The team at Del Negro & Senft Eye Associates will diagnose and treat your dry eye symptoms so you can get back to living your life free from irritation.
The eye depends on the flow of tears to provide constant moisture and lubrication to maintain vision and comfort. Tears are a combination of water (for moisture), oils (for lubrication), mucus (for even spreading), and antibiotics and special proteins (for resistance to infection). These components are secreted by special glands located around the eye. When there is an imbalance in this tear system, a person may experience the symptoms of dry eye syndrome.CONTINUE READING ABOUT DRY EYE SYNDROME
Blepharitis, also known as eyelid margin disease, is a persistent and common condition that causes inflammation of the eyelids. The dryness that results from this condition might also result in discomfort and, occasionally, blurred vision.
With Blepharitis, oily particles and bacteria accumulate near the base of the eyelashes of both the upper and lower eyelids. This may cause itchiness, irritation, redness, and burning or stinging of the eyes. This condition frequently occurs in people who have a tendency toward dry eyes, oily skin, or dandruff. Acne, rosacea, and eczema are frequently associated with some form of lid margin disease. The condition can be difficult to manage because it tends to recur.CONTINUE READING ABOUT BLEPHARITIS
Many commonly attribute their eye discomfort to dry eye, when a leading cause of the burning, scratching and redness is Meibomian Gland Dysfunction or MGD.
MGD occurs when there is a compromise to the function and/or structure of the Meibomian glands. These glands, located in the eyelids, produce the protective oily (lipid) layer of the tear film. This oil helps protect the surface of the eye from disease and prevents the watery part of the tears from evaporating when your eyes are open. Without these oils, the eyes become more susceptible to the negative effects that dry climates, air conditioning, computer use, reading and other daily activities can have on the long-term health of our eyes.
Our Dry Eye Team has many years’ experience diagnosing and providing relief to those suffering from the frustrating symptoms of dry eye.
A Customized Treatment Plan will be developed by your physician to make you comfortable so you can get back to enjoying your daily activities.
Advanced treatments, such as BlephEx™, are options for ideal candidates.
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In addition to a decrease in the production of lubricating tears by the tear glands, dry eye syndrome can be caused by the drying out of the tear film. This can be due to air conditioning, heat, or other environmental conditions. Other conditions that may cause dry eye syndrome are:
“Dry eye” is an extremely common eye condition, with incidences and symptoms that increase with age. In the United States, approximately six million women and three million men experience moderate or severe dry eye symptoms, and scientists estimate that an additional 20 to 30 million people in this country have mild cases of dry eye. Diabetes is the number one systemic disease implicated in dry eye.
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Although everyone has bacteria on the skin’s surface, in certain people this bacteria thrives in the skin at the base of the eyelashes. Large amounts of bacteria around the eyelashes can cause dandruff-like scales and particles to form along the eyelid margins and lashes.
Since the eyelids are difficult to clean, this overgrowth of bacteria, biofilm, scurf and debris can accumulate over many years, and the exotoxin-induced inflammation can cause significant damage to the eyelid and tear glands.
Blepharitis also is associated with meibomitis— dysfunction and inflammation of the nearby oil glands of the eyelids (called meibomian glands). If Blepharitis is left untreated, eyelid glands can become clogged and infected. This can cause styes, dry eye syndrome, corneal ulcers and unsightly crusted scales and debris on the eyelids.
Lid margin disease may not be cured, but it can be controlled with a few simple daily hygienic measures:
When medications are necessary, they may include:
However, medications alone are not sufficient in the treatment of these conditions. The application of warmth and careful cleansing of the lashes daily is key to controlling lid margin disease.
We are pleased to offer a revolutionary treatment as part of our comprehensive Dry Eye Services Program. BlephEx is designed to provide a deep cleaning to compromised lids 3-4 times a year to fight against the annoying and inconvenient symptoms of dry eye.
BlephEx stands for microblepharoexfoliation, a painless procedure that safely and effectively removes the scurf and excess bacteria and biofilm that is responsible for the majority of low-grade inflammatory blepharitis, the primary cause of chronic dry eye disease.
With the BlephEx treatment Dr. Glatman can precisely and safely clean and exfoliate your eyelids and lashes, which will almost immediately improve your symptoms. More importantly, by completely removing the exotoxin-laden biofilm along the lid margin, they can help you avoid the long-term inflammatory damage to your tear glands, preventing chronic dry eye syndrome.
If you are a candidate for the treatment, Dr. Glatman can perform this painless, in-office procedure in under 10 minutes. The BlephEx handpiece is used to gently and carefully spin a medical grade micro-sponge along the edge of your eyelids and lashes, removing scurf and debris and exfoliating your eyelids. The disposable micro-sponge is used for each individual eyelid so bacteria is not spread between the lids. The eyes are then rinsed thoroughly with saline afterwards. LipiFlow® is also helpful in treating blepharitis. Detailed information regarding this treatment is located in the section “Understanding Meibomian Gland Dysfunction or MGD.”