Personalized Long-Term Relief for Dry Eyes
What is Dry Eye?
Dry eye syndrome has many causes and symptoms, which is why it’s often underdiagnosed despite being one of the most common eye conditions. The disease is caused by either low-quality or a low production of tears, resulting in difficulty keeping your eyes wet and comfortable. Meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) is a common cause of dry eye disease and occurs when your meibomian glands become clogged and cannot express enough oil into your tears. We have various treatment options that we can use to treat MGD and other forms of dry eye, and we’ll learn all about your condition to find the right one for you.
Advanced Dry Eye Diagnostics
At VisionQuest, we’re committed to providing you with accurate diagnoses using the latest technology. When it comes to treating dry eye, technology plays a crucial role in ensuring long-term relief, as the success of your treatment depends on identifying the root cause of your condition. We’ll use cutting-edge tools such as Lipiscan®, corneal topography, and keratography to pinpoint your specific cause and tailor our solutions accordingly, helping you reduce and eliminate your symptoms.
Personalized Dry Eye Treatments
By learning about and factoring in your lifestyle, our dry eye doctors will help you manage your condition with a personalized treatment plan and lifestyle recommendations. Depending on the cause and severity of your dry eye, we might offer one of the following solutions:
LipiFlow® is an FDA-Approved treatment for meibomian gland dysfunction. By applying heat and massaging the inside of your eyelids, this safe and effective tool can unclog your meibomian glands and restore the healthy production of oils in your eyes.
Marco Equinox Low-Level Light Therapy (LLLT)
Marco Equinox Low-Level Light Therapy is another dry eye treatment for patients with MGD. Using LED lights to unclog your meibomian glands, this quick and painless procedure gently warms your eyelids to release the natural flow of oils.
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)
Since MGD causes 80% of dry eye cases, VisionQuest also offers intense pulsed light as a solution. This painless, in-office treatment sends gentle pulses of light to thick secretions on your eyelids to loosen the buildup of oil in your glands and unclog them to promote an enhanced flow.
For more mild dry eye cases, supplements can be an easy solution to relieving your symptoms or increasing the effectiveness of other treatments like eye drops. At VisionQuest, we may recommend Physician Recommended Nutraceuticals® (PRN) or Retaine supplements for support.
When your real tears aren’t functioning properly, using artificial tears may be the solution. Our friendly doctors often recommend over-the-counter eye drops like Retaine MGD, but we may prescribe medications in more severe or unique cases.
Specialty Contact Lenses
Specialty contacts like scleral and RGP lenses are great alternatives to glasses and traditional contacts and can also help with dry eye symptoms. In addition to keeping your eyes hydrated, specialty lenses protect your cornea from external irritants.
Dry Eye Symptoms
If you experience one or more of the following symptoms, you may have dry eye disease:
- Dryness or excessive watering
- Burning and stinging
- Gritty sensations
- Blurry vision
- Light sensitivity
- Eye fatigue
Dry Eye Causes
The key to getting long-lasting relief for your dry eye is pinpointing its root cause. Since there are many types of dry eye disease, our specialists will look for different causes, including:
- Meibomian gland dysfunction
- Health issues like lupus, diabetes, Graves’ disease, and rheumatoid arthritis
- Certain medications
- Frequent digital screen usage
- Poor blinking habits
- Contact lenses
- Dry environments
Our Dry Eye Specialists
Dr. Terry N. Null and our dry eye team are highly skilled and trained in treating the different types of dry eye disease. Using state-of-the-art technology, we can detect the earliest indications of dry eye and pinpoint the underlying problem. Using what we know about your condition and unique needs, we’ll personalize your eye care and treatment plan to provide maximum relief and comfort.
Long-Term Dry Eye Relief Begins with VisionQuest
While home remedies and quick fixes can temporarily relieve dry eyes, addressing the root cause is essential for long-term relief. At VisionQuest Eyecare, our advanced technology allows us to diagnose and tailor your treatment to your specific needs and condition. For dry eye, we offer a variety of solutions to ensure you receive the highest quality care and comfort during your visit, as well as results that will improve your quality of life. Visit our Greenwood or Fishers location today to start your journey toward lasting relief from dry eyes!