Dry Eye Treatment

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At our clinic, we use a number of different technologies to determine whether you may be experiencing Dry Eye and to better understand your symptoms.

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What Is Dry Eye?

Dry Eye is a common disease affecting vision quality and eye comfort. Symptoms of Dry Eye can vary widely from patient to patient. People with Dry Eye may experience one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Dry, gritty, or itchy sensation
  • Stinging
  • Irritation
  • Light sensitivity
  • Visual fluctuation
  • Watery eyes

What Causes Dry Eye?

Dry eye can be influenced by a number of factors related to environment and health that determine tear quality.

Tears Have 3 Layers: a mucus layer, an aqueous (watery) layer and a lipid (oily) layer

How Do We Treat Dry Eye?

Each case of Dry Eye is unique. We consider the factors causing your dry eye as well as your tear quality to develop a custom dry eye treatment plan.

Management considerations for Dry Eye include artificial tears/lubricant drops which provide short-term relief of symptoms. Other options include prescription anti-inflammatory drops and in-office obstruction removal with medical devices like The TearCare® System.

OptiLight is an IPL, or intense pulsed light, treatment designed to improve the symptoms of dry eye disease and lipid deficiency dry eye. During treatment, the patient will wear protective eyewear as the treatment is delivered to the upper cheek area, under the eyes, and around the nose.

Treatment breaks up any blockages in glands and abnormal blood vessels causing inflammation. Each OptiLight session lasts 15 minutes making it brief enough to be squeezed into a busy day if needed.

TearCare is a procedure that involves the use of two flexible eyelid devices placed on the upper and lower eyelids by a doctor. These devices, made of a soft and flexible material, conform to the shape of the eye and allow for comfortable use during the procedure.

Unlike other treatments, TearCare allows the patient to keep their eyes open and blink during the procedure. The procedure typically takes 2 and a half minutes to complete at the Acworth Family Eyecare office. After the procedure, the eye doctor may manually remove any obstructions released from the meibomian glands.