Dry Eye Treatment
LipiFlow® Treatment for Dry Eye
Unique Treatment – LipiFlow® is the only treatment for Dry Eye that clinically treats the cause and not just the symptoms.
FDA Approved – LipiFlow® is the only FDA approved long-term relief for Dry Eye.
Fast Relief – In-office, out-patient procedure takes just minutes and has been shown to offer improved symptoms quickly.
Results You’ve Been Waiting For – LipiFlow® results have been shown to provide lasting relief for 9-15 months after treatment.
What is Dry Eye Disease?
An estimated 30-40 million people in the U.S. suffer from Dry Eye. The term “Dry Eye” can be confusing, since one of the most common symptoms is excessive watering. However, the eye makes two different types of tears.
The first type, called lubricating tears, is produced slowly and steadily throughout the day. Lubricating tears contain a precise balance of mucous, water, oil, nutrient proteins, and antibodies that nourish and protect the front surface of the eye.
The second type of tear, called a reflex tear, has little lubricating value. Reflex tears serve as a kind of emergency response to flood the eye upon sudden irritation or injury. Reflex tears may occur when you have foreign matter in your eye, when you are cutting onions, when you are exposed to smoke, or when you accidentally scratch your eye. The reflex tears gush out in such large quantities that the tear drainage system can accommodate them, causing them to spill out onto your cheeks. Still another cause of reflex tearing is irritation of the eye from lack of lubricating tears. If your eye is not producing enough lubricating tears, you have Dry Eye.
Symptoms of Dry Eye
- Watery eyes
- Gritty or sandy feeling
- Eyes that itch and burn
- Vision that becomes blurred after periods of reading, watching TV, or using a computer
- Red, irritated eyes that produce a mucus discharge
Causes of Dry Eye
- Age: As we get older, glands in the eyelid produce less oil. Oil keeps tears from evaporating off the eye. Decreased oil production allows tears to evaporate too quickly, leaving the eye too dry.
- Diseases including diabetes, Sjogren’s and Parkinson’s Disease
- Hormonal changes, especially after menopause
- Prescription medications: These include some blood pressure medications, antihistamines, diuretics, antidepressants, anti-anxiety pills, sleeping pills and pain medications. Over-the-counter medications including some cold and allergy products, motion sickness remedies, and sleep aids can also cause dry eye.
- Hot, dry or windy conditions; High altitude, air-conditioning and smoke can also cause dry eye.
- Reading, using a computer or watching TV
- Contact lenses
- Eye surgery: Some types of eye surgery, including LASIK may irritate Dry Eye.
- Inflammation: Recent research suggests that Dry Eye may be caused by inflammation due to an imbalance of “good” fats and “bad” fats.
Treatments for Dry Eye
LipiFlow® is the most advanced treatment for Dry Eye and is the only one that treats the cause and not just the symptoms. In addition, it is the only treatment approved by the FDA for long-term relief of Dry Eye.
Another effective way to alleviate Dry Eye is the Punctal Plug. Punctal plugs help the eyes make better and longer use of the small amount of lubricating tears they produce. This is accomplished by closing off the small funnel-like drain opening found in the inner corner of the upper and lower eyelids. The plugs can be placed in the two tear ducts, top and bottom, in both eyes or in only the lower ducts.
When treating Dry Eye, it is important to note that drops alone are not effective, because 87% of Dry Eye is caused by Meibomian gland dysfunction. When you visit Southern Eye Center, Dr. Griffith will formulate a personalized treatment plan for you and your specific Dry Eye symptoms.
Call Southern Eye Center for treatment of Dry Eye Disease. Dr. Cameron Griffith can help provide the solution you’ve been waiting for to improve your vision and your quality of life.
Call us at (601) 264-3937 for more information.