Dry Eye Therapy
What is Dry Eye?
Dry Eye occurs when the eyes do not produce sufficient tears or the tears evaporate too quickly. This can lead to dry itchy eyes, eye tearing, stinging eyes, dry red eyes and other eye irritation. Without proper treatment, inadequate tears can make daily activities frustrating, affecting your personal and professional life, from reading to watching TV, to driving or working on the computer.
Two 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 a blocked tear duct, also called Meibomian Gland Dysfunction or MGD (Evaporative Dry Eye)
- 15% of dry eye is caused by insufficient tear production (Aqueous Dry Eye)
Common Symptoms of MGD
Symptoms of dry eyes due to MGD may include:
- Dry burning eyes
- Sensitivity to light
- Blurred vision
- Discomfort in windy or dry conditions
Relief with LipiFlow
Palmetto Eye and Laser Center is proud to offer our dry eye patients in Spartanburg, South Carolina, the revolutionary LipiFlow® treatment. Created by TearScience®, LipiFlow was shown to improve Evaporative Dry Eye symptoms in 79% of patients within four weeks of treatment. With LipiFlow technology, it is possible to directly treat the root cause of MGD.
Products like Restasis® do not treat Evaporative Dry Eye.
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.
Is LipiFlow Right for You?
The LipiFlow treatment may not be right for your eyes. During a Vision Consultation we can perform a series of evaluations to determine the root cause of your dry eye. We will use the non-invasive LipiView interferometer to assess your tear film and the Meibomian Gland EvaluatorTM to examine the quantity and quality of the oils.
Our Spartanburg, South Carolina dry eye doctors can perform the virtually painless LipiFlow treatment right in the office.
Contact us today to schedule your Vision Consultation. The right treatment of dry eyes will depend on your type of dry eye.
RESTASIS®: Relief for Chronic Dry Eye
When your eyes are unable to produce sufficient tears, you have a condition called Aqueous Dry Eye. This can become a chronic condition which causes great discomfort due to lack of lubrication and protection, making daily activities difficult.
At Palmetto Eye and Laser Center we offer RESTASIS® Ophthalmic Emulsion to treat the ongoing symptoms of Chronic Dry Eye. These twice-daily prescription eye drops help increase your eye’s natural ability to produce tears. It may take up to 6 months for the product to take full effect; however, relief can begin after one month.
RESTASIS drops are different from artificial tears that can be purchased over-the-counter. Those types of products simply provide temporary relief. RESTASIS is a longer-lasting, more effective solution.