Welcome to the Dry Eye Treatment Center at Eye Center South
Our doctors and staff are at the forefront of leading edge technology and treatment regimes for Dry Eye Syndrome.
Do you suffer from Dry Eye Syndrome?
Our comprehensive approach to dry eye relief is among the most proven in the ophthalmic industry. From the latest breakthroughs in LipiFlow Dry Eye Technology – to proven advances in vitamin therapy, artificial tears and punctal plugs – our Dry Eye Treatment Center is unsurpassed in our dedication to providing patients the soothing relief they deserve.
With nearly 20% of the U.S. population effected by dry-eye syndrome, it is one of the most commonly diagnosed ophthalmic conditions in the general population. The percentage can be even higher among people with certain autoimmune diseases and by environmental factors, such as living in a desert climate. Other influences factors that can cause dry eye syndrome include, smoking, diabetes and menopause. Causes of dry eye syndrome include decreased tear production, poor tear film quality or excessive tear evaporation.
Age is also a factor. As we get older, the tiny glands in our eyelids (meibomian glands) produce less oil. This is especially common in middle age women. The oil from these glands keeps the natural tears on our eyes from evaporating. The decreased oil production simply allows our tears to evaporate too quickly, leaving the eye dry. In addition to aging, infection or clogging of the meibomian glands can also lead to dry eye.
Common symptoms of dry-eye are wide-ranging and can even include excessive watering, which is actually one of the most common patient complaints. Other commons symptoms include the feeling of a small spec of sand in your eye, grittiness, dryness, burning, blurred vision, tired eyes, redness and soreness. Your eyes may even produce a mucus discharge.
Other factors that can influence the occurrence of dry eye syndrome is excessive reading, using a computer, or watching TV. That’s because we blink less often when concentrating on such activities and decreased blinking allows the eye to dry out faster. Contact lenses can also be a problem with dry eye.
At the Dry Eye Treatment Center at Eye Center South, we offer the most successful dry eye treatment modalities available today. Based on the level of your dry eye condition, our doctors will prescribe a custom treatment plan for short and long-term relief. In many cases, this may include a regime of medicated ophthalmic drops, punctual plugs, vitamin therapy or artificial tears. In more severe cases, these therapies may not alleviate symptoms and require additional treatment options. Dry eye can be disabling for some patients and can even cause sight-threatening corneal complications.
- Artificial Tears – Artificial tears are eyedrops used to lubricate dry eyes and help maintain moisture on the outer surface of your eyes. They are commonly used to treat dry eyes that result from aging, certain medications, a medical condition, eye surgery or environmental factors, such as smoky or windy conditions. They are available without a prescription and there is not a single brand of artificial tears that works best for every form of dry eyes. These artificial tears often come in multidose bottles and contain chemicals that discourage bacterial growth once the container is opened. The preservatives may irritate your eyes, especially if you have moderate or severe dry eyes. Preservative-free eyedrops artificial tears contain fewer additives and are generally recommended if you apply artificial tears more than four times a day. Preservative-free products may come in single-dose vials. In addition to providing lubricating moisture, some artificial tears contain electrolytes, such as potassium and bicarbonate. These additives may promote healing of the surface of the eyes. Artificial tears may also contain thickening agents, which keep the solution on the surface of your eyes longer.
- Vitamin Therapy – During the past decade, the ophthalmic industry has increased research into vitamins and other nutritional supplements used to treat dry eye. As a result, centers like Eye Center South are now able to confidently recommend specific vitamins and other nutritional supplements to aid in the treatment of dry eye pain. This is the based on the research and findings we have seen in our industry in recent years. We are pleased to see vitamin or nutritional supplement-based therapy for dry eye entering the mainstream treatment regimen within ophthalmology. In addition to our Vitamin Therapy regimens in the office, common vitamins aiding in dry eye include: Flaxseed Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Fish Oil, Beta Carotene and Vitamin A.
- Punctal Plugs – A common and productive technique involves the use of Punctal Plugs, which our doctors can easily insert into the lower or upper punctum, or both. There are numerous types of punctal plugs with varying uses and properties depending on the type of materials from which they are made. The most common type of plugs are divided into two groups: temporary collagen plugs placed at the top of the puncta and a more permanent plug inserted into the canaliculus.
- LipiFlow – LipiFow is a new procedure designed to treat the root casuse of Evaporative Dry Eye, blocked Meibomian glands. Opening and clearing these blocked glands can allow them to resume natural production of lipids (oils) needed for a healthy tear film. Some dry eye treatments attempt to add more liquid to your tear, but without the complex natural oil, tears continue to evaporate faster than produced. At the heart of LipiFlow Thermal Pulsation System is the Activator (eyepiece). The Activator uses patented, precisely controlled hear applied to the inner eyelid with adaptive pressure encouraging your body to restart the natural production of lipids (oils) needed to for healthy tears. Its single-use design and built-in sensors ensure a safe, sterile treatment. The treatment is performed here at Eye Center South, Dothan, AL – and in some cases, on the day of your evaluation.
YOUR INDIVIDUALIZED TREATMENT PLAN
Our staff at the Dry Eye Treatment Center at Eye Center South will customize a treatment plan based on your ocular history and specialized diagnostic testing performed here in the clinic. Our goal is to provide long-lasting relief from dry eye and allow you to enjoy the best possible vision.
For more information about dry eye treatments at Eye Center South, please contact us at 800/467-1393.