There is no “one size fits all” when it comes to Dry Eye treatment. Our optometrists work with patients to find the best solution based on symptoms, diagnosis, and personal preferences. We will also modify the plan throughout treatment to best fit patient needs. We want our patients to find the relief they’ve been waiting for and will take the extra steps to obtain clear and comfortable vision.
Below are a few options to treat Dry Eye. They can vary in application yearly administration to daily use.
LipiFlow is a procedure designed to treat blocked Meibomian glands and increase the lipid layer in tears. It works by applying directed energy to the eyelid near the affected glands, with precisely targeted warmth from the back of the eyelid and slight pressure from the front. This treatment, performed right in our office, can unblock glands, interrupt physical deterioration and, in most cases, provide symptom relief.
Prescription eye drops, such as Restatis® and Xiidra®, help to treat the signs and symptoms of Dry Eye. Applied daily, the medication reduces inflammation from the eye. Relief from these drops can be seen in 3 to 6 months.
Artificial tears are widely sold over-the-counter to provide temporary relief. When applied, the tears lubricate Dry Eyes and help maintain moisture on the surface. No single brand works best for every form of Dry Eye, so you may need to try different brands before finding the right one for you.
Typically used for mild cases of Dry Eye, heat compresses can help meibomian gland oils from becoming tacky and clogging the glands. This method is applied at least daily and considered as support for other treatment options.
Considered when eye drops fail to relieve Dry Eye, punctal plugs block tear ducts and prevents tears from draining. The lack of draining increases the eye’s tear film and moisture. The plugs are inserted in-office and, other than the slight initial discomfort, they are practically unnoticeable.
In conjunction with other treatment options, nutritional supplements such as Omega-3 oils can suppress inflammation or irritation caused by Dry Eye.