At some point, nearly everyone experiences the uncomfortable feeling of dry eyes. However, for some, it may become an ongoing condition that requires treatment. At Richmond University Vision Care we offer management and treatment options for those who suffer from frequent dry eyes.
What is Dry Eye?
Dry eye, also known as ocular surface disease, is a common condition that occurs when your eyes do not produce enough lubrication. Fatty oils, water, and mucus create a complex mixture that helps to maintain a healthy surface for your eyes to provide you with clear vision.
The cause of dry eyes can be varied. Tear production may decrease as a result of the natural aging process, hormonal changes, environmental conditions, inflammation, medication, and other medical conditions.
Common symptoms of dry eyes include:
- Blurred vision
- Contact lens intolerance
- Eye redness
- Gritty sensation
- Sensitivity to light
- Stinging or burning sensation
We currently survey all our patients for dry eye symptoms during comprehensive eye exams, as a thorough exam will help us to determine the cause of your dry eyes. Equipped with the latest technology, we use the OCULUS Keratograph® 5M to measure tear quality, assess your meibomian glands, and examine tear particles through a non-invasive approach.
After examining the results, we can tailor your treatment accordingly to suit your needs and concerns.
LipiFlow Dry Eye Treatment
Treatment will vary based on the severity and results of your examination. Most moderate to mild cases can be relieved with medicated eye drops or artificial tears.
Here at Richmond University Vision Care, we are proud to offer LipiFlow Dry Eye Treatment to our patients. This unique treatment is designed to remove any blockages from the meibomian gland and treat dry eye symptoms. In the past, dry eye has primarily been treated with prescription or over-the-counter eye drops, dietary supplements, and punctal plugs (also known as tear duct plugs). LipiFlow treatment provides relief similar to these remedies but in a more effective, safe, and drug-free way.
What Causes Dry Eye?
Many symptoms of dry eye are a result of Meibomian Gland Dysfunction, which causes blockages that hinder the production of oil, which helps prevent your eyes from drying out. These oils also help protect your eyes from environmental variables that can negatively impact the health of your eyes, not to mention your comfort. Without the protection of these oils, excessive reading and television use, dry climates, and heating and air conditioning can all have adverse effects on your eye health and can contribute to dry eye symptoms.
How does LipiFlow work?
With the LipiFlow treatment, we can clear blockages of the meibomian gland through a combination of heat and massage to the outer and inner eyelids. By removing these blockages, your eyes can return to their natural functionality so that your dry eye symptoms are treated with natural tears rather than artificial ones. This treatment is not only extremely effective in treating dry eye, but it is a quick, non-surgical procedure that we can do in a single office visit.
Is LipiFlow Safe?
Here at Richmond University Vision Care, we use only the safest, most effective products to treat our patients. LipiFlow treatment is designed only to apply pressure and heat to the eyelids, so your eyeball and the structure of your eye is never affected. Our highly trained staff would be happy to help answer any additional questions you may have about your treatment.