The Shiley Eye Institute, is now offering a Dry Eye and Ocular Surface Clinic for those complaining of gritty, itchy and red eyes - which may be caused by chronic dry eye. According to the National Eye Institute (NEI) at the National Institute of Health (NIH), dry eye is a condition in which the eye produces fewer or lower quality tears and is unable to keep its surface lubricated.
People experience dry eyes in different ways. Common symptoms include a gritty feeling in the eye, pain, tearing, blurred vision, double vision, and a feeling of tiredness in the eyes. In many patients, these symptoms are most noticeable after extended time reading or using a computer.
Meibomian Gland Disease (MGD) is a leading cause of dry eye and ocular discomfort. When we blink properly, the meibomian glands release the protective oils that spread across the tear film.
Our doctors utilize many modalities including artificial tears, gels, ointments, anti-inflammatory eye drops, lid hygiene, punctual plugs, and Lipiflow® technology to treat dry eye. Lipiflow® technology, a therapy approved by the FDA in 2011, is an electronic device for the treatment of dry eye caused by MGD. Lipiflow works by using heat and massage on the eyelid to open meibomian glands. In the correct patient, Lipiflow can improve dry eye symptoms for an extended period of time.
An eye doctor can assess dry eye status as well as gland blockage and recommend what is best for the individual. Treating dry eyes may require a long-term strategy with daily maintenance.
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