Ocular Surface Disease

Ocular surface disease (OSD) is not a single disease in and of itself, but rather a group of disorders that can occur on the surface of your eyes, significantly affecting your eyesight and quality of life. Many cases of ocular surface disease go undiagnosed and untreated, especially in older patients. At Brooks Eye Associates, our experienced Plano ophthalmology team specializes in identifying and treating this common problem.

If you are experiencing itching, pain, discomfort, tearing or a foreign body sensation in your eyes, please call us today at (972) 737-1181 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Brooks. We can precisely diagnose your condition and help you find relief from your symptoms.

Causes and Symptoms of Ocular Surface Disease

A stable tear film is necessary in order to protect your eyes against infection, keep them moist, and clean the surface of your cornea. Your tear film is controlled by various glands and tissues around the surface of your eyes. Sometimes, a problem with one of these glands or tissues can cause your tear film to become unstable, resulting in dry eye syndrome or another type of ocular surface disease.

Symptoms can include:

  • Blurry vision
  • Gritty or scratchy feeling in the eye
  • Redness
  • Itching
  • Watery eyes
  • Pain

Ocular surface disease symptoms are often worse in the evening, and can be exacerbated by an arid climate or windy conditions.

Types of Ocular Surface Disease

Some of the most common types of ocular surface disease include:

  • Dry eye syndrome
  • Blepharitis
  • Allergies
  • Meibomian gland dysfunction
  • Keratitis
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Chemical or thermal burns
  • Immunological conditions (e.g. Sjogren’s Syndrome)

At Brooks Eye Associates, we regularly diagnose, treat, and manage many different forms of ocular surface disease to help patients experience clear, healthy vision again. Our board-certified ophthalmologist Dr. Dain Brooks has the experience and proven treatment options you need to find relief from OSD.

If you have further questions about astigmatism, please contact Brooks Eye Associates today or call (972) 403-1110 to schedule an appointment. We serve patients throughout Plano, Frisco, and Dallas, Texas.

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