Is Dry Eye Disease Curable?

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People suffering from dry eyes and meibomian gland dysfunction often ask if these conditions are common nowadays or a dry eye disease curable. If you haven’t experienced any dry eye problem, here are the usual symptoms to look for in case you have acquired this type of eye disease unknowingly:

  • Dryness

  • Sandy or gritty feeling in the eyes

  • Irritation

  • Blurry vision

  • Sensitivity to light (sunlight)

  • Drying effect becomes worse during extended exposure to near work activities like reading or staying glued for long hours in front of the computer screen.

If any of the above signs are found to any individual, he/she is diagnosed to have a chronic eye conditions such as evaporative dry eye wherein the tears needed to lubricate and protect the eyes evaporate faster beyond the normal level, then, in worse cases may lead to another eye disorder, MGD (meibomian gland dysfunction) where the glands become clogged. This eye problem may showcase some evidence of eyelid inflammation, swelling and redness.

What causes MGD (meibomian gland dysfunction)?

Here are some of the common causes of MGD:

  • Patient’s age

  • Certain ailments such as diabetes

  • Hormonal changes during the menopausal stage

  • Wearing of contact lenses

  • Individual’s personal eye hygiene

  • Some cases where usage of eye cosmetics

Suggested cure for dry eyes:

Some individuals having dry eyes and MGD go on with their daily activities without using any eye medication, while other experiencing minor discomfort find relief by doing some home remedies like the application of warm compresses on the affected eye(s). Others rely on eye drop solutions to lubricate their eyes for the much needed moisture. Theses methods can only provide temporary or instant relief, but, when the dry eye problem recurs and worsens than the previous symptoms, the final solution is the LipiFlow procedure.

LipiView is the latest technology that offers accurate diagnosis of the cause of the evaporative dry eye, giving the eye specialist the appropriate dry eye therapy treatment. For patients with meibomian gland dysfunction, the LipiFlow Thermal Pulsation System is used.

How is the procedure performed?

  • The eye doctor or eye surgeon will assess the overall condition of the patient by asking him/her to fill-in a questionnaire form regarding his/her daily activities.

  • If the symptoms are minor, a non-invasive eye examination will be performed, the LipiView Ocular Surface Interferometer wherein the patient’s tear film will be captured using this instrument. The entire eye analysis will only last for 5 minutes.

  • Your eye doctor may also require the patient to undergo a meibomian gland examination to verify if the glands are clogged.

  • A LipiFlow procedure will be advised to the individual found to be a suitable candidate, and the Lipiflow procedure takes only 12 minutes for both eyes to be completed..

Recommendation:

Caring for one’s eyes require a yearly checkup with your trusted opthamologist. If you are experiencing a chronic eye disease like the dry eye, get the best dry eye doctor at your nearest dry eye center. Sometimes a surgery for dry eyes is the only corrective solution to alleviate the discomfort. Ask your eye doctor what is the prevailing LipiFlow treatment cost.