Medical Minute 12-3: Dry Eye Syndrome

By: Melissa Medalie Email
By: Melissa Medalie Email

Jamie Harwood is a woman on the go, but when she developed dry eye a few months ago, her eyes got so irritated and painful she didn't want to leave home.

"People stopped asking me to go places and do things, because they knew I would just turn them down because of my eyes," said Jamie Harwood.

Today, she's trying out a new pair of contact lenses. But for Jamie, they're not to help her see, they're to help her severe dry eye disease.

Filled with fluid, the lens vaults over the cornea, landing on the white sclera of the eye.

"The vaulted section is filled with a sterile no preserved saline which acts as a liquid bandage to cushion the cornea," said Jill Bryant, O.D., F.A.A.O., Optometrist, Medical Director of Contact Lens Duke University.

The dry eye contact is much larger than standard contact lenses, custom made with or without vision correction. The lens can be worn all day every day just like a regular contact.

Now, thanks to her new contacts, Jamie can use her eyes for the really important stuff. More fun, and no more pain.

"I'm really myself again. It's given me back my life," said Jamie Harwood.

For more information, call (407) 740-0789 ext. 579

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