Dry eye is one of the most common conditions affecting the cornea, but it does not require surgery. We offer a variety of dry eye treatment options at ICON Eyecare Grand Junction.
Dry eye is a more common problem today than ever before. In fact, more than 100 million people worldwide suffer from painful and persistent dry eye symptoms.
Most experts agree that near work – computers, smartphones, video games – is likely to blame for the increase in dry eye symptoms. Each of these activities interfere with quality and quantity of blinks. Not enough quality blinks mean not enough natural tears, which leads to dry eye symptoms.
How Will I Know If I Have Dry Eye?
Common symptoms of dry eye include dryness, irritation, grittiness, burning and eye fatigue.
Many of these symptoms are also commonly associated with allergies and infections, so it’s important to determine if what you’re experiencing is actually dry eye.
To do that, an ICON Eyecare Grand Junction dry eye specialist will perform a series of diagnostic tests to evaluate your unique ocular surface condition. This will help us determine the best course of action specifically for you.
How is Dry Eye Treated?
If you have been diagnosed with dry eye, don’t worry. We can help. Following are potential options for treatment at ICON Eyecare Grand Junction:
The LipiFlow System is revolutionary in the treatment of dry eye. LipiFlow addresses the root cause of evaporative dry eye, which is the most common form of dry eye, by unblocking the glands that secrete oily lipids.
*In controlled clinical studies of patients who received a single LipiFlow treatment, the average meibomian gland score at 4 weeks increased by 2-3 times over the baseline condition!
In other words, LipiFlow uses heat and gentle movement to unclog the glands on the rim of your eyelid that help keep your tears from evaporating. Treatment helps them to function properly so more tears stay on your eye’s surface.
Serum tears are made from a sample of your own blood so they fit your unique biology. Red blood cells and clotting factors are removed, leaving blood serum behind. This serum is diluted with a sterile, preservative-free solution to produce a tear substitute that is perfectly matched to you, and contains many important growth factors and nutrients found in healthy tears. Since blood and tears have an almost identical salinity and pH, there is no issue of burning or stinging.
Punctal plugs work to keep natural tears on your eyes longer. This is done by blocking the tear ducts through which the tears normally drain. The tear ducts can be blocked with tiny silicone or gel-like plugs that can easily be removed, if needed. In either case, the goal is to keep the available tears in the eye longer to reduce problems related to dry eyes.
Eyelid expression is an in-office procedure that opens the glands and stimulates new tear production.
Prescription Eye Drops
While over-the-counter artificial tears will help to temporarily lubricate and soothe dry eye symptoms, they do not resolve the root cause of dry eye. Your ICON Eyecare Grand Junction doctor may prescribe an eyedrop that address the root cause and works to increase the production of and improve the quality of your tears.