Dry Eye Management
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.
- persistent dryness
- foreign body sensation
- burning in your eyes
- watery eyes (because of the excessive dryness, the signal sent to the brain will yield too much tear production)
Do You Have Dry Eye?
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Blephasteam® and Meibomian Gland Expression
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.
Warm Compress for Home Therapy
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®
Bruder Moist Heat Compresses
- Replenish moisture
- Refresh eyes
- Relieves dryness
- Reduce inflammation
- Improve meibomian oil gland production
- Treat many types of eye irritations
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.
Moisture Chamber Glasses
Relieve dry eyes syndrome naturally with Ziena Moisture Chamber Glasses. Ziena’s silicone shield locks in eye moisture while blocking out wind & airborne irritants like dust & pollen. It is specifically designed to alleviate symptoms of dry eyes, hay fever, and bell’s palsy. It is proven as a noninvasive (no surgery, natural) solution to ailments. Ziena eyewear helps relieve the burning, itching and redness caused by dry eye, without side effects or reactions with other medications or treatments.
Clinical studies have demonstrated that sealed eyewear reduces tear evaporation and increases overall comfort. The Ziena silicone moisture chamber eyecup is soft and flexible as it rest gently on your face. Powerful micro-magnets hold the shield securely in place yet allow for easy removal and replacement.