Dry Eye Treatment Options – Do you have the Joker or the Ace?

Dry Eye Treatment Options – Do you have the Joker or the Ace?

If you have been diagnosed with dry eye, you have most likely been prescribed drops or a regimen of warm compresses, lid scrubs or other similar treatments.  You may have been prescribed Restasis to help increase tear production.  Or maybe you have symptoms such as burning, watery or scratchy feeling eyes and constantly use drops to provide relief.

Lipiflow is the Ace

There are many treatments to alleviate the symptoms of dry eye.  At the end of the day, whether it’s warm compresses or prescribed medication, you may be holding the Joker card unless you understand the cards you have been dealt. You see, for years, dry eye was predominantly thought to be due to lack of tear production, but recent research has shown a different hand.  The reality is that over 80% of all patients experiencing dry eye symptoms have a treatable condition known as Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD), which leads to the most prevalent form of dry eye: Evaporative Dry Eye.

Essentially your meibomian glands produce oil every time you blink. Those oils are what protects the watery layer in your eye. When your Meibomian Glands are blocked, the lack of oil production causes this watery layer to evaporate.  Simply increasing tear production will not alleviate dry eye symptoms.  If you are like the majority of those diagnosed with dry eye, it is highly likely you have MGD. While this is a chronic and progressive condition, MGD is treatable and its progression can be disrupted.

So what’s your ace in the hole if you have MGD?  Find an eye doctor that has LipiView, the technology from TearScience used to help your doctor properly diagnose MGD, and LipiFlow to effectively treat MGD.  The treatment only takes 12 minutes and over 86% of patients in clinical trials reported positive results.  To date, over 40,000 patients have been treated with LipiFlow and it is the only safe, effective and FDA cleared treatment for MGD on the market today.

Visit a LipiFlow eye doctor who has been trained to diagnose MGD.  Put your cards on the table and ask if you have MGD.  Then put those jokers aside and make sure you are dealt all aces with LipiFlow from TearScience.  Find a local MGD doctor.