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Our Dry Eye Solutions

Dry eye can be challenging to deal with, but you don’t have to face it alone. Dr. Bao and the rest of the team are committed to helping you overcome dry eye symptoms, such as blurry vision, watery eyes, and irritation caused by inflammation.

We understand that dry eye can bring with it discomfort and inconvenience. That’s why we offer various dry eye treatments and solutions to help you find relief. Our dry eye treatment methods include OptiLight by Lumenis, meibomian gland expression, punctal plugs, and more.

We want to address the underlying cause of your dry eyes, and our team will work with you to find the right treatment method.

Our technology plays a big role in our dry eye treatment services. Through OptiLight by Lumenis and detailed dry eye exams, we provide a full-scope dry eye care experience.

Our team is always looking to evolve and find new ways to help our patients through advancements in dry eye care. Contact us to schedule an appointment and get relief from dry eye today.

What Is Dry Eye?

Dry eye disease is a common eye condition that occurs when there is an issue with any one of the three components of your tears.
Your tears are made up of 3 distinct layers, all of which work together to keep your eyes healthy:

  • The oily layer prevents your tears from evaporating too quickly

  • The watery layer delivers nutrients to your eyes

  • he mucus layer keeps your tear film stuck to the surface of your eyes

What are the 2 Types of Dry Eye Disease?

There are two types of dry eye disease.

Evaporative Dry Eye (EDE)  EDE is the most common type of dry eye disease. This type of dry eye occurs when you lack the proper amount of oil in your tears. When this happens, your tears can evaporate too quickly, drying out your eyes. In some cases, EDE can be caused by meibomian gland dysfunction, a disorder where the meibomian glands in your eyes become blocked, limiting the amount of oil being produced for your tears.

Aqueous Tear Deficiency (ATD) 

If you suffer from ATD, your eyes lack the aqueous layer in your tears. This means that your eyes aren’t producing enough tears to keep the eye moist, which can lead to irritating anduncomfortable symptoms.


What are the Symptoms of Dry Eye Disease?

If you are suffering from dry eye disease, you may notice any of the following symptoms:

  • A burning or scratchy sensation in your eyes

  • Stringy mucus in or around your eyes

  • Irritated or overly-watery eyes

  • Sensitivity to light or photophobia

  • Eye redness, blurred vision, or eye fatigue

  • A sensation of having something in your eyes

  • Difficulty wearing contact lenses.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, book an appointment with your eye doctor to receive a dry eye disease diagnosis and get the treatment you need.


How to Accurately Diagnose Dry Eye?

Our office is proud to introduce the OCULUS Keratograph® 5M, an advanced corneal topographer essential for our leading-edge dry eye treatments. This sophisticated device offers unparalleled precision in diagnosing and managing dry eye syndrome, incorporating high-resolution imaging and real-time analysis to meticulously evaluate the ocular surface. With features like tear film break-up time, tear meniscus height measurement, and meibomian gland imaging, the Keratograph® 5M allows for a comprehensive assessment of dry eye conditions. Its integration into our practice enhances our ability to tailor treatments to each patient's specific needs, ensuring optimal outcomes and improved quality of life for those suffering from dry eye symptoms.

What Is OptiLight by Lumenis?

OptiLight by Lumenis is a safe, gentle, and effective treatment done to manage dry eye disease. This non-invasive procedure is the first and only FDA-approved intense pulsed light (IPL) treatment for dry eye management.

OptiLight uses pulses of light precisely administered in the area below the eyes to reduce dry eye symptoms. This 10-15 minute procedure can relieve dry eye symptoms by:

  • Increasing tear break-up time

  • Reducing the amount of demodex mites and bacteria around your eyes

  • Decreasing inflammation inflammation

  •  Improving meibomian gland functionality


What to Expect
If your eye doctor has recommended the OptiLight treatment, they will go over everything you can expect before, during, and after your appointment. 
Preparing for Your Appointment
To prepare for your appointment you should avoid:

  • Using skin brightening agents or serums for the week before your appointment

  • Using tanning beds 1 month prior to your appointment

  • Getting botox for at least 3 months before your appointment

  • Taking oral isotretinoin, tetracycline, or doxycycline in the 3 months prior to your appointment.

The OptiLight Treatment
This treatment is fast and simple, taking only 10–15 minutes. During your treatment your doctor will apply a cool gel on the treatment area and cover your eyes with shields to protect them.
As light is applied to the skin, you may experience a warm or a tapping sensation, but you shouldn’t feel any pain.

Post-Procedure Care
While side effects are uncommon, your eyes may feel slightly more dry or gritty for the day following your procedure. If you do experience dry eyes, you can use preservative-free artificial
tears. Following your treatment, your skin will be sensitive, so we recommend avoiding sun exposure and wearing sunscreen.

Find Relief Today
You don’t have to live with the uncomfortable symptoms of dry eye disease. With OptiLight by Lumenis, your symptoms can be managed effectively and efficiently, restoring your quality of life.

Our team is always here to help you find relief from dry eyes. Book an appointment today to see how OptiLight by Lumenis can help you!

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