Lipiflow Treatment at First Eye Care McKinney
Dry eye is a common disorder -- and an extremely irritating one which can affect your vision, comfort, and possibly even the long-term health of your eyes. In some cases, blocked oil glands in the eyelids can alter your tear film to cause dry eye. Fortunately, you can get safe, effective relief from this dysfunction thanks to the Lipiflow treatments offered here at First Eye Care McKinney.
The Relationship Between Blocked Oil Glands and Dry Eye
Dry eye occurs when the tear film that coats your eyes is either insufficient or unbalanced in its chemical makeup. If your eyes are chronically dry, you may experience a variety of disagreeable symptoms such as itchy eyes, a feeling that something is stuck in your eye, red eyes, blurred vision, and sensitivity to light. Over time, dry eye can even make your corneas more prone to disease, injury, and scarring.
Aging, medications, and underlying health problems can all reduce your tear production. Constant computer usage (which discourages normal blinking) and wind exposure have also been known to dry out the eyes. Oddly enough, you can produce plenty of eye moisture and still have dry eye. That's because the tear film includes water, mucous, and a layer of oil that keeps the water from evaporating. The oil is produced by the eyelids' meibomian glands. These glands can sometimes become clogged, making it impossible for them to contribute the necessary oil to your tears.
How Our Clinic Can Help
Our clinic can analyze your tear film and production to determine why you're suffering from dry eye. If your optometrist finds that blocked meibomian glands are the culprit, our Lipiflow service can get them working normally again. This safe, FDA-cleared technique uses a cup-like device called an Activator that combines warmth and massage to relieve meibomian gland blockages. The warmth liquifies the clog, while the massage dislodges it, restoring normal oil gland production for healthier, more comfortable eyes.
Is Lipiflow Right for You?
Lipiflow could be the solution to your dry eye dilemma -- as it is for the 86 percent of dry-eye sufferers who have meibomian gland dysfunction. But even if your dry eye is caused by some other issue than blocked meibomian glands, your optometrist at First Eye Care McKinney can prescribe the right course of treatment to help you overcome this irritating condition, from lifestyle adjustments and changes in your medical regimen to eye drops, artificial tears, and nutritional supplementation. Your best bet is to call our clinic today at (972) 540-2015 today and schedule an evaluation with any optometrist on our team!