DRY EYES

ABOUT TEARS


The human eye is lubricated by two kinds of tears produced by glands in the upper and lower eyelid


CONSTANT TEARS are continuously formed to lubricate the eye and contain natural antibiotics to help fight infections. When constant tears flow is reduced, there is irritation that can cause excessive reflex tearing “watery eyes. These excess tears lack the oil needed to keep from evaporating and do not lubricate the eye.


REFLEX TEARS are produced only in response to irritation, injury or emotion. They help rinse the surface of the eye. A balance is necessary between the two types of tears to ensure that your eyes are comfortable and protected. A lack of tears , improper lubrication, or tears draining too quickly from the eye result in a condition known as Dry Eye. Dry Eyes is a common problem that is easily diagnosed.


SYMPTOMS & CAUSES OF DRY EYES


Symptoms of dry eyes can include redness, dryness, burning, grittiness, excessive tearing, tired eyes, blurry vision, and sensitivity to light. Patients with dry eyes can feel a debilitating and difficult to function on a daily basis. Dry eyes can be exaggerated if you use computer for more than 2 hrs a day.


Some Causes of Dry Eyes


Dry eyes are more pronounced in persons who have reduced blink frequency, such as persons who do detailed technical work or those who work at a computer. Exposure to various environments can reduce eye lubrication. Dry eye is sometimes worsened by contact lens wear, since contact lenses increases tear evaporation that increases protein deposits, infection and pain. Also certain medications may reduce tear secretion as side effects. Sjogren’s syndrome is an autoimmune disease accompanied by dry mouth and dry eyes. Another effect of dry eyes is from post-surgery which can disrupt the production of tears .


TREATMENT


Tears can be replaced by using eye drops , non preservative artificial tears. They replace the moisture that is missing and lubricate the eyes. Do not use preservative tears since that is the culprit in damaging the top layer of the cornea leading to disruption of the tear film. Studies have shown preservative0free tears are safe to use in dry eye patients needing frequent dosage through out the day. Another option to dry eye treatment is tear duct clsure which allows you to retain your own natural tears.

TEAR DUCT CLOSURE


Temporary closure of the tear duct (punctal canal) is accomplished by inserting a tiny PUNCTUM PLUG to prevent tear drainage. This allows your tears to bathe your eye for a longer perior of time, reducing the burning irritating dry eye syndrome. Relief from the discomfort of dry eyes may take 1-2 weeks while some feel an immediate relief. Non preservative artificial tears may be used in conjunction with punctal plugs for maximum relief.

MIBOFLO THERMAL TREATMENT

Great news! Dr. Laura Ha O.D., has done it again by introducing another "first!" As you know, Dr. Ha has been introducing the latest and greatest in eye care every year . We are proud to be one of the first eye care centers in California to introduce MiBoFlo thermoelectric technology for the treatment of dry eye. The revolutionary 10 minute per eye treatment relieves your dry eye symptoms. The treatment is painless, comfortable, and feels like a mini-spa on the eyes. Most patients require three 8-minute treatments per eye over a 1 month period to have lasting relief from dry eye.

 

If you suffer from any of the following conditions, you may be a good candidate for this treatment.
· Chronic Dry Eye
· Difficulty wearing contact lenses for long periods
· Dryness/Discomfort and irritation
· Grittiness or feeling of a foreign body in the eye
· Burning or stinging sensation
· Redness/Tearing/Discharge
· Tiredness/Itching
· Vision disturbance/Fluctuating Vision
· Sensitivity to light
· Eye fatigue from computer use
· Symptoms worsen later in the day
· Difficulty reading, using a computer and or driving

 

How does the MiBoFlo or "Meibomian Duct Therapy" treat MGD/Dry Eye?
The MiBoFlo Thermoflo® is a new therapeutic device for the treatment of dry eye by employing a proprietary thermoelectric heat pump designed to liquefy hardened oil secretions and improve meibomian glandular function. MiBO treatment keeps your tears from evaporating between blinks by allowing the oily component from the meibomian gland to cover the entire tear film.

 

Please call our clinic at 818-345-2010 and mention MIBOFLO Dry Eye Special and let us take care of your eyes.

FIND US

Eyecon Optometry

7217 Reseda Blvd.,

Reseda, CA 91335

Phone. 818-345-2010

Fax. 818-345-2070

Email. eyeconsee@gmail.com