Dry eye disease is becoming increasingly common, affecting millions of people worldwide. This chronic condition can significantly impact your life, sometimes making even the smallest of tasks seem difficult.
If you have eye pain, blurry vision, and dry or watery eyes, it could be a sign that you have dry eye disease. But don’t worry! With an in-depth eye exam, our team can assess your vision and eye health to get you the treatment you need.
What Is Dry Eye Disease?
Your tears are made up of 3 distinct layers, all of which work together to keep your eyes healthy
- The oily layer prevents your tears from evaporating too quickly
- The watery layer delivers nutrients to your eyes
- The mucus layer keeps your tear film stuck to the surface of your eyes
What Are The 2 Types Of Dry Eye Disease?
There are two types of dry eye disease.
EDE is the most common type of dry eye disease. This type of dry eye occurs when you lack the proper amount of oil in your tears. When this happens, your tears can evaporate too quickly, drying out your eyes.
If you suffer from ATD, your eyes lack the aqueous layer in your tears. This means that your eyes aren’t producing enough tears to keep the eye moist, which can lead to irritating and uncomfortable symptoms.
What Are The Symptoms Of Dry Eye Disease?
Dry eye syndrome can have negative effects on the outer surface of the eye. In this test, an orange dye called fluorescein is placed with a dropper onto the ocular surface & fluorescein uptake is measured & graded under cobalt blue light.
If you are suffering from dry eye disease, you may notice any of the following symptoms:
- A burning or scratchy sensation in your eyes
- Stringy mucus in or around your eyes
- Irritated or overly-watery eyes
- Sensitivity to light or photophobia
- Eye redness, blurred vision, or eye fatigue
- A sensation of having something in your eyes
- Difficulty wearing contact lenses
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, book an appointment with your eye doctor to receive a dry eye disease diagnosis and get the treatment you need.
What Is Intense Pulse Light (IPL)?
IPL is a safe, gentle, and effective treatment done to manage dry eye disease. This non-invasive procedure is an FDA-approved treatment for dry eye management
The technology uses pulses of light precisely administered in the area below the eyes to reduce dry eye symptoms. This 10-15 minute procedure can relieve dry eye symptoms by:
- Increasing tear break-up time
- Reducing the amount of demodex mites and bacteria around your eyes
- Decreasing inflammation inflammation
- Improving meibomian gland functionality
To prepare for your appointment you should avoid:
- Using skin brightening agents or serums for the week before your appointment
- Using tanning beds 1 month prior to your appointment
- Getting botox for at least 3 months before your appointment
- Taking oral isotretinoin, tetracycline, or doxycycline in the 3 months prior to your appointment
How do you know if IPL is the right treatment for you? During an eye exam, your doctor can determine whether or not it is the right option for you.In general, IPL isn’t recommended for patients who:
- Are taking certain medications, like Accutane
- Have active acne
- Suffer from certain skin disorders
- Are susceptible to keloid scarring
- Have severe scarring
- Have severely sunburned recently
You don’t have to live with the uncomfortable symptoms of dry eye disease. With our good examination and technology, your symptoms can be managed effectively and efficiently, restoring your quality of life.
Our team is always here to help you find relief from dry eyes.