Dry Eye Clinic
We are now offering a dry eye clinic, mainly at our Pleasant Optics location.
What is Dry Eye?
Dry Eye Disease is a multifactorial disease of the ocular surface. This can be due to tears evaporating too quickly or a reduction in tear production of quality, healthy tears.
Environment air conditioning, heat vents, cigarette smoke
Lifestyle digital devices cause us to blink less often, leading to more dry eye symptoms
Age can occur at any age, is more prevalent in people over 60.
Medications including anti-depressants, anti-histamines, blood pressure medications, hormone treatment..etc.
Medical Conditions such as Sjogren’s Disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus, Thyroid Disorders
Dry Eye Symptoms:
- Watery eyes
- Burning sensation
- Gritty/irritated eyes
- Irritated Eyes
- Sensitivity to light
- Unable to wear contact lenses
- Blurry vision
Our Dry Eye Testing Includes:
TearLab – Tests tear osmolarity or the saltiness of our tears. High osmolarity damages ocular surface cells.
Antares – Dry Eye Report
At your visit you will receive a dry eye report that will highlight the severity of your dry eye. This allows for a more accurate treatment plan and an easy way for patients to monitor progress.
Advanced Tear Film Analysis: measures how quickly tears evaporate from the ocular surface
Meibography: Uses infrared light to highlight the meibomian glands within the eyelid. These glands can become clogged or can atrophy.
There is no “one size fits all” treatment, your doctor will work with you to come up with a treatment plan that works best for your eyes. For many patients, lubricating drops alone are not enough to manage dry eye symptoms.
Prescription Dry Eye Medications such as Restasis® or Xiidra®
Punctal Plugs – small medical devices your eye doctor can insert into the tear ducts to maintain your natural tears on the eyes.
Scleral Lenses – a contact lens that does not touch the cornea like a typical soft lens. The space between the cornea and the lens is filled with saline solution, which is a source of constant hydration for the eye.
Amniotic Membrane – for severe dry eye, a tissue rich in stem cells. Is applied in-office by your eye doctor. The membrane is absorbed by the corneal tissue and the regenerative stem cells begin to repair the ocular surface.