Oh dry eye.
Did you know…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 quality and quantity of blinks. Not enough quality blinks means not enough natural tears, which means dry eye symptoms.
Which means… hello, artificial tears. Which are great – don’t get us wrong – but if you’re using them all day, every day, there just might be a better way…
Drum roll, please…
Mann Eye Institute has an Ocular Surface Treatment Center dedicated to help 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!
What’s an Ocular Surface Treatment Center, you ask?
It means we are a dry eye clinic with dry eye specialists like Dr. Victoria Chin and Dr. David Tremblay dedicated to helping patients like you See Life Better through customized treatment plans using one or more of the following: LipiFlow, ThermiEyes, Scleral Lenses and Amniotic Membrane Contact Lenses.
“People think it’s normal to have red, itchy, burning, irritated eyes.
But it’s not normal; it’s just incredibly common. And that’s not the same thing.”
Dr. Chin, Board Certified Therapeutic Optometrist and Dry Eye Specialist for Mann Eye Institute
Dr. Tremblay, Board Certified Ophthalmologist and Dry Eye Treatment Specialist at Mann Eye Institute
Why is an Ocular Surface Treatment Center Better than Just Seeing an Eye Doctor?
When you have a problem, don’t you want it solved by a specialist?
While any eye doctor can tell you that you have dry eye based on your symptoms, not all eye doctors can thoroughly assess the surface of your eye to determine what is really going on. At Mann Eye Institute, we can.
We eat, sleep and breathe eyes, so when it comes to treating one of the most common eye conditions, dry eye, we do it differently, with a mix of advanced technology options at our fingertips and highly experienced professionals who know dry eye!
You can rest easy knowing you’ve come to not just a practice that treats dry eye, but one that specializes in it.
You probably have questions. We have answers. Keep going to learn more.
How Do I Know if I Have Dry Eye?
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:
- Tear Volume Measurement
- Tear Evaporation Rate
- Ocular Allergy Antigen Testing
- Tear Sampling for Inflammation Markers
- Meibomian Gland Imaging
- Corneal Topography
- Corneal Mapping for Aberrations
- Anterior Segment Photography
- Optical Coherence Tomography
- Testing for Sjogren’s Syndrome
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!
What Are My Dry Eye Treatment Options?
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.
Amniotic Membrane Contact 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.
Ocular Allergy Testing
Does the ever-changing Texas climate have your allergies going crazy? Texas is a difficult place for allergy sufferers, with Houston and Austin ranking as two of the worst cities in the U.S. for allergies.
Allergies interfere with your day-to-day life and can result in loss of productivity, missed work or school, and an overall poor quality of life.
Many people suffer for years before being tested or even realizing that eye allergies are the issue. Some mask the symptoms of their allergies with antihistamines but never deal with the root cause.
Mann Eye Institute offers Doctor’s Allergy Formula (DAF), a non-invasive, proprietary test designed to objectively diagnose 60 of the most common ocular allergens in South and Central Texas.
This painless (shot-free) 3-minute test is covered by major medical insurance, and you will know your test results in as fast as 10 minutes. Once we identify what you are allergic to, our doctors will create custom treatments specific to your needs.
If you suffer from any of the following symptoms, you are a candidate for our DAF Test:
- Itchy eyes
- Red/bloodshot eyes
- Burning eyes
- Watery eyes
- Swollen eyes
- Dry eyes
- Dark circles under eyes
- Ocular irritation with congestion, runny nose, flaky/red skin or asthma
Regardless of the root cause of your dry eye symptoms, Mann Eye Institute wants to help you See Life Better!
*Results may vary. Consult your physician.