Relief for Dry Eye
There are many reasons why your eyes can become irritated: contact lenses, computer and smart phone usage, extensive reading, eye disease, environmental conditions, eye surgery, etc. However, if over-the-counter eye drops are not providing enough relief from your chronic symptoms, you may actually have a dry eye condition that requires professional help. Uncovering the root cause of your symptoms will allow us to recommend the best treatment, saving you money and frustration.
Symptoms of Dry Eye
Tears serve the necessary functions of lubricating, protecting and nourishing your eyes. If your eyes do not have an adequate and steady flow of tears, you may experience:
- – Watering/tearing
- – Itching
- – Stinging
- – Redness
- – Light sensitivity
- – Eye fatigue
- – Blurry vision
Types of Dry Eye
Unlike Aqueous Dry Eye, which occurs when the lacrimal glands do not produce enough tears, Evaporative Dry Eye is caused by blockage to the eyelid glands (the meibomian glands) which leads to a shortage of oil on the surface of the tears and quicker-than-normal tear evaporation.
- – 85% of dry eye is caused by Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD) (Evaporative Dry Eye)
- – 15% of dry eye is caused by insufficient tear production (Aqueous Dry Eye)
A product like Restasis® may be effective at treating Aqueous Dry Eye, but it will not treat the root cause of Evaporative Dry Eye.
CorrectVision is proud to offer our dry eye patients the revolutionary LipiFlow® Thermal Pulsation treatment. Created by TearScience®, LipiFlow has shown safety and long-term effectiveness in peer-reviewed studies. In fact, LipiFlow was shown to improve Evaporative Dry Eye symptoms in 79% of patients within four weeks of treatment.
How LipiFlow Works
The LipiFlow Thermal Pulsation System unblocks the eyelid glands, allowing them to resume production of complex natural oils. The treatment includes the application of precisely-controlled heat to the inner eyelid. The single-use activator applies adaptive pressure to stimulate the production of oils for tear film. The treatment typically lasts approximately 12 minutes per eye.
Is LipiFlow Right for You?
The LipiFlow treatment may not be right for your eyes. We use the non-invasive LipiView interferometer to assess your tear film and the Meibomian Gland Evaluator TM to examine the quantity and quality of the oils. Dr. Marc Bosem can perform the virtually painless LipiFlow treatment right in our office.