Dry Eye Syndrome

What does Dry Eye look & feel like?

  • Blurred Vision
  • Eye redness
  • Tired eyes
  • Burning
  • Grittiness
  • Irritation
  • Watery Eyes
  • Foreign body sensation

What causes Dry Eye?

Here are some of the major causes of Dry Eye:

  • Exposure (i.e. poor closure of the eyelids)
  • Poor production of your natural tears
  • Decreased lipid content of tears (which may be related to blocked or inflamed glands of the eyelid)
  • Certain prescription medications
Here is a magnified picture of blocked Meibomian glands of the eyelid taken from dryeeyezone.com.

Blocked meibomian glands

Dry Eye Testing

Before starting treatment, it is important to understand what is causing your Dry Eye. This information will allow a more focused approach to your dry eye treatment.

Appropriate dry eye testing entails a full exam with your Ophthalmologist and may involve certain in-office tests to determine the cause.

Dry Eye Treatment

There are various modes of Dry Eye treatment. Common therapies include the following:

  • Artificial tears or lubricant drops
  • Tear gels/ointments
  • Lid Scrubs
  • Fire and ice mask
  • Hydroeye
  • MiBo
  • LipiFlow
  • IPL

New treatment options

There are a lot of new and exciting treatments for Dry Eye. MiBo and LipiFlow have both shown very promising results in recent studies. However, these therapies are not suited for every type of patient. They work especially well for patients whose Dry Eye is related to blocked glands of the eyelid (pictured above). Ask your eye doctor if you fit into this category.

 

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