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The OculAr Surface

The Ocular Surface is a complex and delicate arrangement of organs

at the front of the eyeball

that provides a moist environment

in order to perform the first steps of the Vision Process  . . .   

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Tears and Tear Film

Tears are the Vehicle for the essential Moisture at the Ocular Surface. 

Tears are produced by the Ocular Glands -  mainly the Lacrimal Gland but also others . . . 

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Contact Lenses

Contact lenses are a fantastic medical device.

 The tempting idea of correcting refraction directly on the Ocular Surface has a long history . . .

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Meibomian Glands

Tear Film Lipids are of utmost Importance for the function of the Tear Film and thus for the Ocular Surface as a whole. The Meibomian Glands inside the eye lids produce lipids that form an Oil at body temperature . . .  MORE    

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Meibomian GLand Dysfunction - MGD

Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD) the most frequent alteration of the lipid producing glands inside the eyelids, is the main causative factor for Dry Eye Disease . . . .

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Dry Eye Disease

...Dry Eye Disease is a typically chronic irritative dysfunction of the Ocular Surface and can lead to a progressive tissue destruction. This complex dysregulation of ocular surface function is the most frequent eye disease and can occur due to a multitude of different influence factors

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The therapy

 

In dry eye disease, there is typically a lack of tear film - either in quantity or in quality. Usually aqueous drops are given as a main therapy option.

The primary causative factor for dry eye disease, however, is usually a lack of oil due to a malfunction of the meibomian glands inside the eyelids - this leads to rapid evaporation of aqueous tears.
 
Patients have many options of having their own eyelid care as an effective basic treatment of dry eye disease  . . . 

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The EyeLid Margin

... The EyeLid Margin lines the palpebral aperture and thus divides the oily-dry skin from the aqueous-moist mucosa of the ocular surface. The Lid Margin is a structure of underestimated importance for ocular surface health and for the onset and progression of Ocular Surface Disease, in particular Dry Eye Disease . . . MORE

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