Discover Dry Eye Therapy
Dealing with the symptoms of dry eye can impede your everyday life and make work or daily tasks more difficult. Dry eye is a common condition, with about 30% of people over the age of 50 experiencing it. At Forest City Optometry, we aim to get to the root cause of your dry eye and create a treatment plan to help you find relief.
Visit our practice for dry eye therapy and treatment options to help you feel like yourself again.
What Is Dry Eye?
Dry eye is a condition where the eye doesn’t produce enough tears or enough quality tears to lubricate the surface of the eye. This can cause discomfort and irritation in the eye.
Dry eye can occur for a number of reasons, but one of the most common causes is meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD). MGD is when the oily meibum glands of the eye get clogged and don’t allow enough moisture to release in the eye.
Digital Eye Strain & Dry Eye
Digital eye strain, also known as computer vision syndrome, creates irritated and fatigued eyes due to extended screen time.
Digital eye strain symptoms can include blurry, watery, and red eyes, but dry eye is also a common symptom. This is because we tend to blink less often when on our screens than we do normally, causing less moisture to be distributed onto the eye.
Take Our Dry Eye Assessment & Quiz
If you’re not sure if you have dry eye, take our dry eye pre-assessment quiz and understand your symptoms and if dry eye could be the cause.
This quiz is just a pre-assessment, and to get a full dry eye diagnosis, please contact us to book an appointment.
In-Office Dry Eye Treatments
Using a combination of innovative devices and specialty products, our in-office dry eye solutions are a great way to jump-start your treatment for dry eye.
You may need more than one round of treatment, or a combination of treatments, to find your dry eye solution.
Intense pulse light therapy (IPL) is used on the skin to smooth texture, but it is also used to treat dry eye. IPL uses gentle light pulses and heat to break up the clogged glands for patients with MGD. This helps to release the oils and help restore moisture to the eyes.
Lipiflow is a dome-shaped goggle device that fits over your eyes. This device uses Vector Thermal Pulsation to send heat to and massage the glands to help them release their oils. This can be helpful for those with MGD.
A radiofrequency applicator can help restore the function of the meibomian glands by sending high-frequency waves and heat to the glands, helping them to become unclogged.
Bruder masks use gentle, warming heat to provide relief from dry eyes caused by MGD and blepharitis. The mask uses heat to melt thickened meibum, improving meibomian gland function and slowing the evaporation rate of your tears.
Thealoz Duo eye drops may be prescribed to patients with moderate to severe dry eye to be used in conjunction with regular in-office treatments. As its name suggests, these eye drops contain 2 significant ingredients: trehalose and sodium hyaluronate.
Trehalose is used to protect the eye’s epithelial cells so they can become more resistant to the everyday stress of dry environments and tear film changes that can cause dry eye. Sodium hyaluronate is used to help your tears retain the water they need to hydrate and lubricate your eye’s surface.
Thealoz Duo drops are clinically proven to increase film thickness for up to 4 hours, with Thealoz Duo gel increasing tear film thickness for up to 6 hours.
OCUNOX Eye Ointment is designed for overnight corneal protection. The cornea is particularly sensitive to drying at night since our eyes don’t typically produce tears while we are sleeping. OCUNOX is designed to protect the surface of the eye and improve your tear film, providing long-lasting dry eye relief during the day.
Blephaclean wipes are preservative-free individual sterile lid wipes. These wipes can help to reduce signs and symptoms of blepharitis.
Blephaclean wipes are used about 1 or 2 times daily per week.
Blephagel Duo is a preservative-free cleansing gel that helps maintain optimal ocular hygiene. Blephagel Duo is recommended to be used 1 or 2 times daily as needed.
ZocuFoam is a natural eyelid cleanser formulated with okra complexes to address the root cause of irritated and dry eyes. ZocuFoam provides a soothing and calming action. With its gentle foaming formula, this product efficiently removes debris on the lids and lashes, helping to manage dryness and discomfort.
ZocuFoam can also help treat Demodex issues, which can cause blepharitis, resulting in inflammation of the eyelids and severe dry eye.
ZocuFoam is recommended to be used 1 time daily for 2 months, then 2 times per week ongoing after that.
Zaspray is a 3-in-1 solution for soothing, hydrating, and relieving dry eyes caused by allergies. With its unique formulation and natural plant extracts, Zaspray can provide long-lasting relief from itchy, irritated, and red eyes.
This easy-to-use spray contains sodium hyaluronate, offering a lubricating effect to keep your eyes moisturized and comfortable throughout the day.
At-Home Dry Eye Treatments
To continue your dry eye treatment maintenance at home, we offer some take-home options that are easy to use every day.
Most of these treatments are available in our online store. Ask our team about your at-home dry eye treatment options; we’re more than happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have.
Say Goodbye to Dry Eye
Don’t deal with the symptoms of dry eye. Visit our practice for an exam and discussion of what dry eye solutions are right for you.
Shop our dry eye products on our online store for your convenience.