Dry eyes are a common problem, but that doesn’t make them any less irritating. Dry eye is a complex disorder that can be difficult to properly diagnose and manage. The disorder can range from mildly annoying to completely disabling and life-altering. At Bella Eyecare Optometry, we provide state-of-the-art treatments and services for our patients suffering from dry eyes.
Dry eyes happen when the eye does not produce enough tears. You may suffer from a condition that causes you to not produce enough tears or a condition that causes imbalanced tears with improper degrees of the components that constitute tears — oil, mucus, and water. Perhaps an environmental problem such as pollution or humidity is causing your dry eyes, or it could be the side effect of a medication you are taking. Even aging can cause dry eyes.
Here are just a few of the activities that can contribute to dry eye:
- Long-term use of contact lenses
- Computer work habits
- Prescription medications
- Eyelid inflammation (blepharitis)
- Hormonal fluctuations (common with women)
- Refractive eye surgeries, including LASIK
- Chronic health conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes
Whether you have a history of dry eye or are experiencing symptoms for the first time, the eye doctors at Bella Eye Care Optometry can help diagnose your issues and offer products and therapies to help you relieve even the most extreme dry eye conditions and get you seeing better with less pain and aggravation.
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Advance Dry Eye Treatment With LipiFlow
Sometimes Dry Eye is caused by a Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD), a disease resulting from the occlusion of the normal meibomian oil glands inside the eyelids which limit the lipid secreted by these glands and obstruct the gland openings resulting in the most common form of Dry Eye known as evaporative dry eye. When this problem occurs, the Lipiflow procedure may be an actual cure for this problem. the LipiFlow® Thermal Pulsation System, which uses a cutting-edge device to heat up and massage away the blockage in just 12 minutes, right here in our office.
Your Meibomian glands produce the oily part of the tear film needed to protect the surface of your eye by preventing the evaporation of the watery part of your tears. When this function is not working well, your eyes may feel dry. This is called Meibomian Gland Dysfunction, or MGD. MGD is a leading cause of Dry Eye. It can be the source of most dry eye symptoms, such as burning, stinging, and itching. But because MGD is a progressive disease, it can be present even when asymptomatic.
MGD is caused by a blockage of the Meibomian glands located in the eyelids. MGD is a chronic progressive condition and, if left untreated, may worsen over time, leaving eyes feeling more irritated, inflamed, and dry.2 And despite how it sounds, the cause of Dry Eye is rarely due to a lack of the watery part of your tears but rather an insufficient lipid layer that is needed to prevent the watery part from evaporating too quickly between blinks.
Contact us today to learn more about the LipiFlow treatment and how it might help you.