True dry eye treatment often requires a combination of methods. Most people with dry eye have used drops before and know this will only get temporary relief. As members of the Dry Eye Institute of Canada we are always looking for the newest technology in treatment to give our patients the best options available. You do not need to suffer from Dry Eyes. Here is a look at the different treatment options we provide:
Eye drops provide temporary relief for dry eyes. Most lubricating eye drops work by adding various tear elements that are in the eyes already, to supplement the natural tears and make the eyes moist and comfortable. Artificial tears can provide temporary alleviation of mild dry eye symptoms.
Gel Eye Drops:
Gel eye drops help protect the eyes from the damage dry eye creates. The gel drop uses the thickest gel formulation to coat the eye with a strong layer of comfortable protection to provide long-lasting relief for those suffering from more severe symptoms of dry eyes.
Lid wipes help clean bacteria and debris left behind from inflammation. These premium pre-moistened eyelid cleansing wipes are hypoallergenic non-irritating and soothing. They cleanse the eyelid area of potentially harmful dirt, bacteria or residue when used properly.
Warm compresses help warm the glands in the eye lids to loosen up blockages in the glands. If cells in the glands harden and plug the opening, it can keep the oil layer (meibum) from getting into the tear film. A warm compress helps liquefy blockages so meibum can flow into tears.
Blephex eliminates the scurf and bacterial debris that builds up along the lid margin. Properly performed by one of our doctors, Blephex will reduce or alleviate these chronic and debilitating symptoms. Treatment may need to be repeated, depending on the severity of the disease.
Sometimes the glands along the lid margin called meibomian glands form a solid plug. Manual removal of these caps under anesthesia may be needed to allow the meibum to flow out of the gland and into the tear layer.
The meibomian glands produce clear lipid/oil (meibum) which forms the front layer of the tear film. When these glands become infected or inflamed, the meibum becomes thickened and is unable to come out of the glands easily. This unhealthy meibum needs to be expressed (pushed out) so that healthy meibum can be created. This expression is important in helping to achieve a healthy outer lipid/oil layer of the tear film.
Since dry eye can be a result of bacterial infection causing inflammation, prescription drops or pills (depending on the severity) may be prescribed for temporary use.
The lipiview is the only instrument that accurately measures lipid layer thickness, evaluated blink rate, and visualizes meibomian gland structure to determine lipid deficiency and detect MGD (Meibomian Gland Disease) in its earliest stages.
LipiFlow treatment addresses the root cause of evaporative dry eye by unblocking the meibomian glands that secrete oily lipids. LipiFlow helps the meibomian glands resume their natural function and relieves the symptoms of dry eyes. Most patients notice a distinct improvement within 2 - 4 weeks of treatment.
Punctal plugs are tiny, biocompatible devices inserted into tear ducts to block drainage of the tears. This allows tears to stay on the eye longer, and can help relieve the itching, burning, feeling of sand, and excess reflex tearing that are common symptoms in dry eye syndrome patients.
LipiScan is an ophthalmic imaging device that allows doctors to assess meibomian gland structure. It is the first of its kind that is only dedicated to rapid high definition images.
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