The most common cause of Dry Eye is calledMeibomian Gland Dysfunction. The Meibomian glands are located in your eyelids. You have around 25 glands in each bottom eyelid and around 30 in each top lid. Their function is to secrete oils onto the surface of the eye, keeping tears from evaporating too quickly. Meibomian Gland Dysfunction is a blockage or abnormality of the glands so that they don't secrete enough oil into the tears. 2 This causes the tears to evaporate more rapidly leading to dry eye and blepharitis.
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The Tear Film is made up of 3 parts:
The Mucin Layer: the “sticky” foundation that acts as a barrier to the eye surface.
The Watery Aqueous Layer: the liquid part of tears, produced by the Lacrimal Glands.
The Oily Lipid Layer: the top layer that keeps the aqueous layer from evaporating, made by the Meibomian Glands. 1
Millions of People Suffer From
Dry Eye Disease
Yet in the majority of cases, dry eye cases go undiagnosed.
At Nova Eye Care, we understand the importance of understanding and treating Dry Eye Disease and its often debilitating symptoms.
The LipiFlow Thermal Pulsating System is a revolutionary way to treat Dry Eye caused by Meibomian Gland Dysfunction. LipiFlow is the only FDA cleared treatment using thermal pulsating heat to remove blockages in the meibomian glands. It uses applied controlled heat to the inner eyelid, and mild intermittent pressure releasing oils from the blocked Meibomian glands. It does this without damage to the glands or the delicate structures of the eye. The LipiFlow treats the upper and the lower eyelids simultaneously and treatment takes only 12 minutes. 4
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Foaming Lid Scrubs can help treat Blepharitis, a condition that goes hand-in-hand with Dry Eyes. Lid scrubs can help remove a buildup of excess bacteria and oil on the lash line, which can allow the oils to flow.
The LipiScan goes hand-in-hand with the LipiFlow. It is a dynamic Meibomian imaging device designed to make high-definition imaging available in-office. It allows our doctors to visualize the Meibomian glands in your eyelids to get a better idea of the health of your glands and potentially view any blockages. Both lower eyelids can be imaged in about a minute.
The LipiScan is now an essential part of every Annual Eye Exam done in our office!
Stabilize the Tear Film with Retaine MGD and Retaine PM. Retaine MGD works with all three layers of the tear film. It replenishes the lipid layer and reduces tear evaporation, adds moisture to the aqueous layer, and lubricates and protects the mucin layer. Retaine PM is designed to keep eyes lubricated and comfortable while you sleep.
Punctal Plugs are tiny plugs that are placed in your tear ducts to help reserve the tears your produce. Punctal Plugs come in two basic types. Collagen plugs dissolve after about a week and are used for temporary relief and to determine if Plugs are the right course of treatment. Semi-Permanent plugs are typically made of a long-lasting material such as silicone and are used for long-term relief. Click here to learn more about Punctal Plugs!
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DRY EYE DISEASE
Improve Oil Gland function with the OcuSci Dry Eye Compress, a microwavable eye mask that is clinically proven to treat Dry Eye. The mask slows tear evaporation and stabilizes the tear film, as well as improves oil gland function. It is reusable, adjustable, and can be washed.
At Nova Eye Care, We Offer a Variety of Dry Eye Treatments