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Do You Suffer from
Dry Eye?

In a perfect world, your eyes would have a beautiful layer of tears protecting and nourishing the surface. However, your tear film may be compromised, leaving your eyes exposed and malnourished. Dry eye disease is a common state that arises when that exposure happens. Tear film can be inadequate for many reasons with the core issues concerning quantity and/or quality of your tears. If you have dry eyes, you might experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Stinging or burning
  • Itchiness or irritation
  • Inconsistent vision or blurriness
  • Excessive tearing
  • Foreign body sensation (a feeling that something is in your eye)
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Treatment Options.

Your first step in treating dry eye may begin start with home treatments. These treatments may include hygienic solutions, artificial tears/gels/ointments and moist heat compresses depending upon what type of dry eye you may have.

If your dry eye condition can benefit from more advanced treatment options, your doctor may recommend in-office treatments. These types of treatments for dry eye typically take around 12 to 15 minutes with freedom to resume normal activities immediately afterwards.

Plugs to block tear drainage

With less tears draining more tears are available to encourage eye moisture. Plugs, also known as punctal plugs, last for days, weeks or months depending upon the type of plug your doctor uses. The process to insert the plugs is painless and takes only a few minutes.

LipiFlow

Each of your eyes has two lids: the upper and lower. Your four eyelids should have around 40 oil glands that supply oil-based tears. These glands can get clogged and eventually cease to work. In some cases, these glands can disappear altogether.

To unclog oil glands before gland loss and stimulate greater oil production, your doctor may recommend the LipiFlow treatment. LipiFlow effectively heats the glands to 108 degrees and massages the glands to express oil through a series of therapeutic pressures. This treatment can take up to 15 minutes. Many patients say that it is relaxing.

BlephEx

Did you know that we have small mites in our eyelashes? Debry from these mites can easily get trapped along lid margins causing build up, blocked tear glands and condition known as blepharitis. To treat the type of dry eye caused by blepharitis, your doctor may recommend BlephEx. This in-office treatment takes about 15 minutes and uses a handheld device that is swept along the lid margins of all four

Your Dry Eye
Evaluation.

The earlier Dry Eye Disease is detected the more effective your treatment can be. If you are experiencing any symptoms of dry eye, schedule an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible. At Quigley Eye Specialists, your eyes will be examined using sophisticated diagnostic tools to determine if you have dry eye and what type of dry eye you may have.

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You and your doctor will discuss lifestyle habits, environmental factors, medications and health conditions that could be causing symptoms. Your doctor will provide you with a tailored plan of action designed to fit your specific condition and needs. Dry eye evaluations are covered by medical health insurance plans.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there different types of tears?

Yes, there are two types of tears.
Reflex tears are those watery tears that arise when we cry and help moisten the eye.
Basal tears are oil based protective tears, acting as a shield between the eye and the rest of the world. Basal tears also provide oil for sustaining moisture on the surface of your eyes. Without the oil, tears quickly evaporate. Dry Eye is caused by a lack of one or both types of these tears.

Why do your eyes water when they are dry?

When the cornea is irritated, the body responds by creating more reflex tears. Since the reflex tears evaporate quickly without oily tears to protect the cornea, a common symptom of a lack of oil-based tears is, what seems contradicting, watery eyes.

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