Dry Eye Treatment

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Dry Eye Treatment

Find relief from dry, itchy, irritated eyes.

Find relief from dry, itchy,
irritated eyes.

Dry eyes affect millions of people in the United States. It is estimated that as many as 4.88 million Americans over the age of 50 suffer from this uncomfortable, long-term optical condition.

If you need help, request an appointment with Dr. Michael Blackburn. We’ll help you find a treatment option that brings you the relief you’re searching for.

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Everyone experiences dry eye differently because there are so many potential underlying causes.

Typical symptoms include:

  • Redness or eyes that appear irritated and bloodshot
  • Consistent burning or tingling sensations in the eyes
  • Eyes that feel itchy or as if they have something in them
  • Increased sensitivity to bright lights or sunlight
  • Excessive tearing, or eyes that always appear watery

There are many potential causes of dry eye.

In some cases, the cause is obvious, such as environmental irritants or short-term inflammation.

Some of the other causes of chronic dry eye problems include:

  • Disease of the meibomian glands
  • Blepharitis
  • Allergies
  • Defects that affect the eyelid or shape of the eye
  • Certain medications
  • Deficiency of the oily or aqueous components

Because the underlying causes vary, treatment methods after diagnosis will also vary according to the patient. It is also not uncommon for there to be more than one cause for dry eye.

Through imaging the meibomian glands, evaluating inflammation on the eye surface and screening for certain medical conditions, we are able to diagnose and provide treatment for the condition.

Some of the typical treatments include:

  • Prescription eye drops to combat inflammation
  • Treating oil glands
  • Blinking exercises or proper eyelid hygiene

If an infection is causing the issue, low-dose antibiotics may also be prescribed.

Symptoms of dry eye include crust around the eyes, a feeling of grittiness in the eyes, redness, itching, and irritation. 

The reason for this is a condition called Meibomian Gland Dysfunction. This is a condition in which the eyelid oil glands become clogged with thickened oil producing an insufficient tear layer, causing blocked oil glands, and leading to dryness. 

Addressing this problem early is important as many of the tear glands will die away if this condition is ignored.

To treat Meibomian Gland Dysfunction, we offer TempSure® Dry Eye Sessions. This procedure involves the use of a handpiece that emits radiofrequency heat energy. When used near the eye, this safe energy clears meibomian gland blockages, allowing for better lubrication. Most people describe feeling a warm sensation near their eyes during treatment. 

Along with easing dry eye symptoms, this radiofrequency device also enhances collagen production in the eyelid, causing the skin to become tightened. The positive effect is that while treating dry eye, unwanted facial lines and wrinkles, such as crow’s feet, are reduced.

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Your optometrist will determine what treatment is needed based on your medical history.

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