Dry eye syndrome is a common ocular condition that has variable symptoms. If you have dry eyes, your eyes may be red and feel uncomfortable, sting, burn, or have a scratchy sensation. Sometimes they may water due to reflex tearing which occurs due to ocular surface irritation. You may experience different symptoms depending on the situation, the air quality, and humidity level. It is very common to have symptoms after looking at a computer screen or device for a period of time or later in the day as your eyes become more fatigued.
Dry eye symptoms occur when your tears aren't able to provide adequate lubrication for your eye surface, it could be your eyes don't produce enough tears or you have poor-quality tears. This tear layer instability can cause fluctuation or blurry vision, an inflammatory response, and damage to the surface of the eyes.
Treatments for dry eyes may make you more comfortable and may involve lifestyle changes and eyedrops. More severe presentations may require prescription medications or lacrimal plugs which block the tear drainage system to maintain more moisture on surface of the eyes.
The eye doctor can perform a procedure called Meibography which is special image of the glands in the eyelids that are responsible for the outer lipid layer of the tears which provides stability. If the glands show stagnation, inflammation or loss of function the doctor may recommend some initial home therapy or treatment with MiboFlo.
MiboFlo is a quick, comfortable, and affordable procedure offering relief and benefits most patients with a satisfaction rating of 95%. The treatment applies controlled heat to the outer skin of the eyelids along with a gentle massage. The heat is absorbed by the tissues and breaks down the hardened lipids in the glands. With the prescribed therapy regimen, the Meibomian Glands will secrete thinner and clearer lipids which will allow for a healthy and stable tear film.