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Posted on 05-31-2017
Dry eyes have become one of the most common eye problems in the United States. It occurs when the eyes do not produce enough tears or when the tears are not of the right consistency to lubricate the eye properly. A number of situations can cause dry eyes problems, such as the use of certain medications, having certain medical conditions or working in certain environments. Studies indicate the underlying cause in a majority of cases is meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD), which prevents sufficient lubricating oils from mixing with the natural tears.
A doctor of optometry can advise you on a number of measures to relieve the scratchy feeling, redness, blurriness, night vision problems and watery eyes associated with dry eye problems. Drops inserted into the eyes can help with corneal inflammation. Medications can help to increase the production of tears. A special solution of drops can also help with dry eye symptoms. Removable punctual plugs are available that can help to keep tears on the surface of the eyes. A new therapy is available that uses thermal pulsation that opens clogged oil glands, typical of MGD, to improve moisture in the eyes. This is called Lipiflow.
The LipiFlow system offers a new method of treating problems of dry eyes caused by meibomian gland deficiency. The LipiFlow Thermal Pulsation System applies comfortable, consistent heat to eyelids, along with gentle pulsation to massage away blockages in the gland. The activator device is inserted under the upper and lower eyelids. It is specifically designed to prevent contact with the cornea of the eye. The patient simply reclines in the treatment chair for the procedure, which takes about 12 minutes. Studies have found that 79 percent of individuals who receive the treatments experienced improved gland function within 4 weeks.
At Complete Eye Care of Medina, we provide superior care for your eyes, with attention to each patient’s unique needs. We offer a range of eye care services that include eye exams, eyeglass fittings, contact lens fitting, diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases, co-management for eye surgery procedures and dry eye treatment. We serve patients in Medina, the Plymouth area, and the Maple Grove area. Call Complete Eye Care of Medina today at 763-225-3859 for an appointment with an eye doctor to discuss whether LipiFlow technology can provide a solution for your dry eyes.
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