Dry eyes can make your life miserable. For some people, dry eye is the result of temporary issues like seasonal allergies or environmental conditions in their homes. But for others, the gritty, painful, always-dehydrated feeling is an all-day-every-day way of life.
If that describes your eyes, you might have dry eye disease or chronic dry eye syndrome. Other symptoms can include feeling like there is something in your eye, or redness, blurred vision, and sensitivity to light or wind.
Jeff leads a team of optometrists that uses the most advanced technologies and equipment to detect and diagnose dry eye disease. We’ll analyze, assess and treat your dry eye based on science, not guesswork. To put it another way, your tear layer will improve and your eyes will feel healthy again.
What Is Dry Eye Disease?
Tears are made up of three layers
If you’re like many people with dry eye symptoms, your condition is related to blocked Meibomian glands and an inadequate protective layer of oils in your tears.
Dry eyes can make your life miserable. For some people, they’re the result of temporary issues like seasonal allergies or environmental conditions in their homes. But for others, the gritty, painful, always-dehydrated feeling is an all-day-every-day way of life.
If that describes your eyes, you might have dry eye disease or chronic dry eye syndrome. Other symptoms can include feeling like there’s something in your eye, redness, blurred vision, and sensitivity to light or wind.
The good news is we can help.
Dr. Jeff Yunker founded the Grand Forks region’s first Dry Eye Clinic within Lifetime Vision in 2015, and it’s still the only one in the area. Our clinic is certified by the Food and Drug Administration under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA). It also is a Tearlab-accredited dry eye clinic.
Dry Eye Evaluation
The Lifetime Vision team will:
Analyze and review your current medications for any that might exacerbate dry eye.
Measure lipid and tear layer thickness and blink pattern.
Perform osmolarity testing, which is an evaluation of your tear layer to measure inflammation.
Perform non-invasive electronic measurement of tear breakup time (i.e., how long does it take after you blink for tears to evaporate?)
Use infrared photography on the insides of your eyelids to measure Meibomian gland dropout and dilation. We’ll use the Oculus 5M Keratograph and the LipiView™ to document your glands.
Use a special dye to detect dead cells on the cornea surface caused by chronic dryness and perform a detailed analysis of the eyelid function.
Lipiflow Patented Dry Eye Treatment
We will customize your dry eye treatment based on several scientific diagnostic test results. Your plan could incorporate up to 16 different treatment modalities, including anti-inflammatory drugs, drops, supplements, moist heat and LipiFlow® patented technology. (www.dryeyeandmgd.com)
LipiFlow is a procedure designed to treat blocked Meibomian glands (www.dryeyeandmgd.com). 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.
2900 S Columbia Rd, Grand Forks