Dry Eye Disease
There are many causes of dry eyes. Medication, climate, arthritis, wearing make-up, but primarily everyone’s eyes become dry with age. 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 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.
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.
Meibomian Glands Dysfunction
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.
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.
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.
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.
While neither MiboFlo nor BlephEx are covered by insurance, it is a very affordable procedure. 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.