The eye is a very complex system. It usually cares for itself by producing tears that wash the eye and nourish it. This keeps the surface healthy and comfortable.
DES is a condition that happens when the eye no longer functions optimally and therefore causes discomfort. There are many causes of DES. Causes may include, a dry environment, screen time, medications, age, contact lenses or systemic disease. This can cause itching, burning, stinging, and redness. DES can make it harder to tolerate contact lenses, too.
At The Eye Center, we have a Dry Eye Clinic just for our patients who suffer from DES. Since there are many possible causes and contributing factors, we work with each patient individually to identify the reason for your discomfort. Once we determine the cause so we can make a recommendation on how to treat you.
Eighty-six percent of patients that are diagnosed with DES, actually have MGD. MGD occurs when the protective oil that normally flows from the eyelid glands slows or stops. It may be that the oil glands are clogged or if the eyes have gone untreated for an extended period of time, the glands may have deteriorated. At The Eye Center we have a camera that can show the structure of your glands and we can see if they are functioning adequately. IF NOT, WE CAN HELP! Get relief now. Schedule an appointment today with The Eye Center, and we’ll determine if LipiFlow® or OptiLight by Lumenis is right for you.
OptiLight by Lumenis is a safe, gentle, and effective treatment done to manage dry eye disease. OptiLight is the first and only FDA approved targeted light therapy for the treatment and management of DED. OptiLight targets key factors contributing to MGD which is the leading cause of dry eye symptoms.
OptiLight is typically performed in four sessions, at four-week intervals. Some patients begin to experience symptom relief after the second treatment, however full results occur after the fourth session. Sometimes LipiFlow treatments may also be indicated for optimal results.
LipiFlow® goes beyond treating symptoms and treats MGD. The FDA has approved the LipiFlow®, so you can have peace of mind knowing that this procedure is safe and effective for treating meibomian gland blockage. No downtime is required with LipiFlow® and you can continue any regular activities as soon as it is over.
LipiFlow® simultaneously applies heat and gently massages the inner and outer eyelids to unblock the oil glands and restore natural oil production in your eyes. The procedure itself takes about 12 minutes per eye, and in most cases both eyes are treated at the same time.