Dry Eye Syndrome is an irritating, uncomfortable and sometimes even painful,
common eye condition caused by a lack of tear production or an improper
chemical balance in the tears. Without proper tears to keep the eyes moist
and lubricated, individuals with Dry Eye Syndrome may experience minor
symptoms from an itching, burning or scratchy sensation in the eyes to
more serious symptoms such as blurred vision.
Read more about dry eyes in this article.
There are a number of treatment options for
dry eyes. The course of treatment often depends on the symptoms and type of dry
eye experienced by the patient. Treatment options include: artificial
tears, ointments, supplements such as the
Science Based Health supplement for dry eyes, HydroEye®, tear duct plugs, and
LipiFlow® dry eyes treatment.
Using the LipiView® tool, physicians are able to observe the tear film
on the surface of the eye using digital images. LipiView can help determine
the type of dry eye a patient may be experiencing. As many as 86 percent
of patients with dry eye have Meibomian Gland Dysfunction, or Evaporative
Dry Eye – a disease in which the eyelid glands are blocked, resulting
in a deficiency in the tear film oil. It's this oil that keeps tears
from evaporating too quickly.
LipiFlow is designed to treat not only the symptoms of dry eye, but also
rather the root cause of the dry eye – Evaporative Dry Eye. The
LipiFlow Thermal Pulsation system allows doctors to treat Evaporative
Dry eye by relieving obstructions of the blocked eyelid glands by applying
a combination of heat therapy and pressure to the gland.
This in-office treatment opens blocked eyelid glands, making way for the
natural production of oils (lipids) necessary for the tear film of the
eye. Patients who undergo the LipiFlow treatment are able to resume normal
life, free from the irritation and blurred vision associated with dry eyes.
In a clinical study, 79 percent of patients who had the LipiFlow treatment
reported improvement of dry eye symptoms within four weeks of treatment.
Individuals who have had recent eye surgery, eye injury, herpes of the
eye or chronic eye inflammation are not candidates for LipiFlow treatment.
Possible side effects include redness, burning, stinging, discharge, blurred
vision, dryness and sensitivity to light.
If you experience chronic itching, burning, scratching or blurred vision,
contact Key-Whitman today. You may be suffering from Dry Eye Syndrome
due to Evaporative Dry Eye. An exam with the
Dallas dry eye specialists at Key-Whitman will determine the cause of your dry eyes as well as the
most appropriate course of treatment.