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Dry Eyes Treatment

The trend of ‘work from home’ is increasing and as a result, many people are exposed to their computer/laptop screens for a longer period of time. This excessive screen time and stress can be the cause of Dry-Eye condition amongst people.

What is a dry eye condition?

Dry Eye, also known own as MGD (Meibomian Gland Dysfunction), is a chronic condition that occurs when your eye is not producing sufficient tears for lubrication. It also happens when the quality of your tears is not good. It causes redness, burning, pain, blurry vision in your eyes. Dry eye affects the health of your eye and even blinking may feel uncomfortable to you.

Importance of Tears for eyes:

Tears are very important to keep your eyes healthy, because:

  • Tears provide lubrication for the eyes.
  • They reduce the risk of eye infections.
  • The eye is kept clean & clear.
  • They wash away foreign materials that enter into the eyes.

What are the symptoms for dry eyes?

  • Redness
  • Burning
  • Blurred Vision
  • Stinging and scratching sensation.
  • Watery Eyes

What is Lipiflow?

LipiFlow is the only device approved by the FDA to cure dry eye conditions. Lipiflow gives long-term relief from Dry Eye condition. It removes the blockages from your meibomian glands so that they can produce oils that are necessary for your eyes to function properly. The process normally takes 12 minutes. You can see the results of the treatment only within two weeks.

The procedure of Lipiflow:

  1. Firstly, the Lipiflow activators are placed under and over your eyelids.
  2. The activators transmit a combination of heat and gentle pressure to your inner eyelids using VTP (Vectored Thermal Pulse). Simultaneously, therapeutic motion is also delivered to your outer eyelids.
  3. The process helps to remove the blockages in your glands.

Is Lipiflow safe? Is Lipiflow painful?

Lipiflow is a very safe device for treating dry eye syndrome. And no, there is no pain felt during the process, patients usually expressed that it felt like a massage for the eyelids.

FAQ

1. Can Eye-Drops cure Dry-Eye condition?

No, but they can provide temporary relief to the eyes.

2. How does Dry-Eye feel?

You may feel stinging, burning, or scratchy sensation in the eye due to Dry-Eye condition.

3. Is Dry-Eye related to lack of sleep?

Yes, lack of sleep can also be a cause of your dry-eye. Your eyes heal while sleeping, so if you don’t give your eyes some time to heal then there are chances it may cause the dry-eye condition or some other eye infections

4. Is Dry-Eye permanent?

Dry-Eye is a chronic condition, in some severe cases it may not be cured completely but in many cases the Dry-Eye condition may be managed with suitable treatments.

5. Can Dry-Eye syndrome cause blindness?

Yes, if the condition is left untreated for a long period of time it may cause blindness and vision loss.

6. Is it appropriate to use eye-drops every day?

No, it’s not appropriate to use eye-drops every day unless it is prescribed by your doctor.

7. What are the vital symptoms of dry-eye?

Some of the main symptoms for dry eyes are:

  • Eye redness and irritation
  • Burning and gritty sensation
  • Blurred vision
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Excessive tearing
  • Feels that something is in the eye
8. What are the effective treatments for dry-eyes?

In mild cases, using humidifiers, avoiding smoke and artificial tears can offer some relief. But, in severe cases a proper treatment and medication are necessary. So, some of the treatments include:

  • Lacrisert is used to liquefy your eyes over time. And, provides 24X7 moisture to your eyes.
  • Insertion of punctal plug to stop tears draining away from your eyes.
  • Meibomian gland expression is a process in the case of MGD. The doctor takes out the clogged contents from the Meibomian glands.
  • LipiFlow thermal pulsation system is an effective dry eye treatment.
  • Intense pulsed light (IPL) relieves dry eyes in some patients. A short and deep burst of light at a certain wavelength helps in some changes in blood vessels.
9. Are there any major complications of dry eyes?

There may be a few complications from an untreated or chronic dry eye. So, some of them are eye infections. And, having issues while working on computers, reading, and driving. Also, in severe cases, it may lead to permanent vision concerns, eye inflammation, and ulcers.

10. What is LipiFlow meant for?

It is the best treatment for getting relief from dry eyes. So, it focusses on an exact dry eye trigger. That is, MGD or Meibomian gland dysfunction. Meibomian glands produce mucus and lipids. And, MGD blocks the ducts that convey oils. Thus, the lipiflow aims at the major cause and helps in getting relief from the dry eyes.

11. How can I know that I have an evaporative dry eye?

You need to go through a comprehensive dry eye test. Also, Visual Aids Center uses the latest technology for dry eye assessment. So, the tests include:

  • Monitoring and recording the quality of the lipid layer
  • Infrared light imaging of Meibomian glands
  • Testing the rate of evaporation
  • Checking the redness of your eyes

Thus, after determining the above points you can know whether you have dry eyes or not.

12. Is the LipiFlow technique safe?

Yes. It is a very safe process. And, FDA has also approved this process for treating MGD. Besides, it offers long-relief from dry-eye symptoms.  

13. Does dry-eye cause major problems?

It may cause some major problems. Like when you wake up, you might get thick and crumbly discharge from your eyes. Also, you may suffer from irritation, redness, and itchy eyes. Further, dry eyes get in contact with dirt and infectious particles easily. Thus, there are chances of having corneal damage.

14. How do I prepare myself for a dry eye test?

You must take care of the following things before tested for dry eyes:

  • Don’t wear contact lenses while you visit for the check-up.
  • Avoid using artificial eye drops 24-hours before the test.
  • Do not use any eyelid creams 24-hours prior to the visit.
  • Avoid swimming at least 12 hours before your visit.
  • Make sure to remove all the makeup before the check-up.
15. What is the maximum time to see results from LipiFlow treatment?

Many of our patients show the signs of relief within 2-4 weeks. Also, 85% of patients show recovery in gland secretions in four weeks. But, for the patients who have this chronic disease for more than a year. They may take up to 4-5 months to spot a major difference.

16. Will LipiFlow offer permanent relief to my eyes?

LipiFlow gives long-term relief for your dry-eyes. Since it is a chronic disease. And, no treatment is entirely permanent. So, the constant relief from LipiFlow depends on the below factors:

  • Since when you had the disease
  • Age
  • General health and physiology
  • Whether you work on the screen for a long time

We suggest the best ways to get improved results of LipiFlow.

17. What if I don’t get treatment for dry eyes?

It gets worse with time. The major reason behind this is if the Meibomian glands die it cannot revive. So, avoiding treatment can lead to some major issues. And, it can result in cell damage, permanent harm of gland function, and visual degradation. Hence, get the treatment at the right time to avoid any further harm.

18. sWhat could be the reason that I am not producing sufficient tears?

Usually, with age people tend to produce fewer tears. So, with time this results in dry eyes. Also, there are some other causes of dry-eyes. Such as some medical conditions or allergies. Further, excessive use of the computer makes your eyes blink less often. Hence, it may also lead to dry eyes. Make sure to get your eyes checked as soon as you notice any symptom. Reach out to the Visual Aids Center to avail the most suitable treatment for your eyes.   

19. I am suffering from overly watery eyes. Is it dry-eyes?

 

A weepy eye is a major sign of dry eye syndrome. So, when our eyes don’t have proper lubrication. Then, they wash away from eyes like water. This keeps our eyes flooding more tears and drying out. Thus, you must see an optometrist. Visit Visual Aids Center and get your eyes checked by our specialists.

20. Is dry eye a dangerous condition?

Well, it may be an emergency condition in the short-term. But, in the long-term it is more likely to become a chronic disease. Because your corneas are exposed to possible damage. And, you can get affected by severe infections and vision loss in future. This also makes it hard to do your daily activities, like reading, driving, etc. And, it is essential to protect the surface of your eyes from infection. So, you should not let your eyes dry for a long time. And, see a doctor instantly after spotting any signs.

21. Who is more prone to have dry eyes?

Some studies show that people who excessively use computers are more likely to suffer from dry-eyes. Also, there are some other factors. Like genetics, diet, sleep, medications, and other health issues.

FAQ

1. Can Eye-Drops cure Dry-Eye condition?

No, but they can provide temporary relief to the eyes.

2. How does Dry-Eye feel?

You may feel stinging, burning, or scratchy sensation in the eye due to Dry-Eye condition.

3. Is Dry-Eye related to lack of sleep?

Yes, lack of sleep can also be a cause of your dry-eye. Your eyes heal while sleeping, so if you don’t give your eyes some time to heal then there are chances it may cause the dry-eye condition or some other eye infections

4. Is Dry-Eye permanent?

Dry-Eye is a chronic condition, in some severe cases it may not be cured completely but in many cases the Dry-Eye condition may be managed with suitable treatments.

5. Can Dry-Eye syndrome cause blindness?

Yes, if the condition is left untreated for a long period of time it may cause blindness and vision loss.

6. Is it appropriate to use eye-drops every day?

No, it’s not appropriate to use eye-drops every day unless it is prescribed by your doctor.

7. What are the vital symptoms of dry-eye?

Some of the main symptoms for dry eyes are:

  • Eye redness and irritation
  • Burning and gritty sensation
  • Blurred vision
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Excessive tearing
  • Feels that something is in the eye
8. What are the effective treatments for dry-eyes?

In mild cases, using humidifiers, avoiding smoke and artificial tears can offer some relief. But, in severe cases a proper treatment and medication are necessary. So, some of the treatments include:

  • Lacrisert is used to liquefy your eyes over time. And, provides 24X7 moisture to your eyes.
  • Insertion of punctal plug to stop tears draining away from your eyes.
  • Meibomian gland expression is a process in the case of MGD. The doctor takes out the clogged contents from the Meibomian glands.
  • LipiFlow thermal pulsation system is an effective dry eye treatment.
  • Intense pulsed light (IPL) relieves dry eyes in some patients. A short and deep burst of light at a certain wavelength helps in some changes in blood vessels.
9. Are there any major complications of dry eyes?

There may be a few complications from an untreated or chronic dry eye. So, some of them are eye infections. And, having issues while working on computers, reading, and driving. Also, in severe cases, it may lead to permanent vision concerns, eye inflammation, and ulcers.

10. What is LipiFlow meant for?

It is the best treatment for getting relief from dry eyes. So, it focusses on an exact dry eye trigger. That is, MGD or Meibomian gland dysfunction. Meibomian glands produce mucus and lipids. And, MGD blocks the ducts that convey oils. Thus, the lipiflow aims at the major cause and helps in getting relief from the dry eyes.

11. How can I know that I have an evaporative dry eye?

You need to go through a comprehensive dry eye test. Also, Visual Aids Center uses the latest technology for dry eye assessment. So, the tests include:

  • Monitoring and recording the quality of the lipid layer
  • Infrared light imaging of Meibomian glands
  • Testing the rate of evaporation
  • Checking the redness of your eyes

Thus, after determining the above points you can know whether you have dry eyes or not.

12. Is the LipiFlow technique safe?

Yes. It is a very safe process. And, FDA has also approved this process for treating MGD. Besides, it offers long-relief from dry-eye symptoms.  

13. Does dry-eye cause major problems?

It may cause some major problems. Like when you wake up, you might get thick and crumbly discharge from your eyes. Also, you may suffer from irritation, redness, and itchy eyes. Further, dry eyes get in contact with dirt and infectious particles easily. Thus, there are chances of having corneal damage.

14. How do I prepare myself for a dry eye test?

You must take care of the following things before tested for dry eyes:

  • Don’t wear contact lenses while you visit for the check-up.
  • Avoid using artificial eye drops 24-hours before the test.
  • Do not use any eyelid creams 24-hours prior to the visit.
  • Avoid swimming at least 12 hours before your visit.
  • Make sure to remove all the makeup before the check-up.
15. What is the maximum time to see results from LipiFlow treatment?

Many of our patients show the signs of relief within 2-4 weeks. Also, 85% of patients show recovery in gland secretions in four weeks. But, for the patients who have this chronic disease for more than a year. They may take up to 4-5 months to spot a major difference.

16. Will LipiFlow offer permanent relief to my eyes?

LipiFlow gives long-term relief for your dry-eyes. Since it is a chronic disease. And, no treatment is entirely permanent. So, the constant relief from LipiFlow depends on the below factors:

  • Since when you had the disease
  • Age
  • General health and physiology
  • Whether you work on the screen for a long time

We suggest the best ways to get improved results of LipiFlow.

17. What if I don’t get treatment for dry eyes?

It gets worse with time. The major reason behind this is if the Meibomian glands die it cannot revive. So, avoiding treatment can lead to some major issues. And, it can result in cell damage, permanent harm of gland function, and visual degradation. Hence, get the treatment at the right time to avoid any further harm.

18. sWhat could be the reason that I am not producing sufficient tears?

Usually, with age people tend to produce fewer tears. So, with time this results in dry eyes. Also, there are some other causes of dry-eyes. Such as some medical conditions or allergies. Further, excessive use of the computer makes your eyes blink less often. Hence, it may also lead to dry eyes. Make sure to get your eyes checked as soon as you notice any symptom. Reach out to the Visual Aids Center to avail the most suitable treatment for your eyes.   

19. I am suffering from overly watery eyes. Is it dry-eyes?

 

A weepy eye is a major sign of dry eye syndrome. So, when our eyes don’t have proper lubrication. Then, they wash away from eyes like water. This keeps our eyes flooding more tears and drying out. Thus, you must see an optometrist. Visit Visual Aids Center and get your eyes checked by our specialists.

20. Is dry eye a dangerous condition?

Well, it may be an emergency condition in the short-term. But, in the long-term it is more likely to become a chronic disease. Because your corneas are exposed to possible damage. And, you can get affected by severe infections and vision loss in future. This also makes it hard to do your daily activities, like reading, driving, etc. And, it is essential to protect the surface of your eyes from infection. So, you should not let your eyes dry for a long time. And, see a doctor instantly after spotting any signs.

21. Who is more prone to have dry eyes?

Some studies show that people who excessively use computers are more likely to suffer from dry-eyes. Also, there are some other factors. Like genetics, diet, sleep, medications, and other health issues.

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