Many of our patients suffer from chronic dry eye. In this video testimonial, our patient, Miles, suffered from chronic dry eye making contact lens wear very difficult. He also wanted to consider LASIK to allow him to be “glasses free.”
“My goal was to get away from glasses.”
Dry eye syndrome is one of the most common reasons to visit the eye doctor. While common, it can have hazardous effects on your eye. Dry eye commonly causes blurry vision, tearing, redness, irritation and sensitivity to light. Moreover, dry eye can make the use of contact lens almost impossible and can also cause inaccurate measurements when considering prescription eyewear (glasses and contacts), cataract surgery (e.g. Symfony IOL) or vision correction (e.g. LASIK).
Miles noticed almost immediate improvement after receiving LipiFlow – vision improved and the annoying symptoms of dry eye vanished. With the dry eye treated, preparation for vision correction was much easier…and predictable. Corneal measurements and refraction are more accurate with a moist cornea.
Dr. Rose is a recognized expert on the diagnosis and treatment of dry eye. She lectures nationally about the importance of identifying and treating dry eye, especially before anticipated cataract surgery or vision correction procedures.
Miles’ suffering with dry eye is not uncommon. The dryness caused his redness, tearing, blurry vision, etc. Simple drops and lubricants can work, but not in his case. Contact lens wear remained a challenge and going outdoors was unbearable.
Also, dry eye can severely affect the surface of the cornea. The tear film and cornea provide most of the focusing power of the eye. An irregular corneal surface from dryness makes preoperative measurements very difficult and unreliable. For Miles, this meant that having LASIK would have to wait until the dry eye was treated.
Fortunately, Dr. Rose was able to easily identify his problem. Using LipiScan, Dr. Rose was able to demonstrate to Miles that his dry eye was caused by MGD (meibomian gland dysfunction). His natural tears were evaporating too quickly.
Dry eye is caused by two basic mechanisms:
Most cases of dry eye are caused by increased evaporation of the normal tear film coating your cornea due to insufficient or inadequate “meibum,” an oily layer secreted by the glands in your lids. This oily layer prevents rapid evaporation of tears.
Whitten Laser Eye is one of the few centers which offers the LipiScan/LipiFlow system for the diagnosis and treatment of dry eye. LipiScan is the only diagnostic device which allows direct visualization of affected glands. This enables us to accurately diagnose patients with dry eye due to MGD, make the right treatment recommendations and monitor treatment success.
LipiScan produces high definition images of your eyelids to allow us to make the diagnosis. It is easily and comfortably performed in our office.
LipiFlow is FDA approved for the patients with dry eye caused by meibomian gland dysfunction. The LipiFlow treatment employs a combination of massage and heat to improve the quality of the tear film, preventing the abnormal quick evaporation of tears.
Meibomian gland dysfunction explains why artificial tears were not too helpful for Miles. Dr. Rose recommended LipiFlow for Miles and he noticed a huge difference both in clarity of vision and reduction of symptoms.
“I tried artificial tears…and they never did anything for me. LipiFlow made a huge difference…”
As part of our comprehensive eye evaluation, Dr. Rose looks carefully for any signs of dry eye. Treatment of dry eye can involve much more than artificial tears and other drops. LipiFlow has been very successful in treating our patients with chronic dry eye and our patients considering vision correction procedures such as cataract surgery or LASIK.
When considering a vision correction procedure, it is imperative to look for and treat any signs of dry eye.