Symptoms of Dry Eye


How Our Doctors Diagnose Dry Eye

Your doctor will begin by looking at your eyelids and the surface of your eyes. He or she will also examine how you blink. During the dry eye exam, your doctor will be testing to see whether you are producing enough tears, or if your dry eye is caused by MGD (meibomian gland dysfunction). 86% of dry eye patients are affected by MGD. The meibomian glands, which are in the eyelids, produce a protective oily layer of tear film. This oil helps to protect the ocular surface from disease and prevents the watery part of your tears from evaporating when your eyes are open. When the glands are no longer producing enough oil, the eyes become uncomfortable, red and dry. 



Dry Eye Prevention Tips

Follow these prevention tips to minimize the impact on your dry eye.

• Avoid hair dryers
• Stay away from very warm rooms or add moisture into the air with a humidifier
• Protect your eyes from drying wind by wearing wrap-around glasses outside
• Add omega-3 fatty acids to your diet by consuming fish, flax seed or through a dietary supplement
• Use artificial tears just before you go to bed


Punctal Occlusion

An additional dry eye treatment is the punctal occlusion.  During the procedure, tiny biocompatible plugs are inserted into the tear ducts.  These plugs block drainage and increase moisture in the tear film and on the eye’s surface. This is the least invasive of the long-term solutions to treat Dry Eye Syndrome. Punctal occlusion will allow you to use your own natural tears without the inconvenience and expense of constantly replacing the tear film with artificial tears.

The entire procedure can be performed at our office within a few minutes. Many patients report immediate relief from dry eye symptoms. This procedure is best used when the surface of the eye tissue has minimal evidence of inflammation. Typically, we recommend the comfortable 6-month duration plug which dissolves naturally and is replaced as needed.


LipiFlow Procedure

LipiFlow is a revolutionary in-office procedure that is effective in treating evaporative dry eye. It is the only FDA-cleared device for removing gland blockages and restoring gland function. The LipFlow instrument works by applying heat directly on the inner surface of the eyelids. The combination of heat applied to the inner eyelids and massage to remove the obstructions in your meibomian glands results in long-lasting relief of dry eye symptoms.

For more information on treatments and the LipiFlow Procedure, and to get YOUR customized dry eye treatment plan, schedule an appointment TODAY!