- Overview of Dry Eye Disease
- Aqueous Deficient Dry Eyes
- Meibomian Gland Dysfunction
Like other chronic conditions, dry eye may affect you long before you experience noticeable symptoms. Our specialists pursue continued training and education so we can offer you the best care possible. Treatment is customized and often multi-faceted incorporating both clinical treatments and at-home care.
Horizon Eye Specialists is proud to offer our patients LipiFlow, the newest advancement in treating dry eyes. The LipiFlow Thermal Pulsation System is a leading-edge technology that is designed to open up the meibomian glands by application of heat and pressure to the eyelid. The heat and pressure provided by the device will allow the body to resume normal levels of oil secretion for healthy tear film.
In order to see if you are a candidate for this procedure, our eye doctors will diagnose your condition to find out if your dry eye condition is caused by evaporative dry eye. If our eye specialists conclude that you are a good candidate, they will then place the LipiFlow device on your eye and deliver heat and gentle pressure to the eyelids. This will result in melting of any blockage within the glands. The entire procedure is painless and will take approximately twelve minutes. There is no downtime or need for recovery after the LipiFlow treatment. Our patients often can feel the results immediately after the procedure with further improvements occur over the course of the next several months. LipiFlow is a safe procedure with minimal side effects. If you wish to learn more about this procedure, please contact one of our locations in Phoenix, Goodyear, and Arrowhead.
Artificial tears are one of the more popular treatments for dry eyes, but the results are not long lasting. Many artificial tears can be purchased over the counter at your local pharmacy or drugstore. If you have chronic dry eye, artificial tears need to be used even when your eyes feel wet. The artificial tears will keep your eyes lubricated and prevent dryness. Consult with our eye specialists as to which artificial tears can help alleviate the dryness in your eyes.
Medicated eye drops such as Restasis and steroid drops can be used to reduce acute or chronic ocular inflammation to promote tear production.
Doxycycline is an antibiotic than can be used to treat meibomian gland dysfunction and blepharitis which is particularly effective in patients with rosacea.
Punctal plugs or cautery may be used to close the opening in your eye that allows tear drainage. Plugs can be placed for temporary or permanent relief and work by keeping the tears you have on your eyes.
Some patients benefit from wearing hydrating goggles while sleeping or during the day. This is particularly helpful for patients who have night-time dryness.
Fish Oil/Omega 3 supplements
Omega 3 supplements may be recommended as a part of your treatment plan to help combat dry eyes.
Hot Compresses and Lid Scrubs
Using hot compresses can help stimulate the meibomian and lacrimal glands in the eye in order to increase the production of tears. Lid scrubs aid in cleansing the lid surface helping to keep the meibomian glands free of debris and less likely to clog. These treatments are often used long-term once you have had Lipiflow or other procedures.