Are your eyes constantly bothering you for no obvious reason? If you find yourself struggling with dry, itchy, red, irritated eyes, and you know you don't suffer from allergies, then you might be struggling with a form of dry eye caused by blocked oil glands. This condition is not only uncomfortable; it can also pose a threat to your eyes. Here at Brook Run Vision Center, we can provide soothing, extended relief through a remarkable therapeutic technique known as LipiFlow.
Meibomian Gland Dysfunction: An Irritating Problem
Many of the classic signs of dry eye -- including redness, light sensitivity, blurry vision, itchy eyes and "foreign body" sensations in the eyes -- are related to tear film imbalances. Your eyes may be producing plenty of tears, but those tears are mostly water and mucous. The tear film is missing its third important, ingredient: oil, which sits on top of the water layer and keeps it from evaporating prematurely. The oil is made by rows of small glands inside the eyelid called Meibomian glands. But these glands can become clogged, preventing them from secreting the oil your tears need to protect your eyes properly. This condition is called Meibomian gland dysfunction, or MGD.
Meibomian gland dysfunction can create a lot of problems in your life. In addition to plaguing you with the irritating symptoms of dry eye, chronic MGD can leave your corneal tissues dehydrated and vulnerable to damage -- and scarred corneas can cause long-term vision loss.
How LipiFlow Fixes Your Tear Film
The first step in understanding your eye irritation is an evaluation at Brook run Vision Center. If we conclude that your tear film is lacking in oil, we may prescribe LipiFlow to restore your Meibomian gland function. LipiFlow is a therapeutic system specifically designed to treat MGD. This piece of equipment includes an eye applicator tipped with a disposable, sterile eyepiece called an Activator. As the Activator warms the eyelids, encouraging oil flow, it also massages them to dislodge any clogs so the oil can move freely into the tear film.
LipiFlow is an FDA-approved treatment system with an enviable track record. It has proven helpful in some 86 percent of MGD cases. A typical session takes just a few minutes -- and the results can make you very happy you gave it a try!
Tired of Dry Eye? Ask Our Optometrist in Richmond for Help
If your dry eye stems from MGD, take the first step toward restoring your tear film to its normal healthy state. Call (804)-264-2956 for an appointment with Dr. Gray, Dr. Peters, or Dr. Pederson.