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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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® 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.
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.