Dry eye disease is serious and spirals downward over time significantly affecting quality of life. The best way to combat Dry Eye Disease is to address it immediately and aggressively. Relief from dry eye will take dedication on your part both in time as well as financially. Your ocular surface health and vision are worth the effort required. We look forward to helping you gain back healthy, happy eyes!
We offer several effective treatments for tear film dysfunction
BlephEx® is a new, in-office procedure that allows us to take an active role in treating dry eye and blepharitis. BlephEx® removes excess bacteria, biofilm and bacterial toxins, the main causes of inflammatory dry eye and lid disease.
LipiFlow is a treatment for evaporative dry eye that is caused by a lack of normal oils in the tear film. These oils, (lipids) are important because they prevent the evaporation of tears from the surface of your eyes. This dysfunction is caused by Meibomian gland disease, which blocks the lipids from your tears. Expression treats the glands that are blocked, allowing the lipids to be released back into your tear film. Treatment is a painless, heated eyelid massage that takes 12-15 minutes.
Prokera® Amniotic Membrane is a biologic corneal bandage that is inserted onto the surface of your eye like a contact lens. The membrane remains in place for 4 days and allows for natural regeneration of corneal tissue. Many patients who have severe dry eye, have had multiple surgical procedures, corneal dystrophies, recurrent corneal erosions, and many other debilitating eye disorders have found months or even years of relief with Prokera®.
If the cause of Dry Eye is a short tear break-up time, or a high evaporative rate, then patients may benefit from the insertion of punctal plugs. Dr. Day gently inserts a silicon tube into the puncta (tear drainage duct) to block the tears from leaving the surface of the eye. This procedure is performed in office using local anesthetic and takes only a few minutes. While there are many different types of punctal plugs, most will need to be replaced at a certain interval, generally decreasing symptoms for up to 6 months.