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Dry Eye Treatment

Dry_Eye_SolutionsApple Valley Vision is invested in providing all of our client’s healthy vision. As Dry Eye experts we offer specialized focus through our Dry Eye clinic, Dry Eye Solutions at Apple Valley Vision.

We understand your aggravation with the limitations of traditional treatments and are dedicated to bringing you the very best technology available to treat this uncomfortable disease, so that you can enjoy the best possible relief.

If you’ve experienced this painful condition, or think you may have it, we can identify the cause of your symptoms and apply treatment appropriate to your particular needs that may make your daily discomfort a distant memory. We also offer the new LipiFlow® thermal pulsation treatment, if you experience evaporative Dry Eye you can now get this treatment in our office. With only one treatment, you can experience sustained relief.

If you experience any of these issues every now and then you may benefit from a visit to Apple Valley Vision:

  • Dryness
  • Discomfort and irritation
  • Grittiness or feeling of a foreign body in the eye
  • Burning or stinging sensation
  • Redness
  • Excessive tearing or watery eyes
  • Discharge
  • Tiredness
  • Itching
  • Vision disturbance
  • Sensitivity to light

Treat The Cause

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Individuals with moderate to severe dry eye encounter great discomfort and seek new approaches from traditional therapies, which only offer minimal symptomatic relief. Eye care physicians are equally discouraged with the restricted tools offered to properly diagnose and treat dry eye. Dry Eye Solutions at Apple Valley Vision in Payson offers a new technology to better diagnosis and treat the source of evaporative dry eye. Contact us today to learn more.

What Is Dry Eye?

PrintDry Eye is a long-term persistent disease that takes years to develop and may worsen if left untreated. Over 100 million people have Dry Eye. There are two main forms of the condition: evaporative and aqueous deficient.

What Is Evaporative Dry Eye?

Evaporative Dry Eye is a persistent disorder that can get worse over time. It occurs when the water in your tears evaporates faster than normal, due to an unsatisfactory lipid (oil) layer on the tear film of your eye. Contact us today to see if today’s technology can help you with your discomfort.

How Dry Eye Affects You.

What are a few of the risk factors for Evaporative Dry Eye? Hormonal changes in women during menopause especially decreasing levels of estrogen can cause coagulation of the oils secreted by the meibomian glands, which leads to blockages. Decreased estrogen levels may enhance conditions under which staphylococcal bacteria can proliferate in the meibomian glands. This leads to a decreased oil secretion rate. Additional factors that may cause or exacerbate meibomian gland dysfunction include age, contact lens use and hygiene, cosmetic use, and illnesses, particularly diabetes.

Common symptoms of Dry Eye:

  • Dryness
  • Discomfort and irritation
  • Grittiness or feeling of a foreign body in the eye
  • Burning or stinging sensation
  • Tearing
  • Redness
  • Discharge
  • Tiredness
  • Itching
  • Vision disturbance
  • Sensitivity to light

How Dry Eye can negatively impact your vision and your life.

The symptoms of Dry Eye can be uncomfortable and a big burden. Standard visual tasks, like reading, using a computer, driving or watching television may become difficult. Wearing contact lenses may be impossible. And, you might find that symptoms get worse later in the day, keeping you from enjoying the activities you want to do. Underlying the considerable discomfort is a real physical condition that needs treatment to stop the cycle of Dry Eye deterioration and worsening symptoms.

Dry Eye is a chronic disease and without proper management, the deterioration may look like this:

  • Increased evaporation of tears
  • Unstable tear film
  • Damage to the eye surface
  • Further discomfort
  • Inflammation and cell damage
  • Fluctuation and decrease in vision

LipiFlow® is designed to provide relief, so you can get on with your life. If you’re ready to get started, call us to schedule an assessment appointment. Reduce your dependence on drops or maybe even eliminate them.

Dry Eye TreatmentDry Eye Treatment.

How do we determine if you are experiencing Dry Eye? We will perform a series of evaluations and identify the likely cause of your Dry Eye symptoms. First, you will complete a Dry Eye lifestyle questionnaire this brief assessment allows us to understand how your eyes feel on a daily basis. If the questionnaire suggests symptoms beyond mild, we will proceed with LipiView®. This technology allows Dr. Rowley to evaluate the lipid (oil) layer on your eye. Here’s how it works: LipiView® takes extremely detailed images of your eye’s tear film.evaluation_img2

The treatment is non-invasive, is performed in our office, and takes under five minutes to complete. If you’ve ever had an extensive eye exam, LipiView® will feel similar. The tear film can be clearly viewed as an array of colors that are reflected when a light source is directed towards the front surface of the eye and readings are instantly calculated and displayed on the LipiView® monitor. Usually, Dr. Rowley will perform a Meibomian gland evaluation. LipiView® is an imaging device that is intended for use by a physician in adult patients to capture pictures of the tear film. The following problems may affect the assessment of a patient’s tear film using the LipiView®:

  • Use of ophthalmic drops such as artificial tear lubricants, ointments, and medications. Patients should not use oil-based ophthalmic drops (e.g., Soothe®, Restasis®) for at least 12 hours before LipiView® assessment. Patients should not use ointments for at least 24 hours prior to LipiView® use. Patients should wait at least 4 hours after the instillation of all other ophthalmic drops prior to LipiView® use.
  • Soft or rigid contact lens wear. Patients should remove contact lenses at least 4 hours prior to device use. Use of oil-based facial cosmetics around the eye.
  • Eye rubbing. Recent swimming in a chlorinated pool. Patients should not swim for at least 12 hours prior to LipiView® use.
  • Any ocular surface condition that affects the stability of the tear film. These conditions include disease, dystrophy, trauma, scarring, surgery, or abnormality. Following these evaluations, we will then determine whether or not you have Evaporative Dry Eye or Meibomian Gland Dysfunction and if you are a candidate for LipiFlow®.

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LipiFlow®, the groundbreaking treatment, addresses the cause of Evaporative Dry Eye If you’ve been unable to receive long-lasting relief from the over-the-counter or prescription remedies you’ve tried, it may be because they haven’t been targeting the primary cause of your condition– the blockage of your Meibomian glands located in your eyelids. Perhaps you’ve tried things like eye drops and warm compresses, which many find inconvenient and only offer short-term relief. The LipiFlow® Thermal Pulsation System, by TearScience®, is a significant technological shift managing evaporative dry eye. With a single procedure, applying a combination of directed heat and pulsation pressure, many find a single treatment effective in relieving the blockage of their Meibomian glands.

The LipiFlow® System is intended for the application of localized heat and pressure therapy in adult patients with evaporative dry eye. Opening the blocked glands may allow your body to resume its natural production of tear film oil. No other Dry Eye THERAPIES do what the Thermal Pulsation System can! LipiFlow® treatment is clinically proven with sustained results. In a clinical study about 79 % of patients reported an improvement in overall dry eye symptoms after a single LipiFlow® treatment. Depending on the severity of your specific condition and your response to treatment, you may need to repeat the LipiFlow® treatment periodically as your symptoms return over time. With LipiFlow® and regular checks and ongoing care to monitor your progress– let us help you experience Dry Eye relief like never before.

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Why is LipiFlow® superior to other Dry Eye therapies?

If you’re a moderate or severe Evaporative Dry Eye sufferer, life can seem like a constant battle to alleviate symptoms. Those drops and warm compresses become a regular ritual. You’ve tried blinking exercises and lid scrubs. And you avoid wearing contact lenses and extended sessions in front of the computer. If this sounds familiar, you may need LipiFlow®. It’s the breakthrough treatment for Evaporative Dry Eye.

LipiFlow® is:

  • The first and only treatment that addresses the cause of Evaporative Dry Eye at the source, allowing your eyelid glands to produce the oils required for a healthy tear film. Other treatments such as warm compresses and drops just give you temporary symptomatic relief.
  • The only treatment that can give you sustained relief through improved gland function. Other treatments require daily, and sometimes even hourly, attention to keep your Evaporative Dry Eye under control.

Goodbye Evaporative Dry Eye. Get started today! If you’re ready to kick Evaporative Dry Eye, all it takes is a phone call to get started. Make an evaluation appointment with Dry Eye Solutions at Apple Valley Vision and determine if you’re a candidate for LipiFlow®.