There are two forms of Dry Eye disease.
Are you treating the right one?
Dry eye is a common and often chronic problem, particularly in older adults. Dry eye is a condition in which a person doesn't have enough quality tears to lubricate and nourish the eye. Tears are necessary for maintaining the health of the front surface of the eye and for providing clear vision. Typically, patients with dry eye experience discomfort and sensitivity to light as well as red, burning, tearing, gritty, and/or itchy eyes. It can be caused by many things, including environmental factors such as air conditioning and seasonal allergies. Even prolonged computer use and certain conditions, like Sjogren's syndrome and rheumatoid arthritis, can cause or exacerbate symptoms.
With each blink of the eyelids, tears spread across the front surface of the eye, known as the cornea. Tears provide lubrication, reduce the risk of eye infection, wash away foreign matter in the eye and keep the surface of the eyes smooth and clear. Excess tears in the eyes flow into small drainage ducts in the inner corners of the eyelids, which drain into the back of the nose. Dry eyes can occur when tear production and drainage is not in balance.
People with dry eyes either do not produce enough tears or their tears are of a poor quality:
The most common form of dry eyes occurs when the water layer of tears is inadequate. This condition, called keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS), is also referred to as dry eye syndrome.
People with dry eyes may experience irritated, gritty, scratchy or burning eyes; a feeling of something in their eyes; excess watering; and blurred vision. Advanced dry eyes may damage the front surface of the eye and impair vision.
Depending on your personalized treatment plan, the doctor might also recommend additional at-home treatments which may include artificial tears, prescription eye drops, lid scrubs, and nutritional supplements like Omega-3's.
Treatments for dry eyes aim to restore or maintain the normal amount of tears in the eye to minimize dryness and related discomfort and to maintain eye health.
Dry eyes can develop for many reasons, including:
Dry eyes can be diagnosed through a comprehensive eye examination. Testing, with emphasis on the evaluation of the quantity and quality of tears produced by the eyes, may include:
With the information obtained from testing, our optometrist can determine if you have dry eyes and advise you on treatment options.
The Dry Eye Doctors at Westchester Eyes can conquer & manage blepharitis, Meibomian Gland Dystrophy and Dry Eye disease with LidPro Eye Exfoliator and MiBoFlo Thermoelectric technology.
Lidpro is a handheld device used to gently exfoliate the upper and lower eyelid as a treatment for Blepharitis. Blepharitis is a condition where an overgrowth of the bacteria in the eyelids and eyelashes causes a biofilm layer that prevents healthy tear production, leading to dry, painful, gritty, and watery eyes.
The exfoliation is very gentle using ultra soft cleaning discs with less friction at an increased speed means the process is faster and results in less irritation. Normally after the initial series of treatments a patient will be seen for this procedure every 4-6 months in order to maintain healthy eyelids and lashes.
The MiBo Thermoflo is a therapeutic medical device providing safe and effective alternative therapy for dry eyes. It uses a thermoelectric heat pump to break down the hardened meibum clogging the glands, thus allowing natural oils to be secreted and improving the preservation and function of the evaporative component of the tear film.
Over time and with a specific prescribed therapy regimen, the ducts of the meibomian glands will secrete thinner and clearer lipids which will allow for a healthier tear film. Most patients benefit from four treatments but subsequent maintenance ensures long-lasting results.
Even after just one treatment, most patients experience a noticeable improvement. The sandy, gritty feeling often associated with dry eye is replaced by a smooth and silky sensation on the eyes' surface. More importantly, the newly lubricated eye surface will lead to improved eye health and vision clarity.
The combined LidPro & The Eye Massage featuring MiBoFlo treatment improves Chronic Dry Eye sufferers condition. LidPro - is a 20 second per eye treatment and the Eye Massage featuring MiBoFlo - is a 8-10 minutes per eye treatment.
Patient happiness - priceless
Key points: healthier eyelids, immediate reduced inflammation of upper and lower lids, patient comfort. - many patients return to comfortable contact lens tolerance -patients resume normal activities same day -quick treatment yields 95% patient satisfaction.