Treatment For Dry Eye

What is Dry Eye?

In order for our eyes to stay healthy and comfortable, they must produce the right type of tears, or tear film. If your eyes do not produce enough of the right tears or tear film, then it is likely that you suffer from “dry eye”.

In the United States dry eye is a common condition, most often affecting people who are middle-aged or older. It is estimated that 4.88 million Americans from 50 and older have dry eyes.

There are a multitude of causes for dry eye, which is characterized by the symptoms of burning, redness, foreign body sensation and fluctuating blurring of vision.

Luckily, The Eye Center has two of the latest and most effective treatments for dry eye on the market today.

LipiFlow System

We use the LipiFlow System when you visit our office for an appointment.

The LipiFlow® Thermal Pulsation System is a drug-free mechanism of action that uses a console and a single-use sterile device, known as the Activator. The procedure uses the Vector Thermal Pulse Technology™(VTP). This system applies heat and peristaltic motion to the eyelid with the effect of removing gland obstructions and stagnant gland content. The end result is a more constant flow of tears to your eye.

How the LipiFlow System Works:

  • There is an initial anesthetic drop, whereafter no drugs are required for the procedure.
  • The LipiFlow system then administers therapeutic energies to the meibomian glands. This stimulates tears, while safeguarding the structure of your eye.
  • The result is that the obstructed meibum is liquefied, pushed up and removed from your eye.

For more information about the LipiFlow System, or to schedule an appointment to see if it is right for you, call 541.683.2020.

TrueTear® Technology

TrueTear® uses state-of-the-art technology to effectively treat your dry eye. It is a small, hand-held device that administers tiny pulses of energy to stimulate tear production. It works quickly, is easy to use, is drop-free and drug-free and puts you in control.

When using the TrueTear device, tearing can occur within seconds. The effect is temporary, but you can use the TrueTear® device for up to 30 minutes in a 24 hour period. This means that you can stimulate your tear production whenever and wherever you want.

For more information about TrueTear®, watch the video! Or, to schedule an appointment to see if TrueTear® is right for you, call 541.683.2020.