Dry Eye Treatment
Dry eye caused by insufficient tear production or tears that evaporate too quickly in your eye is a medical condition that requires treatment by a dry eye specialist. Before effective treatment can be administered, our doctors must identify the root cause of your dry eye:
- Aqueous dry eye: Insufficient production of tears
- Evaporative dry eye: Quick evaporation of tears
Our treatment options include:
- LipiFlow® Thermal Pulsation Treatment for removing gland blockages and restoring gland function
- BlephEx™ to treat eyelid inflammation (blepharitis)
- Cliradex® for ocular hygiene and to manage symptoms associated with Demodex, blepharitis and meibomian gland dysfunction
LipiView II® Testing
The first step is to use LipiView to take extremely detailed images of your eye’s tear film. The tear film can be clearly seen as an array of colors that are reflected when a light source is directed toward the front surface of the eye. Readings are instantly calculated and displayed on the LipiView monitor. LipiView also measures your blink rate. In particular, it will record whether or not you are partially blinking which can indicate meibomian gland dysfunction.
This in-office procedure is non-invasive and takes less than 5 minutes.
LipiFlow® Thermal Pulsation Treatment for Evaporative Dry Eye
The LipiFlow Thermal Pulsation System by TearScience is the only FDA approved procedure for treating meibomian gland dysfunction. Lipiflow can provide long term relief with each treatment. Carolinas Centers for Sight, P.C. is pleased to offer the LipiFlow Thermal Pulsation System by TearScience®.
The process works by applying a combination of directed heat and pressure therapy to unblock meibomian glands and allow your body to resume its natural production of tear film oil. A disposable LipiFlow® Activator eyepiece is inserted under your lower and upper eyelids and is shaped to prevent contact with your cornea. Once in place, you simply recline in the treatment chair and experience the 12-minute procedure.
- A clinical study shows about 79% of patients reported an improvement in overall dry eye symptoms after a single LipiFlow treatment. If your symptoms return, you may need to repeat the treatment periodically.
- In a clinical study, 80% of patients noted awareness of pressure without discomfort or pain during the LipiFlow treatment.
If your dry eye symptoms are caused by eye inflammation due to blepharitis, our doctors may recommend a BlephEx treatment. This is an in-office treatment that involves the use of a special tool to spin a micro-sponge along your eyelids and eyelashes to cleanse the eyelids and remove debris. The treatment takes less than 10 minutes to perform and is a pleasant sensation on the eyelids.
BlephEx has been proven to reduce bacterial count and theoretically reduce the risk of infection after procedures such as cataract surgery.
Cliradex is a preservative-free and all-natural solution to promote ocular hygiene. The product is used daily to cleanse your eyelids and eyelashes. The wipes can destroy demodex mites that live near your eyelashes and cause dry eye. Based on an organic component found in tea tree oil, Cliradex feels cool, refreshing and slightly tingling with each use.
If you are experiencing eye irritation, take our free online Dry Eye Self-Evaluation now to find out if your symptoms might be a sign of dry eye syndrome. Then contact Carolinas Centers for Sight, P.C. in Florence, South Carolina, at (843) 664-9393, to schedule a dry eye consultation.