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True Tear

true tear

The doctors at Summit Eye Center are excited to be able to offer a new, innovative treatment for Dry Eye Disease, TrueTear from Allergan. This is a treatment that patients can do at home or on the go that does not involve eye drops or a medication.

TrueTear is a neurostimulation device that temporarily increases the production of your natural tears. The fact that it is your natural tears is important. The natural tear film is composed of lipids, mucins, proteins and salts that are vital to nourishment and protection of the cornea.

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Dry Eye

Dry Eye Disease is one of the most common reasons for patients to visit an eye doctor. A 2012 Gallup poll showed that over 26 million Americans suffer from Dry Eye. Another poll has found that over 45% of the population over the age of 18 in the United States regularly experience Dry Eye symptoms. Dry Eye is characterized by a breakdown in the stability of the tear film.

The tear film is critical in maintaining the health of the front surface of the eye. It is also important in providing clear vision. The cornea, which is the window into the eye, plays the largest focusing role in the eye. Wetting of the cornea by the tear film is critical to maximizing the quality of the images we see.

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