Symptoms of Dry Eye Disease – Burning and redness of the eyes, contact lens discomfort, increased dry eyes with computer, TV, reading, and driving, watery eyes/ tearing, foreign body sensation, sensitivity to light, symptoms worsen later in the day, fluctuations in vision, itchy, scratchy, or gritty eyes, dry or crusty eyes in the morning, and eye fatigue.
Dry eye is most often defined based on the quantity or quality of your tears. An estimated 86% of the 300 million dry eye sufferers have evaporative dry eye, which stems from a deficiency in the oily, lipid layer of the tear film. This lipid deficiency is commonly due to blockages in the meibomian glands caused by Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD). This chronic, progressive condition can cause the blocked meibomian glands to atrophy and drop out, thereby increasing symptoms and the likelihood of other ocular complications.
LipiFlow works by applying localized heat and pressure to the affected glands of patients suffering from chronic cystic conditions of the eyelids, including Meibomian Gland Dysfunction. Unlike traditional dry-eye treatments (warm compresses, artificial tears, ointments), LipiFlow treats the root cause by unblocking obstructed meibomian glands. Studies show that benefits for LipiFlow can last up to three years; with patients who continue to use traditional treatment methods after Lipiflow, it may last even longer.
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Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Therapy, is a treatment to reduce inflammation of the oil glands that line the upper and lower lid margins of the eyelids, aiding in relief of chronic dry eye disease and Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD). IPL Therapy utilizes pulses of light to thin hardened oils that have clogged the Meibomian glands in the eyelids. IPL Therapy also affects vascularization and inflammation of the eyelids, resulting in reduced eyelid redness and stimulating healthy gland function.
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