Our Dry Eye Clinic & Treatments
We are delighted to announce the expansion of our Dry Eye Center at Village Eyecare, with new technology to treat Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD) and Dry Eye Disease. We are equipped with the latest in diagnostic equipment that aids in determining the cause of the dryness which allows for a more effective treatment plan.
Dry Eye Disease treatment may include:
- Artificial tears
- Warm Compresses
- Eyelid and eyelash hygiene products
- Prescription strength eye drops like Xiidra, Cequa, Restasis, or steroids
- Tyrvaya nasal spray
- Omega 3 or GLA Supplements
- Scleral Lenses
In-office Dry Eye Disease treatments include:
- Punctal Plugs (tear drainage occlusion)
- Thermal 1 Touch
- NEW! BlephEx Treatment
- NEW! Lipiflow Thermal Pulsation Treatment
- NEW! TearCare Thermal Expression Device
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How do I know that I have Dry Eye?
A: There are many symptoms that you may experience if you have Dry Eyes. Some of them are dryness, scratchiness, grittiness, sandiness, watering, blurriness,
Q: Why do we experience Dry Eye?
A: Dry Eye is a symptom arising from a larger issue. There are a number of reasons you could have Dry Eyes. They include: your eyes are not producing enough lipid, liquid, or inflammation.
Q: But my eyes don’t feel dry…
A: You don’t necessarily need to feel like your eyes are “dry” to have Dry Eyes, or MGD. Other symptoms include feeling scratchiness, grittiness, sandiness, watering, blurriness, etc.
Q: What is the cost for the Thermal 1-Touch treatment?
A: The cost for the Thermal 1-Touch treatment is $250. This package includes an at-home 1 month Dry Eye Care Kit, which includes the following: Dry Eye Mask, Retaine OM3, Retaine MGD, and a 30-day supply of Ocusoft Lid Scrub Plus Pads.
Q: What are the risk factors to having Dry Eye?
A: Some of the risk factors to having Dry Eye are: high usage of digital screens, autoimmune diseases, diabetes,
Q: Isn’t using Visine or other OTC eye drops enough?
A: Visine, and other OTC eye drops like them, are not a good option to treat dry eyes. These types of eye drops are a tool used to MASK dry eye symptoms, but not to treat. In fact, Visine products can create a rebound effect causing further redness and dryness. We now have better tools to identify the underlying cause and how we can treat it.
Q: What if I don’t treat my Dry Eye? Will it get worse?
A: Dry eye is a chronic, progressive disease that affects the surface of the eye. Without treatments, the symptoms may ebb and flow, but there is likely progressive damage occurring to the front surface of your eye. If left untreated, dry eyes can become dangerous. Excessive dryness can scar the cornea, impairing vision and damaging the tissues. Significant dryness can lead to greater chance of infection, breakdown of the corneal barriers and perforation of the cornea.
If you feel like you have exhausted all options when it comes to treating your Dry Eye or MGD, contact us to schedule a Dry Eye Evaluation to discuss our newest and most advanced Dry Eye treatments, including Thermal 1 Touch and TearCare.