There are several options for treatment of dry eyes. These range from healthy supplements and dietary changes to prescription medications. Another option for patients with dry eyes or blepharitis is a new in-office procedures that allows us to take an active role in the preventing the risk of dry eye and blepharitis, as a part of a healthy lifestyle.
The following is a summary of some of the recommended dry eye treatments in our office.
Warm Compresses is a long traditional home remedy to improve circulation and unclog swollen glands in the eyelids. Our doctors recommend the use of BRUDER Moist Heat Eye Compress that is easy-to-use and delivers an effective moist heat treatment. Simply microwave for 20-25 seconds and apply for 10 minutes to the closed eyes twice daily. The warm compress helps stabilize the tear film, improves oil gland function and slows tear evaporation. Properly hydrated and lubricated eyes can expel bacteria and debris more efficiently so your eyes will feel refreshed and rejuvenated.
If you don’t have the mask, you may use a clean washcloth heated in tolerably warm water from the sink or shower and apply on top of your closed eyes. Apply at least twice daily and for about 10-15 minutes every time.
Blephex Deep eye Cleaning
Quality Eye Care Clinic is proud to offer BlephEx technology to treat Blepharitis. The BlephEx tool works by spinning a medical grade micro-sponge along the eyelid surface, eliminating scruff, bacterial debris, and the biofilm that builds up along the lid and base of the eyelashes, removing bacteria and destroying the environment it thrives in. Very similar to how a dentist removes plaque and tartar to prevent gingivitis, your eye doctor can now use BlephEx to remove the lid’s biofilm to prevent and treat blepharitis. With regular treatments, and intermittent at home maintenance, we finally have the ability to treat a previously unsuccessfully treated disease
LipiFlow® is a treatment device specifically designed for effectively removing blockages from the Meibomian glands, allowing them to properly function and produce the oils that make up the top protective lipid layer of the tear film. The LipiFlow is the only safe, effective clinical cleared procedure for Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD). It is a painless procedure that not a pill, drop or drug can cure. It is an in-office 12-minute treatment where heat is applied directly to the Meibomian glands on the upper and lower lids, only 10 degrees warmer than your normal body temperature. The heat effectively melts the keratinized obstruction and most patients describe as a gently massaging of the eye lids.
- The FDA results show patients had 3x gland function improvement after a single 12-minute LipiFlow procedure.
- 90% of patients had significant symptom improvement at their 1st 8 week follow up appointment. On average their symptoms were cut in half.
- Depending on the degree of severity & other contributing factors related to the causes of MGD, patients have had positive treatment efficacy lasting from 12 to 36 months out with one treatment.
PROKERA Amniotic Membrane
PROKERA is a biologic corneal bandage device made from safe and effective amniotic membrane tissue which has natural anti-inflammatory and anti-scarring properties that help damaged eye surfaces heal. PROKERA products promote faster and more effective healing of the cornea with less inflammation and scarring, leading to improved clinical outcomes with better vision. It is the only FDA cleared therapeutic device used by eye doctors to helps restore your cornea and return your eye to a normal, healthy state. PROKERA is used to heal many ocular conditions, especially keratitis where the cornea is irritated and inflamed. Patients with keratitis suffer from severe dry eyes.
The PROKERA lens is inserted by the eye doctor to sit on the eye, and for optimal healing, it is important that you complete the PROKERA treatment period of 3-5 days. Your eye doctor may use tape to partially close your eyelid after PROKERA is inserted.