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Dry eye causes a significant decrease in quality of life for some.  Some of you won’t have to imagine the irritation that comes on each blink, the constant stress of being constantly aware of the comfort in your eyes.  Dry eye is increasing as the baby boomers age, and fortunately treatment options are as well.

Treatments will vary depending on the type of dry eye you suffer from.  Unfortunately, many doctors just throw over-the-counter eyedrops at your problem and throw their hands up.  Dry eye is a multifactorial disease with specific treatment recommendations depending on the type of dry eye you suffer from.

dry eye lipiflow rubbing eye drops deficient Aqueous deficient dry eye, the second most common type of dry eye, occurs when there is not enough available moisture in the eye.  The moisture component of the tear film is secreted by the lacrimal gland which, mostly through inflammation, can shut down some or all of it’s function over time.  The treatment for aqueous deficient dry eye is eye drops for comfort, and the medication Restasis.  Restasis has been proven to restore the function of the lacrimal gland in a large percentage of patients.  It is your best bet for treating this type of dry eye.  Punctal occlusion may also be recommended.  While restasis attempts to restore available tears, Punctal occlusion blocks the drainage channel, keeping whatever available tears around longer to nourish the surface of the eye.  Lacrisert is another technology – a small dissolvable device is inserted under the lower eyelid which slowly “melts”, providing moisture to the eye surface.

Lipid deficient dry eye occurs when the layer on top of the moisture layer of the tears is unhealthy or diminished, enabling the available tears to evaporate before they have a chance to help with eye comfort.  Lipids in the tears are produced by the meibomian glands in the eyelids, secreted onto the margins of the eyelids and spread across the tear film upon blinking.  Historically, treatment for this type of dry eye was repeated application of warm, moist compresses, massage of the eyelids to express the glands like you would a pimple, treatment to “melt” the lipids using doxycycline and in some cases azithromycin has been used in this manner.  Recently, a breakthrough in treatment in Lipid deficient dry eye can help people feel more comfortable without the need for repetitive treatments.  LipiFlow, an FDA approved device, delivers warmth and expresses the clogged meibomian glands painlessly and efficiently in a 12 minute procedure.  The results can last as long as 2 years and treatment not only adds much to a sufferers quality of life, but enables them not to have to worry about complying with repetitive treatment recommendations which can be annoying and expensive, not to mention inefficient in their ability to deliver results.

Serving suburban Washington, DC for over 45 years, our award winning eye doctors offer the latest technologies for relief of dry eye syndrome. Our mission – to deliver your desired comfort outcome with minimal need for repetitive eye drop instillation or warm compresses.   Shady Grove Eye and Vision Care in Rockville, MD was first to bring Lipiflow™ * technology, a FDA approved long-term respite to dry eye discomfort to the Washington, DC area.   Lipiflow, in most cases, restores eye comfort and eliminates the need to instill eye drops for up to one year and often more.  If you suffer from dry eyes brought on by LASIK, contact lenses, aging, hormonal changes, are unsure of your dry eye causes call (301) 670-1212.  For more information, visit youreyesite.com and subscribe to our feeds on facebookGoogle +twitterQuora and YouTube.   If you appreciate the information we provide please click the “+1” button below or on any of our feeds to share our content around the internet so others may benefit.

*Lipiflow™ is a registered trademark of TearScience

About the Author: Dr. Alan Glazier is founder and CEO of Shady Grove Eye and Vision Care, Optometrists, Ophthalmologists and Opticians serving the Rockville, Potomac, Gaithersburg, Germantown and Bethesda suburbs of Washington, DC. Dr. Glazier is a graduate of the University of Maryland and The New England College of Optometry. Dr.Glazier is inventor on 4 issued and 9 pending patents in ophthalmology and computer science. He is founder and CEO of Vision Solutions Technologies, a company formed to forward his invention LiquiLens which restores reading vision to people blinded from macular degeneration. Dr. Glazier is a sought-after industry lecturer and consultant, author of two books and professional blogger. Dr. Glazier is founder of “ODs on facebook”, the industries largest and most active social media group and founder of the Networked Eye Care Alliance, consisting of networks on Google + and LinkedIn as well representing thousands of members. In 2012, Dr. Glazier was selected as one of the most influential optometrists in the US by the VisionMonday organization.

Shady Grove Eye and Vision Care     

15200 Shady Grove Road    Rockville, MD    20850 

  (301) 670-1212

 

 

About the Author: Dr. Alan Glazier is founder and CEO of Shady Grove Eye and Vision Care, Optometrists, Ophthalmologists and Opticians serving the Rockville, Potomac, Gaithersburg, Germantown and Bethesda suburbs of Washington, DC. Dr. Glazier is a graduate of the University of Maryland and The New England College of Optometry. Dr.Glazier is inventor on 4 issued and 9 pending patents in ophthalmology and computer science. He is founder and CEO of Vision Solutions Technologies, a company formed to forward his invention LiquiLens which restores reading vision to people blinded from macular degeneration. Dr. Glazier is a sought-after industry lecturer and consultant, author of two books and professional blogger. Dr. Glazier is founder of “ODs on facebook”, the industries largest and most active social media group and founder of the Networked Eye Care Alliance, consisting of In 2012, Dr. Glazier was selected as one of the most influential optometrists in the US by the VisionMonday organization.

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