If you suffer from chronically red eyes or painful irritation in your eyes, you may have an ocular surface disease. At New England Dry Eye & Aesthetics in Kittery, Maine, Dr. Edward H. Jaccoma offers in-depth diagnosis and treatment of many ocular surface diseases, including dry eye and blepharitis. You don’t have to live with eye redness and irritation any longer. Learn more about effective eye treatments by scheduling an appointment online or by calling the office.
Ocular surface diseases are a group of disorders that affect the cornea, the transparent surface layer on the front of your eye. These diseases include:
Ocular surface diseases negatively affect your eyesight and can interfere with your quality of life. They may limit your ability to wear contact lenses or receive laser refractive surgeries and require proper diagnosis and treatment to protect your vision and overall eye health effectively.
In many cases, ocular surface diseases go undiagnosed and untreated, leading to more health complications. Regular eye exams are essential and allow Dr. Jaccoma to identify potential eye health complications early so he can provide effective treatment.
Many of the ocular surface diseases have similar symptoms. It’s important to schedule a comprehensive eye exam with Dr. Jaccoma to get an accurate diagnosis and receive effective treatment.
Common symptoms of ocular disease include:
In severe cases, corneal scarring may occur that can lead to blindness.
There are several risk factors for developing ocular surface diseases. These factors include:
Some ocular surface diseases are more prevalent in women than men due to hormonal changes during pregnancy and menopause. Makeup (some mascaras, certain makeup removers) can also play a role.
Dr. Jaccoma offers innovative treatment solutions for a range of ocular surface diseases. He creates a customized treatment plan to improve your eye health based on your medical history and current symptoms.
Treatments for ocular surface diseases may include:
Certain eye medications used to treat other conditions such as dry eye and glaucoma may actually worsen some ocular surface diseases. This may be because they contain products your eyes are allergic to, or because they contain preservatives that are harsh chemicals designed to inhibit germs from infecting the product. Since each squeeze of the dropper bottle dispenses a drop, that drop is replaced in the bottle by room air. Room air can contain germs, dust, mold, pollen and a host of other unhygienic things. These harsh chemicals may “clean” these contaminants at the expense of hurting your eyes. Lastly, these products contain the “active ingredients” that are nothing like a human tear and at best, replace your tear with materials that can be unfriendly. At worst they can cause tear glands to whither and surface eye cells to suffer.
Treatments for ocular surface diseases caused by eye drops may include:
Dr. Jaccoma may also recommend corrective surgery to improve the eye structure or gland functioning to help increase natural tear production or repair eye damage. He discusses all of your treatment options during your eye evaluation.
For more information on Dr. Jaccoma's groundbreaking research on the treatment for this disorder at the American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery in Dallas in April 2018, please visit: HERE