and in severe cases, blindness due to corneal scarring.

Unfortunately, cases often go undiagnosed and undertreated, because of a lack of understanding of symptoms and inaccurate evaluation. And, as people are living longer, these disorders are becoming more prevalent.