Dry Eye Services
Dry Eye Disease
Tears are essential for good eye health. Healthy tears maintain a stable tear film over the eye between links. If the tear film is not thick enough or doesn’t have enough lipid layer that holds the tears together, the ear can break apart and expose the surface of the eye. If this happens regularly, dry eye disease may result. It is estimated 59 million Americans suffer from Dry Eye Disease. Untreated dry eye can damage the eye tissue and impair vision by scaring the cornea.
What are the Symptoms of Dry Eyes Disease?
- itchy, scratchy eyes
- foreign body sensation
- red eye lids
- watery, mattering, stickiness
- the need to rub the eyes
People sometimes mistake dry eye for allergies, because the symptoms are quite similar. If you suspect you may have dry eye or are having any of these symptoms, please call/text our office to schedule an appointment, 702-889-EYES (3937). The longer a person waits to receive treatment the harder it become to reverse the symptom.
There a many different reasons someone can develop dry eyes, such as:
- Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD)
The human eye has 40-70 Meibomian glands located in your upper and lower eyelids. These glands secrete oils that stabilize the tear film keeping the surface of your eye moist and comfortable. When an the small meibomian glands are blocked the result is MGD. This then prevents these tiny glands from producing the lipids needed to maintain the right balance for the optimum quality and functioning of the tears. A shortage of these lipids can cause the tears in your eyes to evaporate too quickly, resulting in dry eyes.
Blepharitis means "lid inflammation". Blepharitis creates a biofilm along the eyelashes causing dry, flaky skin and excreted toxins that cause inflammation. These toxins cause low-grade chronic inflammation which, over time, shuts down the meibomian glands.
- Dry, dusty or windy climate
- Insufficient blinking
- Certain medication side effects
- Eye surgery such as LASIK/PRK
Treating Dry Eye Disease
Most cases of dry eye cannot be cured; however, the symptoms can be lessened and vision improved.
Treatment of dry eyes varies with the severity of the condition. Mild cases may be helped with artificial tears. More severe cases need a more robust approach. Treatment may require prescription drops, ointment, tear duct plugs and increasing the function of the Meibomian glands.
There are new advances in treatment of Dry Eyes Disease such as:
- BlephEx- is an eyelid exfoliation treatment that gently spins a medical grade, micro sponge, along the eyelid and lashes, removing the built-up biofilm, unsightly debris and toxins.
Prior to treatment, a numbing drop is placed in each eye to allow maximum comfort. A clean sponge tip is used for each eyelid to prevent the spread of bacteria. Following the treatment, the eyes are rinsed thoroughly. The treatment takes 7-10 minutes, most patients describe a tickling sensation during the procedure.
- MiBoFlo- is an effective way to help manage dry eye by using heat and massage. MiBoFlo uses therapeutic temperature of 108 degrees to help liquefy viscous or dried-up tears. The heat also stimulates your meibomian glands to produce more tears.
Most patients find MiBoFlo very soothing. You will be asked to close your eyes as we apply ultrasound gel on the MiBoFlo eye pads. You may feel a slight pressure as we massage the warm eye pads on your eyelids. A session usually involves a minimum of eight minutes per eye.
- iLux- is a fast and effective treatment device that incorporates the innovative Smart Tip Patient Interface to deliver therapeutic heat directly to the blocked meibomian glands and then express the oil.
The doctor will first asses your eyelids to determine the treatment areas. With your eyes closed, your eyelid is held between the soft, biocompatible pads of the iLux® device where therapeutic, light-based heat will begin to warm the blocked glands to a safe temperature to help soften and release the oil.
- Low Level Light Therapy (LLLT) and EPI-C Plus IPL- developed by NASA, LLLT has proven effective at treating dry eye disease. Light modulation is a unique technology that has been used for many years in the fields of dermatology and dentistry. This technology emits light at a particular wavelength to trigger the production of ATP and increased cellular function as well as an internal heating.
Its quick and painless! Simply lay back with the Equinox mask on and relax as the warm light clears your glands. LLLT uses specifically designed LED lights to gently warm up the eyelids for 15 minutes a session, causing the meibomian glands to unclog and release oils. Can be used on both adults and children.
It may also help decrease the appearance of facial wrinkles, acne, and rosacea.
While none of the procedures are covered by insurance, they are very affordable. Especially when compared to the long-term costs of dry eye treatment not only financially, but in terms of your vision.
At Henderson Vision Care, our doctors will evaluate the severity of your condition to determine the best treatment plan for you.
Call us today 702-889-EYES (3937).