What Is Dry Eye?
If your eyes feel dry most of the time, then you should visit an eye doctor for an examination to determine if you have a medical issue. There are temporary conditions that can irritate your eyes, but you may have a chronic eye condition known as Dry Eye Syndrome.
Chronic dry eye affects millions of people. This can be developed as part of the natural aging process. Females are also more likely to have chronic dry eye due to the changes in the body’s hormonal levels. With chronic dry eye, you can have inflamed eyes that lack natural lubrication from the tear glands. This leads to itchy and dry eyes along with a decline in visual acuity.
Help Your Eyes to Feel Better at Home
Let’s first look at a few ways you can address the symptoms of dry eye syndrome at home.
- Adding moisture to the air can help you to have less discomfort in your eyes, so you can use a humidifier in your home, especially in the bedroom so that your eyes feel more comfortable when you wake up in the morning.
- You can also make warm and wet compresses from clean cloths that you can apply to your eyes to soothe your upper and lower eyelids.
- By using a clean finger, you can massage the corners of your eyes where the tear ducts are located to help the glands produce natural moisture that will soothe your eyes.
Repairing the Oil Glands Along the Eyelids
Even if you are using at-home relief methods, we recommend visiting an eye doctor to learn more about the condition of your eyes. Your eye doctor will be able to determine if your dry eye symptoms are caused by poor lubrication from the tear ducts, or if you have another problem that affects the oil glands along the edges of the eyelids.
While some individuals need treatment with prescription eye drops or procedures to open the tear ducts, other patients need a special treatment for the Meibomian Glands that are blocked. These glands are along the edge of the eyelid, and the glands produce small amounts of oil that help to lubricate the surface of the eyes.
LipiFlow – A Soothing Treatment for Dry Eye Syndrome
If you have Meibomian Gland Dysfunction, one of the ways we are able to treat this is via the LipiFlow Thermal Pulsation System. This in-office treatment is performed with an advanced device that fits precisely over each eye to provide gentle heat and pressure on the eyelid. This “massages” the Meibomian Glands to liquefy and remove the debris that is blocking them. A computerized system controls the pulses accurately to improve the condition of the glands so that additional natural oil is released onto the eye.
LipiFlow has allowed many patients to reduce dependence on daily eye drops and provide long-lasting relief of dry eye symptoms.
Schedule an Appointment
If you are experiencing dry eye symptoms and would like to learn more about your options for long-term relief, we invite you to book an appointment with Matossian Eye Associates to learn more about LipiFlow. Contact us online, or call us at 1-800-708-8800.