What is Dry eye?
Dry Eye Syndrome is a disorder of the eye’s tear film that causes decreased tear and moisture production. Your eyes may not be producing enough tears, or they may not be producing high-quality tears.
There are two types of dry eye:
- Evaporative Dry Eye.
This is the most common type of dry eye that is caused by blockage to the eyelid glands (meibomian glands). This blockage leads to a shortage of oil on the surface of the tears and quicker-than-normal tear evaporation.
- Aqueous Dry Eye.
This type of dry eye occurs when the lacrimal glands do not produce enough tears.
Symptoms of Dry Eye
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LipiFlow® Thermal Pulsation System
If your dry eye is caused by evaporative dry eye, or a blocked eyelid gland also known as Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD) you may be a candidate for Lipiflow® at Pacific Eye Institute.
LipiFlow® is a proven, in-office, FDA cleared treatment that unblocks the meibomian glands and restores natural oil production in your eyes. This is a painless procedure in which your dry eye specialist will apply therapeutic heat and gentle massaging on your eyes to unblock the eyelid glands and stimulate the production of complex natural oils for your tear film.
Cost of Lipiflow®?
Some treatment options are not covered by insurance. Our team can discuss costs with you during your dye eye appointment. We also have financing options available.
Our doctors can determine if LipiFlow® is right for your eyes by using the non-invasive LipiView® Ocular Surface Interferometer to assess your tear film.
The LipiView® Evaluation will help us determine the thickness of the lipid layer in the eye with nanometer accuracy, it captures your eye’s blink dynamics and images the meibomian gland structure. This allows our dry eye specialists to formulate the optimal treatment path to manage and eliminate any patient’s dry eye symptoms.
Some treatment options are not covered by insurance. Our team can discuss costs with you during your dye eye appointment.
Reasons to Schedule a Dry Eye Evaluation
- Your eyes feel tired, irritated, burn, are red or if your eyes just bother you
- You have seen an eye doctor, but your eyes still aren’t feeling better
- You spend a great deal of time reading a hand-held device, computer, documents, books, watching TV or driving
- You would simply like to see and feel better!
At Pacific Eye Institute our goal is to diagnose and treat your dry eye early to help you feel better, see better and to keep your eyes from progressively getting worse. We want to keep your eyes healthy for the rest of your life!
Dry Eye Self-Evaluation
If you experience symptoms of dry eye, take our online dry eye self-evaluation for more information:
To learn more about dry eye treatments in the Inland Empire, contact Pacific Eye Institute today to schedule an eye exam.