Blepharoexfoliation is an in-office procedure that removes eyelid bio film that has formed over time and obstructs the oily tear glands called meibomian glands. Until this biofilm is removed the oil tear glands cannot function properly. This biofilm not only obstructs the meibomian glands but also harbors microorganisms,exotoxins,and lipase enzymes that break down the needed tear film oil. Without this tear film oil the watery component of the tears evaporates quickly and the surface of the eye becomes very dry and irritated.
The treatment involves the use of a rotary device fitted with a cotton tipped applicator tip and a gentle eyelid cleanser solution. The blepharoexfoliation procedure removes biofilms from the lid margins and lashes much more thoroughly than any home eyelid hygiene wipe or maneuver can. Patients Who have this procedure describe it as a tickling sensation. Often patients report an immediate improvement in eye comfort.
Insurance does not cover this $200 procedure for treatment to both eyes, which needs to be repeated once or twice a year, depending on disease severity.
Tear Support Plus Omega 3 Supplement
Tear support plus changes the fatty acid composition of the oily tears or meibum to increased levels of unsaturated fatty acids. These unsaturated fatty acids are in a liquid state at body temperature which prevents blockage of the meibomian eyelid oily tear gland ducts and decreases stagnation. The Lehigh EPA to DHA ratio also has a strong anti-inflammatory effect on the meibomian glands of the lids.
Bruder Hygienic Eyelid Solution
Tranquil-Eyes Sleep Mask for Dry Eyes
The goggle includes a set of removable moisture pads which can be soaked in hot water prior to sleep. This aids in the creation of moist-heat, key to soothing tired, irritated eyes.
The goggle also creates total darkness, stimulating the pineal gland to release melatonin, a key promoter of deep sleep and relaxation. Whatever your dry eye problems, our travel and sleep kit can help, whether you’re at home or on the road.
Tranquileyes can also be used for moist heat therapy along with Thermoeyes heat inserts (purchased separately or in a moist heat therapy kit such as Tranquileyes Advanced)
IPL (Intense Pulse Light Therapy)
The Optima IPL is the next-generation IPL technology developed by Lumenis. With every pulse of light, this first-of-its-kind, energy-based therapy works to control the inflammatory process and to stop the vicious cycle of inflammation, reducing the need for medications and providing long-lasting results. IPL is a treatment that is commonly used by dermatologists to help treat rosacea, sun damage, and acne scarring, but is now being used as a groundbreaking treatment for those suffering with chronic dry eye symptoms. Our doctor places shields over the patient’s eyes to protect them from the pulses of light. He then uses a small handheld device to administer pulses of light around the eyelid. The light pulses create a pleasant warming sensation around the eye as the oils in the meibomian glands are loosened. These treatments are gentle, quick, and effective for those suffering with chronic dry eye symptoms. IPL treatments are not covered by insurance, so please call our office for more information and pricing.