Dry Eye Syndrome
What is Dry Eye Syndrome?
The eye normally produces tears at a slow, steady rate allowing it to be constantly moisturized. If you don’t produce enough tears, or produce tears that are not of appropriate quality, you are said to have Dry Eye Syndrome.
The tear film is composed of three layers:
- Oily layer (produced by meibomian glands)
- Watery layer (produced by the lacrimal gland)
- Mucus layer (produced by the conjunctiva)
- Stinging or burning
- Scratchiness or foreign body sensation
- Stringy mucus in or around the eyes
- Excessive irritation from smoke or wind
- Excessive tearing, and/or contact lens intolerance.
While “excessive tearing” may sound illogical, it happens as a reflex in an effort to keep the eyes lubricated. The gland that produces the watery layer of the tear film is stimulated in response to ocular discomfort. Symptoms may be worse during dry winter weather, or if you have systemic conditions like arthritis. Certain medications can also contribute to the problem.
If you have tried any of the following to treat your dry eye symptoms with limited success, but want a long-term solution, you need to try LipiFlow:
- Over-the-counter lubricating drops
- Macrolides antibiotic
- Natural supplements and oils
- Prescription eye inserts (punctal plugs)
- Warm compresses
What is LipiFlow Dry Eye Treatment?
LipiFlow® is a revolutionary treatment for dry eyes and Advanced Eye Care Center is the only practice in Richland County with this advanced technology. In a clinical study, 79% of patients reported improved overall dry eye symptoms within four weeks of a single LipiFlow® treatment. This procedure gently massages the eyelids with soothing warmth, resulting in impressive improvement after only one treatment.
LipiFlow® is a new procedure designed to treat the root cause of Evaporative Dry Eye, blocked Meibomian glands. Opening and clearing these blocked glands can allow them to resume natural production of lipids (oils) needed for a healthy tear film. The LipiFlow® System is a non-invasive, in-office treatment that takes only minutes to complete for each eye. Many patients report noticeable improvement in the days following the LipiFlow® treatment, with relief continuing to improve 3-4 weeks following the procedure.
Are you a candidate for LipiFlow?
First step is to determine if you are indeed suffering from dry eyes. Your doctor will conduct a thorough evaluation using a brief questionnaire to determine the likely cause of your dry eye symptoms.
If the assessment indicates that your dry eyes symptoms are beyond mild, our doctors will use LipiView® to evaluate the lipid (oil) layer on your eyes. It takes detailed images of your eye’s tear film to determine whether or not you have Evaporative Dry Eye caused by Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD).
There’s no need to suffer from dry eyes any longer! Advanced Eye Care Center can help improve your vision and your quality of life. Call 419-521-3937 to schedule your LipiView evaluation today.
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