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Dry Eye Syndrome

Dry eye syndrome or dry eye disease is the most common eye disease that eye doctors see in their office with as many as 30 to 40 million Americans effected by dry eyes. You have nearly a 10% chance of developing or having dry eye syndrome. The numbers are increasing significantly as people are spending more time starring at a variety of flat screen devices. These include smart phones, computer screens, iPads, and/or TVs. This is the result of them starring at these screens and diminishing their blinking which leads to their eyes drying out as they are not spreading their tears across their eyes. Teenagers are now developing dry eyes as many are spending hours starring at games on their flat screen device. As much as 3 billion dollars is spent on treating dry eye disease a year in the United States. 5 billion dollar a year loss in work productivity in the United States secondary to dry eye disease is becoming a significant problem.

What is Dry Eye, Dry Eye Syndrome or Dry Eye Disease?

There are more terms that are used for dry eye disease such as aqueous deficiency, evaporative tear deficiency, Keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS), dysfunctional tear syndrome, neurotropic epitheliopathy, and lacrimal keratoconjunctivitis. Dry eye disease in simple terms is the loss or reduction of the tear film that covers over the surface of the eye. The tissues that compose the surface of the eye require a specific amount of moisture or tear film for the tissue or cells on the surface of the eye to be healthy. A good or normal tear film is necessary for clear vision. If the level of the tear film present is insufficient, the outer surface tissues become sick, inflamed, irritated, and can eventually die. A normal tear film surface is necessary for clear vision as stated before as this is the first thing that light passes through on its way to be focused onto the retina in the back of the eye.

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  • (One of Dr. Croley’s patients wrote the following letter to local news organizations)

    Good Afternoon:
    Thought I’d give you a heads-up for a true community service feature.

    James Croley, MD is an eye surgeon located in Cape Coral [Bonita Springs and Lehigh Acres]. He has been serving in Cape Coral for about 30 years and has grown to be world renowned.

    Dr. Croley enjoys a reputation, as a result of his professionalism and accomplishments, that serve to set him apart from any other in a delicate field. He’s a giving, feeling individual, dedicated to making better those things that serve to improve the quality of life in our society.

    Dr. Croley has now authored a fabulous book entitled “Believing is Seeing.” The book is designed to provide insights into how to improve one’s health and welfare in a complicated world….and does just that!

    I believe that a feature focusing on the life and times of this extraordinary man would represent a true community service.
    In line with the Doctor’s giving persona…proceeds from the book sales will be donated towards Missions.

    Happy Easter & God Bless,

  • Dr. Croley,
    Thank you for seeing me as a new patient! You came highly recommended by [a friend] and I found my experience to be not only professional and thorough, but friendly as well! See you in February for a six-month check.

    My Best,

    Ps. It was a pleasure meeting your staff as well!”

  • Very professional office, staff and doctor.

  • I did not always know why I was doing some procedures but the end result was great and much better than expected.

  • I trust Dr.Croley with my eyes. He is the best eye doctor I have ever been to. He is genuinely concerned about my pressures and being diabetic he keeps track of any changes. I would and have recommended him to my friends. I feel blessed that Dr. Croley is looking after me.

  • Trust completely. Do not want to ever have to change doctor.

  • Very pleased and love the entire staff. Will highly recommend Dr. Croley. I have good results.

  • I’m now excited to get the other eye done.

  • Dr.Croley and his friendly, efficient staff make my appointments very pleasant. I also appreciate Dr. Croley’s current knowledge of new procedures and possibilities.

  • Very nice office, great staff very caring & friendly

  • Has many patients but devotes time only for you when with you. Made me feel very much at ease with her compassion and personal interest. Office staff very courteous & definitely trust Dr. Croley.

  • Dr.Croley is well-versed and articulate and maintains state-of-the-art knowledge and technology. No reservations in recommendations.


The Cataract & Refractive
Institute of Florida

James E. Croley III, M.D.

Office Hours

  • Monday

    7:30am – 4:00pm
    Dr. Croley sees patients at 7:30am in Cape Coral.

  • Tuesday

    8:00am – 4:00pm
    Dr. Croley performs surgeries on this day.

  • Wednesday

    7:30am – 4:00pm
    Dr. Croley sees patients at 7:30am in Cape Coral.

  • Thursday

    8:00am – 3:30pm
    Dr. Croley sees patients at 8:30am in Lehigh.

  • Friday

    8:00am – 3:30pm
    Dr. Croley alternates also in Bonita & Cape Coral.

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