TREATING DRY EYE

TREATING DRY EYE

Eye Drops / Artificial Tears

Most lubricating eye drops supplement natural tears by adding various tear elements that are already present in the eyes. This helps to moisten the eyes and provide temporary relief from mild dry eye symptoms.

Top Pick - BioDrop MD PLUS

Gel Drops

Gel drops help protect the eye from damage caused by dry eye. The thick gel formulation helps to coat the eye, providing longer-lasting relief than traditional eye drops.

Top Pick - Hylo Gel

Lid wipes help remove potentially harmful bacteria and debris from the eyelid area. When used regularly, lid wipes can help prevent dry eye-causing inflammation.

Lip Wipes

Top Pick - Blephadex Lid Wipes

Placing a warm compress on the eyelid helps to re-liquefy blockages in the meibomian glands. A warm compress can aid the flow of oily meibum into the tear film, reducing the frequency of tear evaporation.

Warm Compresses

Top Pick - OcuSci Hot Compress

Nutraceuticals

Nutraceuticals containing omega-3 fatty acids aid the body in producing higher quality tears. Nutraceuticals need to be taken consistently and on a long-term basis to be an effective treatment for dry eye. Most nutraceuticals for dry eye contain fish oil.

Top Pick - Dry Eye Nutraceutical

Dry Eye Nutraceutical

The Dry Eye Institute of Canada has formulated Dry Eye Nutraceutical (DEN) specifically for the treatment of Meibomian Gland Dynsfunction (MGD). When taken as prescribed, DEN reduces inflammation in the meibomian glands and aids the body in producing a better-quality tear. For more information on DEN, click here.

Meibum Expressions

During an in-office expression treatment, the optometrist applies pressure to the eyelid to express (push out) blockages in the meibomian glands. Expressing unhealthy meibum allows healthy meibum to flow more easily into the tear film.

BlephEx®

BlephEx® treatments remove blepharitis-causing bacterial buildup and debris along the eyelid margin. Regular in-office BlephEx® treatments are an effective way to maintain good eyelid hygiene and may be necessary to treat severe cases of blepharitis.

Eye-Light®

Eye-Light® is a non-invasive, stress-free treatment for Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD). Eye-Light® combines the benefits of IPL (intensive pulsed light) and LLLT (low level light therapy) in one treatment to target and optimize lipid secretion.

Punctal Plugs

Punctal plugs are tiny biocompatible devices that are inserted into the tear duct to block tear drainage. Creating this blockage allows tears to stay on the eye longer and can help relieve dry eye symptoms.

Cap Removal

Sometimes blockages in the meibomian glands can harden to form a solid plug. If this occurs, surgical removal of these caps may be required to allow meibum to flow out of the meibomian gland and into the tear layer again. Cap removal may require a referral to an ophthalmologist.

Prescription Medication

Prescription medication may be required to treat any underlying bacterial infections that cause inflammation. Prescription eye drops or pills may be prescribed for short-term use.

LipiFlow®

LipiFlow® treatments use thermal and pulsation therapy to remove oil buildup in the meibomian glands. LipiFlow® treatments help meibomian glands resume their natural function and most patients experience a distinct improvement in dry eye symptoms within two-to-four weeks of treatment.

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