There are two forms of Dry Eye disease. Are you treating the right one?
Dry Eye occurs when the eyes do not produce sufficient tears or the tears evaporate too quickly. Without proper treatment, inadequate tears can make daily activities frustrating, affecting your personal and professional life, from reading to watching TV, to driving or working on the computer.
The most common form of Dry Eye is Evaporative Dry Eye, which affects 9 out of 10 Dry Eye cases. This form results from a shortage of oil in your tears caused by a blockage in your eyelid (Meibomian) glands, leading tears to evaporate faster than normal. This lack of tear oil is often referred to as Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD).
Now, with the breakthrough LipiFlow®technology, it’s possible to directly treat the root cause of MGD
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.
Common Symptoms of MGD
- Sensitivity to light
- Blurred vision
- Discomfort in windy or dry conditions
A series of evaluations will be performed by Dr. Banik to determine if you have MGD. This will include tear film and meibomian gland evaluation under the microscope. LipiScan® non-invasive gland imaging is also extremely helpful to help her see and analyze your meibomian gland structure. The image below on the left shows normal, healthy meibomian glands in the lower eyelid. The image on the right shows loss of meibomian glands after chronic blockage and inflammation.
Knowing what is causing your Dry Eye will help Dr. Banik determine the best treatment option.
Relief with LipiFlow®
LipiFlow® is a procedure designed to treat the root cause of Evaporative Dry Eye, blocked Meibomian glands.
LipiFlow® works by applying directed energy to the eyelid near the affected glands — precisely targeted warmth from the back of the eyelid, and slight pressure from the front. This treatment is performed right in our office. The LipiFlow® treatment can unblock glands, interrupt physical deterioration and, in most cases, provide symptom relief long-term.
To watch a video on Dry Eye, MGD and LipiFlow® Treatment, click HERE.
To watch a patient testimonial after LipiFlow® treatment, click HERE.