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Dry Eye Center

Advanced Treatment Options for Dry Eye Disease

Do your eyes ever feel irritated or burn? Do they water from time to time? If so, you could suffer from dry eye. This is a common condition that affects people of all ages. You may notice that while you read your favorite book, your eyes start to burn or while you are playing golf, your quality of vision is inconsistent. Perhaps you have a constant run of tears while doing regular activities. All these examples indicate the presence of dry eye disease. More symptoms include itching, redness and stinging.

Your best long-term solution will be to empower your body to create the healthy tears it craves as opposed to managing uncomfortable symptoms. At Quigley Eye Specialist, that is our goal.

Did you know?

In a perfect world, your eyes would have a beautiful layer of tears coating, protecting and nourishing your ocular surface. However, for many people their tear film is compromised, leaving their eyes exposed, vulnerable and malnourished. Luckily, there is new technology to help those in need achieve a better quality and quantity of effective tear film!

Dry Eye Evaluation

Because of your unique experience and history, our doctors provide you with a thorough examination, tailored to inform us of your specific dry eye needs. How long it takes for your tears to break-up from coating evenly over your eye will inform us of your tear quality and is referred to as tear break up time. Another tool your doctor will use is a diagnostic scan called LipiScan. This scan provides you with an image of the structure and amount of useful oil glands within your eye lid. Without adequate oil in your tear film, your tears quickly evaporate. With consideration of your experience and history, dry eye diagnostic tools, as well as your doctor’s evaluation of your ocular surface and the range of motion of your blink, our doctors are able to provide you with solutions to address the cause of your dry eye symptoms.

If left untreated, severe dry eye can cause serious irritation to the front of the eye and potentially lead to vision loss.

Focusing on Treating Dry-Eye’s Core Problems, Not Just Symptoms.

Many issues can contribute to dry eye disease such as: a microscopic buildup of bacteria, microscopic mite infestation called demodex, clogged oil glands, lack of tears, lack of lid stimulation or a mechanical error of the lid not fully shutting when blinking and sleeping. One or many of these issues can contribute to poor tear quality that causes eyes to be unprotected and exposed to its environments. As you can imagine, if dry eye disease is left untreated, you risk damage to the ocular surface specifically the cornea.

At home therapy

For your convenience Quigley Eye Specialist now offer retail items to empower your home dry eye treatments.

Keep Blepharitis away by practicing great lid hygiene use these products morning and night.

The oil within our lids can be compared to butter. When butter is cold, it is hard, but warm it up and away it melts. Because of this we recommend the best moisture heat compress mask there is called Bruder Mask. This mask is simple to use. Just place the mask on a plate, in the microwave for 20 seconds to heat it up. Wear 10-15 minutes morning and night.

With the help from your provider we can equip you with artificial tear most effective for you! These are commonly used 2 to 5 times a day as needed.

These night time solutions will help retain eye moisture through the night.

With the help from your provider we can equip you with artificial tear most effective for you! These are commonly used 2 to 5 times a day as needed.

Treatments We Offer

LipiFlow utilizes Vectored Thermal Pulsation technology and a patented algorithm of precise heat that is applied to the inner eyelids with directed gentle massage to remove blockages from the meibomian glands (oil glands). This treatment is designed to restore the natural oil flow to the tear film that covers the eye’s surface.

The treatment is not painful and takes no more than 15 minutes.

BlephEx is a revolutionary new patented treatment using a hand piece to very precisely and carefully deep clean your lid margins. The treatment consists of your doctor using the BlephEx tool that spins a medical grade micro-sponge along the edge of your eyelids and lashes, removing scurf and debris and exfoliating your eyelids. The treatment is performed under 15 minutes and dose not hurt. Patients often remark on how it tickles their nose or sinuses. This treatment is most suggested when a buildup of bacteria called Blepharitis is present. These bacteria cause blockages in your oil glands and prevents oil from getting into your tears.

Surgical Procedures? Consider Adding Dry Eye Solutions

There are various surgical solutions available for your needs whether medical or cosmetic. When considering these options, it important for you to factor in dry eye solutions especially if there will be any incision on the eye itself. Procedures involving quality of vision such as Lasik and cataract surgery, require investing time, energy and finances. However, afterward some people experience indications of dry eye disease that can compromise their fresh new vision.