Dry eye syndrome is typically a progressive condition. Depending on its cause and severity, it has different mode of treatment. Dry eyes may not be completely cured but can be managed successfully with appropriate treatment and patient compliance.
Dry eye can make it more difficult to perform some activities, such as using a computer, reading and even watching television for an extended period of time. It can also decrease tolerance for dry and windy environment.
A very significant percentage of dry eye cases are caused by inadequate oil being secreted from meibomian glands located along the margin of the eyelids.
The openings of these glands are near the base of the eyelashes, and if these openings get clogged, the oil that is critical to keeping the tear film from evaporating too quickly cannot do its job. This is called meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD), which leads to a condition called evaporative dry eye.
To treat MGD and evaporative dry eye, our optometrist may perform an in-office procedure called meibomian gland expression.
Before we do expressions, we heat the eyelid margin with the use of a warming device called Blephasteam®. After warming the lids for 10-15 minutes, you will be asked to sit in front of the slitlamp. The warm compress will melt the oil and now is ready to be expressed. The result of this in-office regimen relieves patients with MGD.
The problem in using just a towel for warm compresses is that you have to constantly soak it in water to regain the warmth. Using this crude way is not as effective as a certain temperature has to be reached to melt the oil clogging the meibomian glands.
Bruder warm compress is a microwave activated moist heat. Unlike other heat pack, this product is specifically developed for the eyes. A warm Bruder Moist Heat Compress helps unplug oil glands. This frees the oil in the glands to flow into the eyes and slows tear evaporation. There is no need to add water, no waiting and no mess… just fast acting relief. Bruder features naturally hydrating MediBeads®
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Scleral lenses are also used to manage ocular surface disease such as dry eyes. Because the scleral lens bowl is filled with liquid, this allows the cornea to be immersed in moisture all day. It can help dry eye patients to feel relief and thus function better.