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Dry eyes are a common occurrence, but some cases are associated with a condition called Meibomian Gland Disease, or MGD. This condition can cause you to experience dry eyes on a regular basis rather than on a short-term one. There are different ways to treat this condition if it is causing discomfort and other symptoms.
At the Eye Institute of Wyoming, P.C., we offer LipiFlow treatment to relieve dry eyes that are linked to MGD. This form of treatment involves using a medical device to deliver heat to the affected area without harming it. This is a safe and effective type of treatment for stimulating oil secretion and breaking up debris that blocks the oil glands. LipiFlow is the only device with FDA clearance for the treatment of MGD that has proven to be effective at restoring normal function in meibomian glands. The device is a single-use one that is kept sterile in order to ensure patient safety. LipiFlow uses Vectored Thermal Pulse technology to deliver maximum results while also keeping patients comfortable.
Treatment sessions with LipiFlow only take about 12 minutes to do, which provides patients with a convenient form of relief for dry eyes. These sessions help remove blockages in the glands to lower the risk of having complications occur and to stop dry eyes and other symptoms of MGD from becoming worse. When MGD is not treated, it can end up affecting the ability to see clearly by causing blurred vision.
LipiFlow provides a highly effective form of relief for severe dry eyes associated with MGD. For additional relief or for milder cases, there are other types of treatments available. Patients can apply warm compresses to their eyelids in order to promote oil secretion. These compresses also help clear away crust and other debris from the eyelids. Massaging the eyelids with slight pressure while applying warm compresses can also help ease dry eyes and irritation. Some patients might also benefit from using over-the-counter cleaning solutions and other products that are designed to get rid of debris that has built up along the lash lines. Patients can also discuss making certain lifestyle adjustments that might help relieve dry eyes caused by MGD. These include eating more foods with omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon and flaxseed, and protecting the eyes with sunglasses outdoors to keep dust and other debris from creating, even more, irritation.
If you have dry eyes related to MGD, please contact the Eye Institute of Wyoming, P.C. for an appointment with our optometrist at (307) 235-5384. We offer dry eye treatment in Casper and Douglas for those with this eye condition. Our eye doctor will evaluate your eyes and recommend an effective course of treatment for dry eyes and other symptoms that cause discomfort and affect vision.
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