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Millions Suffer From Dry Eyes

More than 16 million Americans live with dry eye syndrome, a chronic condition causing irritation and discomfort. This condition occurs due to a lack of sufficient lubrication and moisture in the eye. 

Dry eye syndrome may only be a slight nuisance for some people, but others may experience significant inflammation and other symptoms

If you have dry eyes, we can help. Many of our Center For Sight doctors have specialty training in severe dry eye and ocular surface disease.

The Center For Sight doctors are here to assist you with your dry eye needs. Dr. De Rojas, Dr. Soscia, and Dr. Mathews have specialty training in treating severe dry eye and ocular surface diseases.  Please request your appointment or contact us to book a consultation.

What Is Meibomian Gland Dysfunction? 

The meibomian glands line the margins of your eyelids, where they release an oily fluid that enhances your tear film and slows the evaporation of your tears. This oily fluid is essential for helping your tears keep the cornea lubricated for clear vision. 

When these glands become blocked or plugged, it is known as meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD). This condition causes your tears to evaporate more quickly due to the tear film lacking the oil needed to function at its best. Besides faster evaporation, greater friction occurs between the cornea and eyelids, leading to dry eye symptoms. 

MGD is a common cause of dry eyes, and restoring these glands to their optimal state can help improve your quality of life. 

Meibomian Gland Dysfunction Treatment

At Center For Sight, we offer the latest eye care treatments and technology to ensure you’re seeing your best. We have several treatment options available for adult patients with MGD, also known as evaporative dry eye.

iLux Treatment

iLux treatment helps warm and compress your eyelids, gently releasing blocked or plugged oil in the meibomian glands. After assessing the appropriate treatment zone, your doctor will place the iLux device and begin your procedure. The warm compression pads help painlessly express oil in under 15 minutes.

LipiFlow is a thermal pulsation system that improves meibomian gland function through gentle massage and heat. After receiving numbing eye drops and placing the device, LipiFlow applies therapeutic heat and pressure to remove gland obstructions.

Platelet-rich plasma drops (PRP) are used for severe dry
eye, ocular surface and corneal diseases. They require
special formulation with your own blood components.
Platelet drops are helpful for severe dry eye because
they contain several healing growth factors that are
helpful in tissue recovery.

PRP Handout

Additional Dry Eye Treatments

Besides MGD-focused treatments, Center For Sight offers a variety of dry eye syndrome treatments, including: 

Platelet-Rich Plasma Eye Drops

What are platelet-rich plasma drops?
Platelet-rich plasma drops (PRP) are used for severe dry eye, ocular surface and corneal diseases. They require special formulation with your own blood components. Platelet drops are helpful for severe dry eye because they contain several healing growth factors that are helpful in tissue recovery.

Who will benefit from PRP drops?

Your physician will determine if PRP drops may be helpful for you. Patients with severe dry eye, ocular surface and corneal diseases will benefit.

Around 20 milliliters of blood is drawn. Since you are not giving much blood, you should feel fine afterwards.

You do not need to fast in preparation for the draw. Please drink plenty of water starting 24 hours before your blood draw. Good hydration is helpful. Avoid
any NSAID (Aspirin, Motrin, Aleve) on the day of your appointment.

No, the drops are not covered by insurance. The drops provided should last you 2-3 months. Ask your provider about pricing.

Instructions may vary by patient. The common regimen is one drop in the affected eye 4x/day until told to stop.

 

One bottle of drops should be kept cold in the refrigerator at a time, while the remainder of bottles should be kept in the freezer until needed. A bottle can
be kept in the fridge for a maximum of 5-7 days and should be discarded after that time frame. Drops can be frozen for three months.

Because these drops are made from biological material and are preservative free, they could support bacterial growth. It is recommended that you carry drops in a cooler with ice or frozen gel packs if you are going to be out for more than an hour or are planning on being in hot temperatures.

We Can Help Relieve Your Dry Eye Symptoms

Dry eyes can significantly impact your quality of life, but our team has a variety of treatments to meet your needs. With help from one of our specialized doctors, we can relieve your dry eye symptoms. Book an appointment at Center For Sight to see how dry eye therapy can benefit you. 

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