Dry Eye Treatment

What is Dry Eye?

Dry eye is a very prevalent issue that affects patients of all ages. It not only affects how your eyes feel but may also hinder the quality of your vision. 

Symptoms of dry eye include:

What Causes Dry Eye?

There are many risk factors to consider when determining the cause of the dry eyes. It all comes down to not only the amount of tears your eyes produce, but also the quality of the tears.

Your tears have three different layers:

Inflammation plays a major role in affecting the quality of all of these layers and your body’s ability to produce good tears. A few examples of factors that affect the different layers of your tears include:

Determining the root cause of your dry eye is the first step in implementing the best options for treatment.

Dry Eye Treatments

Meibomian Gland Dysfunction

Meibomian gland dysfunction is an eye condition that is the leading cause of dry eye. This condition occurs due to lipid layer deficiencies.

The lipid layer of your tear film is produced by glands located on your eyelids called Meibomian glands. These glands can become inflamed and not produce a good lipid layer in your tears that prevents your tears from evaporating off of your eyes too quickly. Because of this, your Meibomian glands become clogged with lipid and bacteria.

The lipid is like a wax that clogs the glands and prevents them from expressing the good lipids that your tear film needs. The bacteria is what can cause grittiness and overall discomfort. This condition is called Meibomian gland dysfunction and/or Blepharitis.

Treatment for Meibomian Gland Dysfunction

There are many different treatments to help address these issues. The goal is to not only unclog the glands, but also clean the bacteria off of the glands. Heating and expressing the glands and then clearing the bacteria are important.

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Treatment

At Hardin Valley Eyecare and Optical, we offer Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatment for dry eye with the LUMENIS IPL device. The LUMENIS IPL device is the only FDA approved equipment for dry eye treatment.

This device uses Intense Pulsed Light to target chromophores in your eyelids and help get rid of all the inflammation in your Meibomian glands. This is one of the best ways, if not the best, to address Meibomian gland dysfunction and dry eye.

Patient Testimonials

We are dedicated to providing exceptional eye care services that enhance your vision and improve your overall well-being. Our commitment to excellence has earned us the trust and appreciation of our valued patients. Here’s what they have to say about their experiences with us:

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