Dry Eye

What is Dry Eye Disease?

Dry Eye Disease is caused by an imbalance between the components that make up the tear film. There are many factors that contribute to dry eye disease, and therefore is a widespread issue. Unfortunately, this chronic condition cannot be cured, but symptoms can be improved through proper management.

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What are the symptoms?

  • Redness
  • Tired Eyes
  • Styes/Chalazions
  • Excessive watering
  • Blepharitis/Demodex
  • Burning and foreign body sensation
  • Fluctuating blurriness that improves with blinking
  • Pulling sensation or pressure in or behind the eye

 

What Factors Contribute to Dry Eye Disease?

  • Aging
  • Medications
  • The Environment
  • Contact lens wear
  • Prolonged digital device use
  • Eye surgeries (LASIK, cataract, etc)
  • Medical conditions, especially autoimmune disorders

 

How are dry eyes diagnosed?

As part of a thorough eye examination, a screening called
meibography is performed on the lower lids. The Optometrist
will use these images in addition to conducting a slit lamp
examination to assess the state of the meibomian glands. The
meibomian glands are responsible for creating the oily layer of
the tear film, known as meibum, that prevents rapid
evaporation of tears. When these glands are not functioning
correctly, they fail to produce enough meibum, leading to an
unstable tear film.

Dry Eye testing being performed with a patient. This testing provides meibography imaging of the eyelids to evaluate the condition of the Meibomiam glands to provide more thorough information before creating a treatment plan.

 

What is IPL? Why Do We Use It?

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is utilized to treat pigmented and
vascular skin lesions. Unlike laser treatments that use one
wavelength, IPL employs a broad spectrum of light to target
multiple issues simultaneously. There is usually a presence of inflammation, most commonly rosacea, in people suffering from dry eye disease. By focusing on this inflammation, IPL minimizes its severity, thus alleviating dry eye symptoms.

Since the treatment can make the skin more susceptible to sunburns, it is crucial to use a high SPF sunscreen before and after IPL treatments. IPL treatments are not suitable for every skin type or tone. Skin typing and consultation will be provided prior to treatment.

These treatments are quite popular for the cosmetic benefits and anti-aging effects as well. Also referred to as a "photo facial," IPL enhances skin complexion and tone, reduces acne, and diminishes the appearance of age spots, vascular lesions, rosacea, freckles, and sun damage.

 

 

 

Why do we recommend preservative free products?

Over the counter eye drops open contain preservatives to extend their shelf life. However, excessive use of these products can lead to allergies or irritations due to the preservatives. For individuals with moderate to severe dry eye symptoms, preservative-free eye drops are a superior choice. They can be used frequently and deliver long-lasting relief without side effects. Preservative-free artificial tears effectively maintain corneal moisture and clarity, providing lasting relief from dry eye symptoms.

 

Recommended Home Therapy Routine:

  • Warm Compress
  • Eyelid Cleansing Wipes
  • Preservative Free Eye Drops
  • Omega-3 supplement in the Re-esterified Triglyceride Form (rTG)
  • Nighttime Ointment

Why do we recommend re-esterified
triglyceride form Omega 3?

Not all omega 3 supplements are created equally and can vary
greatly in quality. After the oil is extracted from fish, it is treated with an alcohol-based substance to eliminate impurities. Unlike other companies, our recommended supplements undergo an extra step called re-esterification. This removes the alcohol and restores the oil to a purified triglyceride form, making them easier to digest and absorb efficiently.

What is RadioFrequency and why do we use it to treat dry eyes?

Radio Frequency (RF) treatments utilize energy to apply heat
to both the skin and underlying meibomian glands. By
maintaining a consistent temperature range of 41-43°C, the
oils from the obstructed glands are broken down. This
technique is more effective and precise compared to warm
compresses, as radio frequency heats from the inside out.
Obstructions in the meibomian glands are responsible for
causing various dry eye symptoms such as styes, inflammation,
blepharitis, chalazions and an overpopulation of demodex.
Failure to treat these blockages can lead to deterioration
(atrophy) of the glands which is an irreversible condition.

The RF procedure is considered a safe, minimally invasive and
comfortable process. Additionally, RF is suitable for use on
almost all skin types and tones compared to IPL. RF is also an
effective cosmetic treatment as it helps stimulate the
production of collagen and elastin while simultaneously
tightening the skin.

 

Bright blue eye close up lid debridement

 

What is a Lid Debridement?

Lid Debridements can be likened to an exfoliation of the
eyelids. It involves using customized products to remove debris from the eye lashes, meibomian gland openings, and lid
margins. This procedure effectively diminishes the
accumulation of bacteria and biofilm in the eye area. The
buildup of these substances can contribute to inflammation
and infections.

 

 

 

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