Dry Eye Syndrome
medical animation

exploring the science behind an opthalmologic condition.

Description
This animation highlights an ophtalmologic condition called dry eye syndrome, where it shows the breakdown in the natural layer of tears that coats the front of the eye, called tear film.

What is Dry Eye Syndrome

Dry eye syndrome is a general term that describes the state of the front of the eye in response to a breakdown in the natural layer of tears that coats the front of the eye, called the tear film.

Normally, this layer of tears is a stable, homogenous layer that not only provides the cornea and conjunctiva a healthy buffer from damage were it constantly exposed to the air, but this interface between the tear film and the air is also responsible for a significant amount of the focusing power of the eye.

When the tear film becomes unhealthy, it breaks down in different places on the cornea and conjunctiva, leading not only to symptoms of irritation, but also to unstable and intermittently changing vision.

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