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Dry Eye Treatment

We are committed to healthy vision. And as Dry Eye experts we offer specialized attention through our Dry Eye Clinic. We understand your frustration with the limitations of traditional therapies and are committed to bringing you the best technology available to treat this uncomfortable disease – so that you can enjoy the greatest possible relief. It’s time for a revolutionary approach to Dry Eye treatment.

If you’ve been suffering with this painful condition – or think you may have it – we can determine the cause or your symptoms and apply therapy appropriate to your specific needs that may make your daily discomfort a thing of the past.

 

Common symptoms of Dry Eye

  • Dryness
  • Discomfort and irritation
  • Grittiness or feeling of a foreign body in the eye
  • Burning or stinging sensation
  • Tearing
  • Redness
  • Discharge
  • Tiredness
  • Itching
  • Vision disturbance
  • Sensitivity to light

Risk Factors

  • Hormonal changes in women during menopause – particularly decreasing levels of estrogen – can cause thickening of the oils secreted by the meibomian glands, which results in blockages.
  • Decreased estrogen levels may enhance conditions under which staphylococcal bacteria can proliferate in the meibomian glands. This results in decreased oil secretion rate.
  • Additional factors that may cause or exacerbate meibomian gland dysfunction include age, contact lens use and hygiene, cosmetic use, and illnesses, particularly diabetes.

 

 

 

Dry Eye is a long-term chronic disease that takes years to develop – and may worsen if left untreated. More than 100 million people have Dry Eye. There are two main forms of the disease: evaporative and aqueous deficient.

Evaporative Dry Eye, which accounts for 86% of all dry eye cases is caused by blockages in the Meibomian glands located in your eyelids.

This condition of obstructed glands is known as Meibomian Gland Dysfunction. These glands are responsible for creating the lipid (oil) layer of tears. When the glands aren’t working as they should, you don’t have enough tear film oil. And your tears – which lubricate your eyes and keep them comfortable – evaporate too quickly. An insufficient oil layer can cause your tears to evaporate 4x-16x faster.

Aqueous Deficient Dry Eye occurs when the lacrimal glands do not create a sufficient amount of aqueous (water) to keep the eyes moist.

 

How Dry Eye can negatively impact your vision – and your life.

 

The symptoms of Dry Eye can be uncomfortable – and a big burden. Basic visual tasks, such as reading, using a computer, driving or watching television may become difficult. Wearing contact lenses may be impossible. And, you might find that symptoms worsen later in the day, keeping you from enjoying the activities you want to do.

Underlying the considerable discomfort is a real physical condition that needs treatment to stop the cycle of Dry Eye deterioration and worsening symptoms. Dry Eye is a chronic disease – and without proper management, the deterioration may look like this:

  • Increased evaporation of tears
  • Unstable tear film
  • Damage to the eye surface
  • Further discomfort
  • Inflammation and cell damage
  • Fluctuation and decrease in vision