End Dry Eye with Evergreen’s High-Tech, Experienced Eyecare
Tears are necessary for your overall eye health. But there are problems that can develop, including insufficient tear production or tears that evaporate too quickly due to improper chemical makeup. This is known as dry eye syndrome.
For those who don’t suffer from it, dry eye sounds like a minor nuisance. But for those who do, even performing simple tasks like reading, watching television, driving and working can be difficult. At Evergreen Eye Center, our experienced, caring ophthalmologists combine advanced skill and capabilities to get to the bottom of your dry eye symptoms and provide the relief and normalcy you deserve.
Insufficient oil production accounts for most dry eye symptoms
Most people who experience dry eye symptoms have what is known as evaporative dry eye. Evaporative dry eye is when the tear film coating the eye evaporates too quickly because of insufficient oil (lipid) content. This is most often the result of a blockage in the Meibomian glands, tiny glands at the rims of the eyelids that produce the oil necessary for normal tear evaporation.
The resulting rapid evaporation leads to:
- Dryness – a constant sandy or scratchy sensation
- Watery eyes (counterintuitive, but a hallmark symptom)
- Sensitivity to light
- Blurred vision that fluctuates throughout the day
- Discomfort in windy or dry conditions
- Difficulty performing visual tasks, such as reading, watching TV and driving
- Inability to wear contact lenses
- Constant use of eyedrops
- Symptoms that worsen late in the day
Using leading-edge methods to understand and successfully treat dry eye
At Evergreen Eye Center, we strive to provide the highest standard of patient-first care, including optimal outcomes. Our medical eye specialists use the most advanced technologies and techniques to diagnose and completely understand your dry eye and then to treat it so you can get back to comfort and normalcy.
Here are some of the ways we help you get relief:
- LipiView® Ocular Surface Interferometer – With the state-of-the-art LipiView® system, we’re able to measure the absolute thickness of the lipid layer of the tear film on the surface of the eye to determine if your tears have a relative oil deficiency. The near-infrared imaging system allows us to directly see the Meibomian glands and assess their health, something that has been impossible to do until now with this remarkable technology. This, along with other tests, helps us find the cause of symptoms and determine the most appropriate and effective treatment.
- LipiFlow® Thermal Pulsation System – If and when it will be appropriate and effective, our ophthalmologists use the leading-edge LipiFlow® system to clear blocked Meibomian glands. With vectored thermal pulsation, LipiFlow consistently and comfortably heats the eyelids and applies a gentle, massaging pressure. This massages out blockages in your Meibomian glands — in less than 15 minutes — restoring normal lipid production.
- BlephEx® – Blepharitis, chronic inflammation of the eyelids, is common among people with dry eye. It can affect tear production and lead to dry eye… and to chronic irritation. With BlephEx, we can safely and precisely clean the lids and lashes. This often provides some immediate symptom relief and can help prevent long-term damage to the tear glands and, therefore, chronic dry eye.
For answers to common questions about dry eye and our advanced diagnostics and treatments, visit our FAQ page. To schedule an appointment to see an Evergreen ophthalmologist devoted to patient-first care, call 800-340-3595.