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 dry eye symptoms.
How Do I Know if I Have Dry Eye?
Common symptoms of dry eye can include dryness, grittiness, soreness, irritation, burning and eye fatigue.
However, there is great news for dry eye sufferers! Mann Eye Institute has an Ocular Surface Treatment Center (aka Dry Eye Clinic) and a dry eye specialist dedicated to helping patients find a personalized plan for treating their unique dry eyes.
Our dry eye specialists 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
What Are My Dry Eye Treatment Options?
LipiFlow – 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!
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.
ThermiEyes – THERMIeyes was designed to tighten the skin around the eyes to reduce wrinkles, but with continued treatment, it also relieves chronic dry eye. The THERMIeyes application is performed using a specially designed, temperature-controlled radiofrequency device. It is safe, precise, non-invasive and takes just a few minutes per eye.
- 10 minute treatment time per eye
- Series of 3-6 applications
- Improves quality of tears
- Tightens skin with collagen remodeling
- No downtime
Scleral Lenses – 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.
Amniotic Membrane Contact Lenses – 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.
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!
“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. Victoria Chin, board certified therapeutic optometrist and dry specialist for Mann Eye Institute.