Dry Eye Specialists in Burlington
Our optometrist specializes in diagnosing and treating chronic dry eye syndrome. We will assess your condition to determine the cause of your dry eyes and then find the best solution to relieve your symptoms and restore comfort to your precious eyes.
How are Dry Eyes and MGD Treated?
Up until now, the only options available have been lubricating or steroidal eye drops, punctal plugs, warm compresses, and even manual expression of the meibomian glands.
However, these Treatments are Usually NOT Particularly Effective!
Hot compresses and lubricating eye drops are relatively ineffective. Manual expression can be very painful and is usually only partially effective.
Chronic Dry Eye Syndrome is more than just dry eyes.
It is a condition that can include many symptoms that cause discomfort, impair vision and limit your ability to go about your daily life including:
- Watery Eyes
- Light Sensitivity
- Feeling Like Something is in your Eye
- Sandy or Gritty Feeling
- Blurred Vision
- Difficulty Seeing at Night
- Discomfort Wearing Contact Lenses
What is MGD?
MGD stands for Meibomian Gland Dysfunction, and it’s responsible for the majority of dry eyes cases out there. The meibomian glands are responsible for producing lipids, the oils necessary for maintaining the necessary amount of lubrication for your eyes. When these glands are blocked, malfunctioning, or dying off, severe dry eyes can set in.
LipiFlow is a revolution in the treatment of Dry Eyes, and is proven to be significantly more effective than any other treatment for dry eyes available.
Of all the various causes of dry eyes, Meibomian Gland Dysfunction or MGD is by far the most common cause and often mistreated. While only 14% of dry eyes are aqueous in nature that can be treated with medicated drops, roughly 86% of dry eyes are evaporative dry eye cases that necessitate a completely different form of treatment.
Did you know that if a tear evaporates under 9 seconds that’s an indication of a gland dysfunction and evaporative dry eye?
Evaporative Dry Eye
Any blockage or abnormality of the meibomian glands reduces the production of oil into one’s tears, which then causes tears to evaporate quickly or evaporative dry eye. In such a case, a hot compress might be a nice complement to soothe dry eye symptoms, but the outer cartilage around the eye diffuses the benefits of the heat, resulting in only temporary relief. To truly treat the actual glands on the inner eyelid, the preferred treatment is LipiFlow.
1 treatment of LipiFlow every 9-12 months is more effective than using a hot compress twice daily for the same period.
LipiFlow is Accurate & Effective.
Our dry eye experts can determine your candidacy through simple diagnostic testing. Our LipiFlow system incorporates a LipiScan to map out your glands, and the Medmont Tear Film Analyzer tests the evaporation rate of your tears. Based on the results of the test, our eye doctors can determine the proper course of treatment for your eyes removing the guesswork and immediately addressing the source of your dry eyes.
Who is a good candidate for LipiFlow
- No contraindications such as conjunctivitis or herpes
- Anyone with excess of 30% gland loss