- Are your eyes constantly tearing up?
- Do you have sensitivity to light?
- Do your eyes feel gritty?
- Are your eyes tired and red?
- Are your eyes sensitive to air conditioning and wind?
If you’re one of the 10 million Americans with dry eye symptoms, you’ll be glad to know there are new treatments to relieve your discomfort. Left untreated, dry eyes can damage the delicate tissues of the eye’s surface and disrupt the cornea, leading to impaired vision.
Many factors cause the inflammation of the eye and the tear-producing glands. Inflammation can decrease the eye’s ability to produce normal tears that protect the surface of the eye and keep it moist and lubricated causing blurry vision and excess watering.
Common Causes of Dry Eye:
- Hormonal changes
- Autoimmune disease such as arthritis and Lupus
- Environmental factors, such as smoke, dust, air conditioning, contacts, prolonged computer use
If you are suffering from dry eye, contact us today to schedule a Vision Consultation.
Dry Eye Treatments
LipiFlow® for Dry Eye
The LipiFlow® Thermal Pulsation System is a 12-minute, in-office treatment that is designed to remove blockages from the Meibomian Glands in your eyelids, allowing them to function properly and produce the oils that make up the top protective lipid layer of the tear film. This non-invasive treatment uses LipiFlow® Activators that deliver a combination of heat to the inner eyelids and a simultaneous therapeutic motion to the outer lids, removing blockages from the Meibomian Glands.
Call us today to schedule a dry eye evaluation to see if LipiFlow is right for you.
Eye Drops & Cleansing Products
Eye drops, eyelid hygiene and cold/heat therapy products can provide relief from dry eye. After we assess your unique situation, we may recommend one or more of the following:
- Freshkote Drops
- Regener-eyes Drops
- Zocular Products
- Bruder Products
If you suffer from symptoms of dry eye, contact us today to learn more about your condition and find out if any of our treatments are right for you. It is important to get your dry eye condition under control to protect your eyes from corneal damage.
Treatment for Blepharitis: BlephEx™
Blepharitis is a chronic, inflammatory eyelid condition that is the result of a bacterial infection, often causing the small oil glands near the eyelashes to become clogged. This condition is not contagious, but people who have blepharitis often have very uncomfortable, visible symptoms due to the overgrowth of bacteria along the eyelashes.
Symptoms of Blepharitis
- Watery, red, itchy eyes
- Burning, gritty sensation
- Swollen eyelids
- Eyelash crustiness in the morning
- Greasy-looking eyelids
- Eyelashes falling out or growing abnormally
These symptoms can be minimized by using medications and cleaning the eyelids. However, it is not easy to keep the eyelids and lashes clean – especially if debris has become trapped.
Victoria Eye Center is proud to offer patients BlephEx treatments to precisely and safely clean and exfoliate the eyelids and lashes while also reducing the risk for damage to the tear glands. This is the first and only clinician treatment for blepharitis.
How BlephEx Works
This is a painless, 8-minute procedure that is performed right in our office. The BlephEx tool is comprised of a spinning micro-sponge that is moved along the edge of your eyelashes and eyelids to remove debris and exfoliate the areas. A different sterile micro-sponge is use for each eye to reduce the spread of bacteria. Many patients experience immediate relief. For maximum results, the procedure should be repeated every 4-6 months.
Cleaning at Home
After your BlephEx procedure, we will give you instructions on how to keep your eyelids clean at home. Nightly hygiene will be integral in maintaining your results.
If you are suffering from eyelid discomfort, find out if a BlephEx treatment, is right for you. Contact us today to schedule an eye exam so we can diagnose the root cause of your discomfort and recommend the right treatment for relief.