What is Dry Eye?
Dry Eye Syndrome is one of the most common problems treated by eye physicians. Symptoms of dry eye can be a sandy or gritty feeling, chronic redness, blurred vision, constant watering, and/or the inability to comfortably wear your contacts for more than three to four hours.
Severe symptoms could include: pain, extreme blurred vision, corneal scarring, and gland loss.
There are two primary causes of dry eye. The first cause is evaporation which means your tears evaporate faster than they can be produced. The second cause is is a deficiency in tear production. Contrary to what most people think, regularly using eye drops is often not the best treatment.
86 % of dry eyes are caused by meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD). Meibomian glands are the tear ducts in out inner eyelids which produce the oil needed for tear film. The thicker our tears are, the less likely they will evaporate. When our meibomian glands become blocked and compromised from chronic inflammation, climate, computer use, and other everyday activities they slow down and stop producing that essential oil that is needed for our tears.
Our LipiScan Dynamic Meibomian Imager can take high-resolution images of your inner eyelids.
The LipiFlow medical treatment for Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD)
If your eyes are dry due to gland dysfunction then treatment with the LipiFlow system is recommended. The LipiFlow warms the eyelids from the inside and massages the tear ducts until the obstructed meibum is liquefied and pushed up and out of the gland orifices.
LipiFlow complements the LipiScan. The Lipiflow treatment helps to treat dry eye syndrome caused by MGD. By combining a gentle massage and heat, this directly treats the meibomian glands to improve gland secretions. This treatment is considered convenient for many people, as it reduces the need for daily eye drops. The entire procedure is safe and comfortable, it is performed in our office and takes about 12 minutes.
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