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Dry eye is an increasing problems for millions of Americans. It has almost become common place and cliche as it sounds “Just a fact of life” to live with your eyes being red, irritated, gritty, or so severe that you can’t even wear contacts. Many practices have given up on treating dry eye. They are simply managing the symptoms with eye drops. Recently the Television series “The Doctors” featured the lipiflow treatment in one of their segments and “You hear the symptoms from many patients and it’s become something that people accept as normal, which does not have to be a way of life.”, says Dr. Chris Teichmiller.

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What is Dry Eye?

Do I have Dry Eye?

Treatment for Dry Eye?

What is Dry Eye?

Dry Eye Syndrome (DES) is a condition caused by either insufficent trears or by a lack of tear production. Tears are nessisary for eye function. Without a certain quality and quanity of tears the eyes ceases to function correctly. Many other factors such as extended contact lens wear, refractive surgery such as “LasiK”, smoking, certain medications, and diabetes among many others can contribute to the cause of dry eye.While there are other factors the most common breakdown in tear production is within the Meibomian gland. MGD or Meibomian Gland Disease is referred to as the most common cause of dry eye1. This gland secreats an oily substance known as “mebuim” and it prevent the evaporation of the tear. Every time you blink your eyes it refreshes this substance, keeping the eye lubricated and sustaining the life of the protective tear. When these mebomian glands, which there are appromiately 50 upper and 25 lower, get clogged, they don’t produce the kind of quality Mebuim that it takes for the eye to function properly.

Do I have Dry Eye?

Dry eye symptoms vary but can include:
  • Gritty feeling in the eyes
  • Irritation
  • Red eyes
  • Comfort issues with contacts that have been comfortable
  • Excess watering
  • Burning
  • Advanced DES (Dry Eye Syndrom) can cause severe damage and impair vision if not treated properly

Treatment for Dry Eye?

There are many treatments that one can do at home. And while the lipiflow treatment does target the root cause of dry eye many patients still have to practice the maintenance of eye health. Since the introduction of modern devices such as computers, tablets, and even television one of the biggest problems indiviuals face is simple as not blinking enough. Sounds silly right? The american optometric association says the same thing and the information is found clearly on their website. Here are some other tips:
  • Balance your diet and increase water intake.
  • Suppliments such as omega 3’s.
  • Warm compresses.
  • Eye drops.
  • Wear protective lenses if you are under 18, work on a computer, or have had cataract surgery. Their are a variety of lenses that protect against the harmful affect of blue light. For more on that subject visit the blog post by Dr. Chris Teichmiller.
1. The International Workshop on Meibomian Gland Dysfunction. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci2011;52(4):1917 2085.
Lipiflow is a new approach to dry-eye treatment that is producing amazing results after more than 25 years of research. The founders of Lipiflow spearheaded the search for optometrists questions about dry-eye. Dr. Korb and Dr. Tim Willis revolutionized dry-eye treatment with a thermal pulsation treatment system; Lipiflow. Dr. Korb released his groundbreaking research in the 1980’s that changed the way the industry saw dry eye. They led the way for more research on Meibomian Gland Dysfunction. The dysfunction was the natural-oil producing glands in your eyes were deficient in producing a “quality tear.” Only 5% of the estimated 30 million dry eye suffers in America are receiving any form of treatment.
Dr. Chris D. Teichmiller has considerable expertise in diagnosing and treating dry eye. While proving various specialty ophthalmic services in private practice at the same location for over 24 years, he has also lectured internationally on dry eye syndrome. As an innovator, Dr. Teichmiller is proud to be one of only two practices providing the lipiflow treatment. Which is revolutionary as the first FDA approved medical device for treating eyelid disease (Meibomian Gland Disease), which is responsible for 85% of dry eye cases.
Lipiflow is a new approach to dry-eye treatment that is producing amazing results after more than 25 years of research. The founders of Lipiflow spearheaded the search for optometrists questions about dry-eye. Dr. Korb and Dr. Tim Willis revolutionized dry-eye treatment with a thermal pulsation treatment system; Lipiflow. Dr. Korb released his groundbreaking research in the 1980’s that changed the way the industry saw dry eye. They led the way for more research on Meibomian Gland Dysfunction. In a healthy eye the glands secret an oil every time you blink to help lubricate and protect your eye. Only 5% of the estimated 30 million dry eye suffers in America are receiving any form of treatment.
Dr. Chris D. Teichmiller has considerable expertise in diagnosing and treating dry eye. While proving various specialty ophthalmic services in private practice at the same location for over 24 years, he has also lectured internationally on dry eye syndrome. As an innovator, Dr. Teichmiller is proud to be one of only two practices providing the lipiflow treatment. Which is revolutionary as the first FDA approved medical device for treating eyelid disease (Meibomian Gland Disease), which is responsible for 85% of dry eye cases.
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A new revolutionary treatment for chronic and severe dry eye.