Current Studies

Dry Eye Syndrome (DES)

  • Dry eye is a common condition, particularly in older adults, in which the eye is inadequately lubricated due to either insufficient tear production or production of poor quality tears. Tears are necessary for maintaining the health of the front surface of the eye and for providing clear vision. Patients with DES often experience symptoms such as: irritation, scratchy or burning eyes, foreign body sensation, excess watering, or blurry vision.
  • Common treatments
    • Dry eyes can be combated through a variety of measures. Often times over-the-counter artificial tear drops are sufficient to sooth the patient if their case is mild enough. Additional measures can include prescription eye drops designed to increase tear production or even blocking tear ducts to keep the natural tears in the eyes for a longer period of time. Other treatments include ointments as well as warm compresses and eyelid massages.

Glaucoma or Ocular Hypertension

  • Glaucoma is a disease affecting the optic nerve which if left untreated can progress to blindness. Glaucoma is a progressive disease, worsening over time, which cannot currently be prevented; it can be controlled if properly diagnosed and treated early enough. It is often caused by an elevation in pressure inside they eye which consequently damages the optic nerve.
  • Common treatments include a variety of popular medications, either singularly or prescribed in a combination. Additionally, a variety of laser and conventional surgeries may be performed to aide with treatment.


  • Hypotrichosis is a condition of abnormal hair growth in which the hair might be sparse, short, brittle, or lack pigmentation.
  • Currently, the Clayton Eye Center is conducting studies for Latisse®, a product designed to aide in growing longer, fuller, darker lashes. For more information about the Latisse® product ( please visit Allergan’s website.


  • Blepharitis is a common ocular condition caused by bacteria and skin conditions resulting in chronic inflammation. Patients often suffer redness of the affected eye, itching, and irritation. Treatment and management of blepharitis can vary from utilizing warm compresses on the affected areas to medicinal treatment of bacterial causes.

Conjunctivitis (Allergic, Viral, or Bacterial)

  • Conjunctivitis, commonly referred to as “pink-eye”, is an inflammation or infection of the outermost later of the eye and inner surface of the eyelid. Patients suffering from conjunctivitis may suffer a variety of symptoms depending on the cause including: redness, variable itch, grittiness/irritation, watering, discharge, or matting/crusting of the surrounding areas.
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