Dry eye is one of the most common eye conditions present in the aging population. It is also one of the most common conditions treated at Eye Specialists of Texas.
Many patients who suffer from dry eye experience physical symptoms such as burning, stinging, gritty/sandy feeling, foreign body sensation, itching, or outright dry feeling. However, many others lack these physical symptoms and experience dryness in the form of vision fluctuation and blurriness. It is common for these dry eye patients to report clarity of vision that disappears after reading or using electronics, or vision that changes with blinking.
Dry eyes can be caused by environmental or dietary factors, autoimmune and other medical conditions, medications that dry the skin or sinuses, eye and lid surgeries, altered eyelid hygiene, and aging, to name a few.
There are many available treatments for dry eye, and each patient has unique personal details and eye health factors that affect the candidacy or necessity for each level of treatment. Common treatments include:
Artificial tear lubricants
Topical anti-inflammatory drops (including Restasis, Xiidra, Cequa)
Punctal plugs and cautery
Specialty contact lenses
Schedule an evaluation to determine which treatments might work for you.
*Meibo thermoflow treatment:
The "Meibo" heat treatment is an in-office therapy that applies comfortable heat and gentle pressure to the meibomian glands of the eyelids to express the lipid component of the tears.
The natural tear film has 3 important layers. The base layer is mucosal, the middle layer is aqueous, and the most superficial layer is oil- (or lipid-) based. The meibomian glands in the eyelids are essential for producing the "oil" layer of the natural tear film, which keeps the aqueous, or watery, layer of the tears from evaporating too quickly.
In patients who experience excessive tear evaporation or have inflammation in the meibomian glands, the Meibo Thermoflow treatment can help soften and safely release the oils into the tears, nourishing the ocular surface and maintaining a healthy tear film. This can be especially helpful in patients with Rosacea, and our in-office treatment can be supplemented by warm compresses at home.
Our doctors can determine if you are a good candidate for the Meibo thermoflow treatment.
As with all ocular conditions, each patient's eyes, vision, treatment options, and needs may be different. The best way to determine your individual condition and options is by booking an evaluation with one of our doctors! Contact us.