Dry Eye

Dry eye is one of the most common eye problems that affect millions of Americans every single day. Dry eye syndrome occurs when your glands cannot produce enough tears in order to adequately lubricate and support your eyes. For many people, this is a chronic condition that happens because of lack of sufficient lubrication and moisture on the surface of the eye. It is not only irritating and uncomfortable, but it can make the surface of the eyes inflamed and irritated, causing them to appear red. For some, dry eye syndrome is not curable, but can be managed with prescription eye drops, punctal plugs, or lubricating drops.

Diagnosing and Treating Dry Eye Syndrome

At First Eye Care McKinney, we use the LipiScan Dynamic Meibomian Imager, the first dedicated HD gland imager for dry eye syndrome. It works by allowing us to capture Meibomian gland images quickly and intuitively. This device is used during the initial clinical exam and enables your eye care specialist to view the health of your Meibomian glands with the utmost accuracy and precision. LipiScan is a small, lightweight device that makes for a very comfortable patient experience. If you have questions about the device or its uses, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. By using LipiScan to assess the structure of your glands, we can see what the exact cause of dry eye syndrome may be. At this point, your doctor will be able to prescribe the best treatment that will alleviate any symptoms you are experiencing as a result of dry eyes.

One of the main treatments we use for dry eye syndrome is LipiFlow, which is a thermal pulsation system designed to improve the overall function of the Meibomian glands. LipiFlow works by your doctor inserting eye drops to make sure the patient is comfortable, before anything else. The contoured eyepiece of LipiFlow is then placed over your cornea, protecting its structure and surface. LipiFlow then puts out therapeutic heat and pressure, using its many sensors to regulate the temperature and pressure pulses. This unique combination of massage and heat will remove any obstructions on the gland, relieving any symptoms you may have because of dry eye syndrome. This is a very quick and efficient treatment, lasting less than 15 minutes.

Schedule an Appointment Today

Even though dry eye syndrome is a common affliction, diagnosing the underlying cause isn’t always as straightforward. It can be difficult to know the exact cause, which is where First Eye Care and LipiScan come in. At First Eye Care, we are dedicated to educating our patients about proper eye health and common conditions that may impact this. We understand that each individual is different and may experience various symptoms over the course of their life. If you are suffering from dry eyes and are tired of living in discomfort, please contact First Eye Care McKinney today and schedule an appointment.