Dry Eye is more common today than ever before. In fact, more than 100 million people worldwide suffer from dry eye, which is often painful, persistent and annoying.
What’s up with that?
Near work – think computers, smartphones, video games – is likely to blame for the increase in dry eye symptoms. All of these activities interfere with the quality and quantity of blinks. Not enough quality blinks means not enough natural tears, which means dry eye symptoms.
Hello, artificial tears. Which are great, but if you’re using them all day, every day, there just might be a better way…
Mann Eye Institute has Ocular Surface Treatment Centers in Houston and Austin dedicated to helping people just like you overcome their chronic dry eye.
Because while dry eye is common, it doesn’t mean you have to live with it!
The Mann Eye Ocular Surface Treatment Centers (Dry Eye Clinics) are run by dry eye specialists like Dr. Paul Mann and Dr. David Tremblay who are dedicated to helping patients like you See Life Better through customized treatment plans.
Common symptoms of dry eye can include dryness, grittiness, soreness, irritation, burning and eye fatigue. But since those are symptoms also commonly associated with allergies, infections and more, it’s important to determine if what you’re experiencing is in fact, chronic dry eye.
To do that, our dry eye specialist will perform a series of diagnostic tests to evaluate your unique ocular surface condition. This will help us determine the best course of action (specifically for you). Your personal dry eye assessment may include:
Once our doctors have a full assessment of what is causing your dry eye and the severity of your case, they can recommend a custom dry eye treatment plan to get you on your way to overcoming dry eye!
By definition, dry eye is a condition whereby your tears are not providing adequate lubrication for your eyes. But why your tears are coming up short? Well, there are many possible factors.schedule consultation
Meibomian Gland Dysfunction is a root cause of chronic dry eye. Meibomian ("my-BOH-mee-an") refers to a specific type of gland found in the eyelids. There are about 25 to 40 meibomian glands in the upper eyelid and 20 to 30 in the lower eyelid. These glands secrete oils onto the surface of the eye, which help keep tears from evaporating too quickly.
MGD is blockage or another abnormality of the meibomian glands so they don't secrete enough oil into the tears. As a result, tears evaporate too quickly. MGD is a leading cause of dry eye syndrome.
This is why sometimes people with dry eye can have watery eyes, which seems like an oxymoron, but it’s not. It is because the quality of the tears isn’t ideal, so they’re not lubricating the eyes effectively.
Solution: Lipiflow (more on this treatment below)
Blepharitis is chronic inflammation of the eyelids caused by an overgrowth of normal bacteria along the lid and the base of the eyelashes. As we age, we make fewer natural antibodies in our tears, increasing the likelihood of developing blepharitis.
This bacterial overgrowth produces a biofilm that traps bacterial debris along the eyelashes and lid margin. This low-grade inflammation adversely affects the tear glands, decreasing tear production. Fewer tears can lead to chronic irritation and, you guessed it, dry eye.
Solution: BlephEx (more on this treatment below)
Ocular Rosacea is inflammation that causes redness, burning, itching and dryness of the eyes. It often develops in people who have rosacea, a chronic skin condition that affects the face, and can be a contributing factor to chronic dry eye.
Solution: IPL (more on this treatment below)
In simple terms, this is when your tears have either a quality or quantity issue. More technically, the thinning of the aqueous layer of the tear film due to reduced tear secretion from the lacrimal glands or thinning of the lipid layer of the tear film due to reduced meibum (oil) secretion from the meibomian glands can lead to rapid evaporation and tear film instability.
Many factors can cause tear film instability, including some medications and certain medical conditions.
Solution: ThermiEyes (more on this treatment below)
Dry Eye can be complicated. Multifactorial, if you will.
At Mann Eye Institute’s Ocular Treatment Centers, we have solutions - Dry Eye Packages customized for your unique dry eye situation.schedule consultation
As part of our commitment to state-of-the-art treatment technology, we now offer the first and only IPL FDA-approved for the management of dry eye disease due to MGD. Introducing OptiLight – a bright solution for dry eyes. The treatment is comfortable, precise and proven effective.
OptiLight uses precise and intense broad-spectrum light to address inflammation – one key underlying factor in dry eye disease. This light is gently applied to your skin using OptiLight’s novel Optimal Pulse Technology (OPT). With four treatments of only 10-15 minutes, you could effectively manage your dry eye with no downtime.
Watch the video below to learn more about OptiLight.
Eyelid cleaning procedure to help maintain clean and healthy lids
BlephEx is a painless in-office procedure that expertly cleans your eyelids and eyelashes. A small handheld device is used to very precisely spin a soft medical-grade micro-sponge along the edge of your lids and lashes, effectively removing accumulated bacterial biofilm.
Once the biofilm is removed, your eyelids are cleaner and healthier. This matters because a healthy eyelid is critical for normal tear production. And as we’ve already learned, normal tear production aids in preventing dry eye.
Treatment may need to be repeated every four to six months.
Addresses root cause of the most common form of dry eye
The LipiFlow System is a revolution in the treatment of dry eye. LipiFlow treatment addresses the root cause of evaporative dry eye, the most common form of dry eye, by unblocking the meibomian glands that secrete oily lipids. In controlled clinical studies of patients who received a single LipiFlow treatment, the average meibomian gland score at 4 weeks increased by 2-3 times over the baseline condition!
In other words, LipiFlow uses heat and gentle movement to unclog the glands on the rim of your eyelid that help keep your tears from evaporating. When they’re free and clear, they’re able to function properly to keep more tears on your eye’s surface.
The LipiFlow System is a non-invasive, in-office treatment that takes only minutes to complete for each eye. Many patients report noticeable improvement in the days following the LipiFlow treatment, with relief continuing to improve 3-4 weeks following the procedure.
Noticeable improvement with just one treatment*
Safe, precise, non-invasive and takes just 10 minutes per eye to relieve dry eye and tighten skin around the eyes
THERMIeyes was designed to tighten the skin around the eyes to reduce wrinkles, but with continued treatment, it also relieves chronic dry eye. Win, win!
The THERMIeyes application is performed using a specially designed, temperature-controlled radiofrequency device. It tightens the skin with collagen remodeling while also improving the quality of your tears in a series of three to six applications.
Keeps eyes hydrated and improves visual acuity
Recent studies have shown great success in treating moderate to severe dry eye symptoms with scleral lenses, a hard contact lens that is larger than a typical contact lens. The scleral lens holds a reservoir of tears next to the cornea, reducing discomfort and dry eye symptoms, decreasing use of artificial tears and improving visual acuity.
Think of it as a comfortable contact lens that holds moisture right where you need it – on the surface of your eye. Some patients report that their vision is better than with their glasses or regular contacts.
Most insurance plans cover scleral lenses.
Membrane dissolves into eye to naturally heal dry eye
This sounds like science fiction but stay with me.
These contact lenses are made with amniotic membranes, the inner layer of the fetal membrane. Wow. They have anti-inflammatory, anti-fibrotic, anti-angiogenic and anti-microbial properties. They dissolve and the cornea absorbs the nutrients, improving dry eye symptoms.
One of our doctors will gently place the tiny amniotic membrane onto your eye and cover it with a clear, soft, disposable contact lens to hold the amniotic tissue in place. Once the membrane has dissolved – within a couple of days – the contact is removed, but the benefits stay!
Most insurance plans cover amniotic membrane contact lenses.
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