Dry eye treatment generally centers around improving lubrication. We are proud to utilize the latest in dry eye treatments, including Lipiflow. Designed to unblock meibomian glands, Lipiflow stimulates the secretion of oily lipids needed for healthy tear film.
Diagnosing The Cause of Your Dry Eye
Using Modern Diagnostic Equipment
Dry eyes occur when there is an improper amount of lubrication on the surface of the eyes. This can be due to your body not producing enough tears, or that the tears it does produce are thin and low quality, evaporating before they can provide proper lubrication. Regardless of the cause, this lack of lubrication is responsible for dry eye.
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Dry eye affects millions of Americans. Many experience chronic dry eye, while others experience dry eye intermittently.
Symptoms of dry eye
Dry eye has many symptoms, including:
Scratchy or gritty sensation
Itching and/or burning feeling in the eye
Foreign body sensation
Increased irritation from wind and smoke
Contact lens discomfort
Vision changes throughout the day
How we treat dry eye
Your Optometrist will assist in deciding which treatment option, or combination of, is best for your condition. Scheduling regular eye exams is one of the best ways to stay proactive in combating dry eye syndrome.
Using eye drops or lubricating artificial tears
Prescription eye drops that reduce inflammation and increase tear production
Contact lens rewetting drops
Manual expression of eyelid glands
Lipiflow treatment (in-office procedure that clears blocked glands)
Inserting punctal plugs into the drainage ducts in the eyelids to reduce tears draining away too quickly
Dry eye syndrome may not be curable for all people, but it usually can be managed to provide relief of the symptoms. Try the following:
Avoid sleeping under a ceiling fan and/or use an eye mask to ensure eyes are fully closed
Using air purifiers to eliminate indoor air particles
Using a humidifier to reduce dry air from heating/cooling systems
Wearing sunglasses (wrap around frames will help to reduce exposure to wind and dust)
Staying properly hydrated (drink more water)
Why Choose Schaeffer Eye Center?
We continuously explore and invest in new technologies that improve the quality and accuracy of our eye exams, aid in testing for eye diseases (such as glaucoma), and treatment options.
By investing in advanced treatments, such as LipiFlow for dry eye, we can improve the quality of life for patients living with chronic eye conditions. We carry a variety of contact lenses suitable for nearly any prescription, including toric and scleral lenses.
Learn more about the integration of technology into our offices here.
Schaeffer Eye Center offers the best selection in distinctive, designer eyewear.
Our design minded eyewear consultants can assist you in finding the best style to offer comfort that meets your lifestyle needs and fashion sense.
We have grown to 18 locations across Alabama by providing quality service to our patients. Not only are we providers for most of the major insurance plans, we can determine the best use to maximize your benefits.
Schaeffer Eye Center believes in giving back to the community. This belief is demonstrated by current and past support in numerous community organizations.