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What Is Dry Eye

Dry eye is the most prevalent yet often underestimated eye condition that impacts millions of people worldwide. It is characterized by insufficient tear production or poor tear quality, leading to inadequate lubrication and moisture on the eye’s surface. Consequently, individuals with dry eyes suffer from discomfort, pain, redness, blurred vision, and a gritty feeling in their eyes. Various factors such as routine plugging of the meibomian glands, age, environment, medications, and health conditions can cause dry eye. Recognizing the causes, symptoms, and available treatments for dry eye is vital to effectively manage and relieve the associated discomfort, promoting optimal eye health and overall well-being.
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Dry Eye Exams And Treatments

At our optometrist’s office, we specialize in comprehensive dry eye examinations and effective treatments. We utilize advanced imaging, LipiScan® to evaluate the meibomian glands in the eyelids and manually express them to assess oil fluidity. Meibomian gland dysfunction is the most common cause of dry eye, so we perform eyelid hygiene treatments to restore normal function to these glands. We begin by cleaning the eyelid margins to unblock the openings of these glands and optimize results using a thermal treatment, Lipiflow ®, which gently warms and massages the eyelids’ interior, expressing clogged material in the glands, restoring healthy oil production, enhancing tear quality and combating eye discomfort related to dry eye. To provide ongoing relief, we recommend supportive therapy including Hylo drops and heat masks for maintaining a fresh sensation in the eyes. Experience improved comfort and healthier eyes with our specialized dry eye services.

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