Tired of Suffering From Dry Eyes?
Dry Eye Syndrome, also known as Dry Eye Disease, is one of the most common eye conditions and a primary reason for visits to the optometrist. This condition can have multiple causes but tends to share common symptoms, some of the risk factors for dry eye disease include age, medication, health conditions, environmental factors and computer use.
Common Dry Eye Symptoms Include:
- Red, burning, itchy eyes
- Excess watering
- Light sensitivity
- Gritty/Sandy feeling in eyes
- Blurry Vision
- Eye fatigue
What Causes Dry Eye?
Believe it or not, tears are an important of our eye health, each time we blink a protective layer called the tear film spreads over the front of our eyes. The tear film is a mixture of water, oil and mucus, and helps keep the surface of our eyes smooth and clear.
Each component of the tear film serves a important part in keeping eyes healthy. With that in mind, there are two main reasons for dry eye disease. The first is decreased tear production, and the second is considered to be the leading cause of dry eye and results from blockages in the meibomian glands that produce the oil layer of the tear film.
Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD)
86% of dry eye patients suffer from a condition called Meibomian Gland Dysfunction. The meibomian glands are located in the upper and lower eyelids, and MGD occurs when there are changes to the amount or quality of the oil being produced and reaching the surface of the eye.
The most common type of MGD happens when the gland openings get clogged and stop producing oil, and chronically clogged glands results in severe dry eye symptoms. If left untreated MGD can cause severe dry eye as well as eyelid inflammation condition called blepharitis.
In the early stages patients may not have any symptoms of dry eye. which is why we recommend checking the health of your glands during your annual eye exam.
Lipiflow: Dry Eye Treatment
Knowing what is causing your dry eye will help your doctor determine the best treatment option, a series of evaluations will be performed to determine if you have MGD, this will include LipiScan, a meibomian gland imaging technology. With the breakthrough LipiFlow technology it’s possible to directly treat the root cause of MGD during a non-invasive, 12 minute in-office procedure.
LipiFlow is designed to remove blockages in the meibmomian glands, allowing them to properly express the oil needed for the tear film. This treatment applies a gentle heat to soften the hardened oil while also delivering a gentle massage to open and express the blocked glands, restoring gland function. This helps glands resume oil production and start to release oils to coat the eye’s tears, reducing dry eye symptoms.