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.
Dry Eye Syndrome is a condition that happens when the eye no longer functions optimally and therefore causes discomfort. There are many causes of Dry Eye Syndrome. Causes may include, a dry environment, screen time, medications, age, contact lenses or systemic disease. This can cause itching, burning, stinging, and redness. Dry Eye 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 Dry Eye Syndrome. Since there are many possible causes and contributing factors, we work with each patient individually to identify the reason for your Dry Eyes. Once we determine what is causing your dry eyes, we can decide how to treat you.
Eighty-six percent of patients that are diagnosed with Dry Eye Syndrome, actually have Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (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® is right for you. LipiFlow® goes beyond treating symptoms and actually treats meibomian gland dysfunction. LipiFlow® simultaneously warms and gently massages inner eyelids, unblocking glands and restoring natural oil production in your eyes. Click the link below for more details.