Treatment of Dry Eye Disease
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The road to Dry Eye Wellness begins with an appointment with one of our Board Certified Eye Physicians. They will evaluate the health of your eye and make a CustomEyes recommendation for you. Our Dry Eye Spa coordinator will make sure that you get the treatments needed.
The following are some of the advanced treatment options that we offer at the Dry Eye Spa:
Lumenis Optima IPL(Intense Pulsed Light)
One of the causes for DED is eyelid inflammation, and the IPL is a great way to gently and effectively treat that. It targets the root cause for inflammation, abnormal blood vessels. The body’s natural reaction to IPL is to remove these abnormal vessels to heal the inflammation. The IPL is FDA approved for the treatment of dry eye disease due to meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD).
LipiFlow Thermal Pulsation System
Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD) can be another cause of DED. Studies show that 86% of dry eye patients are affected by MGD. The LipiFlow is a safe, drug-free way to treat meibomian gland obstructions while protecting the delicate structure of the eye. And it is so comfortable that many patients actually fall asleep during the 12-minute treatment.
TearCare is a single-use treatment tool that applies heat to the eyelids to remove blockage associated with meibomian gland dysfunction. It is an in-office procedure designed to target the underlying cause of evaporative dry eye.
The Eye Associates is one of the few practices that is equipped to offer serum tear treatment for patients. Since artificial tears lack the biologically active elements found in our natural tears, specially formulated autologous serum tear eye drops, made from components derived from one’s own body, have a healing effect not found in manufactured tears.
Scleral lenses are oversized gas permeable contact lenses that basically trap fluids behind the lens to add moisture to the eye. Many times these lenses are used in conjunction with other dry eye treatments.
Check out the video below with a patient talking about her experience with scleral lenses.
Amniotic Membrane Tissue
Amniotic membrane tissue contains specialized proteins and growth factors that diminish inflammation, prevent drying, aid tear stability and accelerate healing.
Lid Exfoliation for Improved Lid Hygiene
Blepharitis is a chronic, inflammatory disease of the eyelids. This inflammation can adversely affect the tear glands, slowing down tear production. We now offer a painless, in-office lid exfoliation that only takes 6 – 8 minutes. Just as you need your teeth cleaned a couple of times a year, we recommend you repeat lid exfoliation every 4-6 months.
Prescription Eye Drops: Restasis, Xiidra and Cequa
Restasis, Xiidra and Cequa are FDA approved prescription eyedrops that treat inflammation in the eye. They have proved to be successful in helping some patients with moderate to severe dry eye conditions.
Punctal Plugs Punctual plugs are another option. The doctor places temporary plugs in the upper and/or lower tear drainage canals. This helps recycle the lubricating tear film on the eyes’ surface by reducing tear drainage.
Eye Hydrating Compress
An Eye Hydrating Compress is a heated moist compress that is placed over your resting eyes to improve oil gland production in order to expel bacteria, stabilize tear film and slow tear evaporation. Those with a mild to moderate dry eye condition find this natural treatment soothing and beneficial. These masks can be found at any of The Optical Gallery locations at The Eye Associates.
One of the artificial tears that we often recommend is Oasis Tears. Oasis is an effective medical grade lubricating artificial tear and is the only patented viscoadaptive lubrication eye drop. Unlike most tears, it combines glycerin with plant-based sodium hyaluronate, which coats and recoats the surface of the eye for longer periods of time than most other drops. All three products, Oasis Tears PF multi-use vials, Oasis Tears PF multi-dose bottles and Oasis Tears Plus PF multi-use vials offer instant comfort as well as longer lasting comfort.
The 3 Oasis Tears products:
- Oasis Tears PF (preservative-free) Lubricant Eye Drops in a multi-dose 34-ounce bottle
- Oasis Tears PF (preservative-free) Lubricant Eye Drops in multi-use vials
- Oasis Tears Plus PF (preservative-free) Lubricant Eye Drops in multi-use vials
What is the Difference Between Oasis Tears PF and Oasis Tears Plus PF
- Oasis Tears has 0.15% concentration of high molecular weight sodium hyaluronate.
- Oasis Tears Plus has 0.3% concentration of high molecular weight sodium hyaluronate.
- Oasis Tears Plus is sometimes termed as a gel tear because of its thicker nature.
- Neither are sold at drugstores.
- Both are preservative-free and as long as the bottle or the vial is not compromised, it is good for 90 days.
NOTE: Most pharmacies do not carry this medical grade teardrop. For your convenience, we sell Oasis in all of our offices.
Lid hygiene is very important in the management of Dry Eye Disease (DED) so lid scrubs are often recommended. By using lid scrubs, patients are able to better remove debris and bacteria, and stimulate meibomian gland secretions; all of which help with DED. There are many brands available over the counter so it’s important to try a few out to see which type works best for you.
Eyelid Function Surgery
As we age, many times our skin will sag, especially around the eyelids. This may cause the lids to not close properly and allow for the evaporation of the tears. Our Fellowship Trained Oculofacial Surgeon, Dr. Charles Anthony II can evaluate your eyes to see if surgery is the answer to your dry eye discomfort.
The only way to know which treatment option is right for you is to make an appointment for a dry eye evaluation. Call toll free 1-866-865-2020 or contact The Eye Associates today.