Help for Dry Eyes &
Dry Eye Problems
At The Eye Care & Surgery Center our eye doctors will provide diagnostic testing and treatment of dry eyes, and will be able to make a treatment recommendation for your individual situation. Depending on the severity and the cause of your dry eyes, we may recommend a number of different treatment options to help your dry eye problems including Restasis® or Xiidra® prescription eye drops, punctal plugs, artificial tears, LipiFlow® for Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD) and even dietary supplements and vitamins. If you have mild or even moderate dry eyes, the first course of treatment may only be to use unpreserved artificial tears, which we will select for you in terms of salt content and viscosity. There may be some environmental factors that you need to alter to make you more comfortable, such as how and where you are exposed to heat ducts or fans blowing, as well as attempting to keep the areas that you spend a great deal of time in at a proper humidity level.
We may suggest the insertion of tiny punctal plugs that will slow down or even stop the drainage of tears from the eye. These plugs are easily and comfortably placed in the ducts in your eyelids. If the results are good, we may place a more permanent type of plug in eyelid ducts to affect a long-term solution. These plugs can remain in place indefinitely, but can also be removed as needed.
Restasis® & Xiidra® Eye Drops
For patients with moderate to severe dry eyes who may have already tried using artificial tear eye drops and punctal plugs without relief, the prescription of Restasis® or Xiidra® eye drops, with or without the other treatments, may often help alleviate your symptoms. Even with the above treatment options, there are some patients that may not respond as well as desired due to some underlying, low-grade inflammatory or infectious process. In these cases, it may be necessary for us to also prescribe an oral antibiotic such as doxycycline or an anti-inflammatory eye drop such as a steroid eye drop.
LipiFlow® for Dry Eyes & Meibomian Gland Dysfunction
Eye doctors have used warm compresses, digital massage and eye drops to attempt to treat Meibomian Gland Dysfunction. Thanks to advances in Vectored Thermal Pulsation (VTP) technology the ophthalmologists at The Eye Care & Surgery Center are now able to treat MGD, dry eye and related eyelid problems such as Blepharitis using a device called LipiFlow®. LipiFlow® is an electronic device cleared by the FDA for the treatment of MGD by removing blockages of the glands and restoration of their function so that they provide normal oily secretions for a healthy tear film. LipiFlow® is an in-office procedure that uses directed heat and gentle pressure to liquefy and express the contents of the Meibomian glands. In a clinical study, 90% of patients achieved improvements in gland secretions after a single LipiFlow® treatment.