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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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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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