What Is Dry Eye Syndrome?

To stay moist and comfortable, your eyes produce tears constantly at a steady rate. Symptoms of dry eye include a scratchy, stinging sensation, stringy mucus, blurry vision, or excessive tearing because the tear glands are producing too much and overwhelming the drainage system.

Patients with Dry Eye may complain of eye stinging, burning, itching, redness, irritation or discomfort. Vision may be blurred, causing difficulty viewing a computer, watching television, or seeing clearly while driving.

Left untreated, severe Dry Eye may lead to inflammation/ulceration of the cornea, Meibomian Gland disease (MGD), or other ocular complications.

UNDERSTANDING MGD

THE LEADING CAUSE OF DRY EYE

Over the past 15 years, research has revealed that the leading cause of eye discomfort for over 86% of patients with dry eye is MGD.1 MGD is a disease best detected in its earliest stages and then managed to limit progression.

MGD occurs when the protective oil that normally flows from the eyelid (meibomian) glands slows or stops. Over time, blockage and structural damage of the glands occurs. The oil acts as the front line of protection for the tears and lubricates the surface of the eyes when you blink. When these glands are not healthy, it causes the tear film to rapidly evaporate, leaving the eye’s surface exposed. This exposure can cause discomfort that increases over time and impacts quality of vision. This can result in irritating dry eye symptoms. A routine check for MGD as a part of any eye exam is recommended.

“I was the first in the Philadelphia and Bucks County area to use IPL. A standard IPL machine can do all sorts of different things but is made with low energy settings that are safe for use around the eyeball. This IPL machine will increase the capacity of the eye to produce normal, healthy tears.

Sanjay Kamat, DO

Treating MGD with LipiFlow

As of November 2015, LipiFlow is the only electronic device cleared by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for treatment of meibomian gland dysfunction with clinical studies that demonstrate safety and effectiveness. Through advances in the application of Vectored Thermal Pulsation (VTPTM) technology, LipiFlow utilizes a patented algorithm of precise heat applied to the inner eyelids and directed gentle massage to remove blockages from the meibomian glands. This treatment is designed to restore the natural oil flow to the tear film that covers the eye’s surface. Results: Controlled clinical studies have shown that, on average, LipiFlow achieves sustained 3-fold improvement in meibomian gland function, reducing symptoms to approximately half the pre-procedure level.

IPL - Dry Eye Treatment

DermaMed Solutions Diamond Series Quadra Q4 IPL 

Intense Pulsed Light

In the past, this condition has often gone unrecognized and undiagnosed. Patients may have been advised to “home-treat” their uncomfortable symptoms with measures such as artificial tears, warm compresses, lid scrubs, or medicated drops. All of these remedies treat symptoms but cannot treat the problem..

Only recently has a treatment known as the Toyos Optimum Dry Eye Treatment, which uses Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Therapy, become available to target the cause of Dry Eye, and to reduce or eliminate symptoms. IPL has helped many patients with Dry Eye to reduce their discomfort and improve their quality of life.

“Heat from the laser zaps the inflammation causing the dry eyes. The eyeball is protected with a shield during the treatments and the laser is focused up towards the tissue that makes tears.

Sanjay Kamat, DO

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