Eye Watering and Excessive Tearing: Dry Eye
Oddly enough, if you are prone to excessive eye watering or tearing, you might actually have a condition called dry eye syndrome. Dry eye occurs when the eyes do not produce sufficient tears or the tears evaporate too quickly. There are two types of dry eye:
- Evaporative Dry Eye, accounting for 86% of all dry eye: caused by blockage to the eyelid glands (meibomian glands) which leads to a shortage of oil on the surface of the tears and quicker-than-normal tear evaporation
- Aqueous Dry Eye, accounting for 14% of all dry eye: occurs when the lacrimal glands do not produce enough tears
Symptoms of Dry Eye
Tears are necessary to help lubricate, protect and nourish our eyes. Without a steady flow of tears, eye irritation will result.
- Light sensitivity
- Eye fatigue
- Blurry vision
Without proper treatment, inadequate tears can make daily activities frustrating, affecting your personal and professional life; activities like reading, watching TV, driving or working on the computer.
Treatment for Dry Eye
For some patients, over-the-counter or prescription eye drops will provide relief for dry eye symptoms. However, if these are ineffective you may need to have an eye doctor assess your situation and determine the root cause of your dry eye. Knowing the reason for your dry eye symptoms is the only way to successfully treat this condition. At the Eye Center of Northern Colorado, our dry eye specialists may recommend:
- Punctal plugs to prevent tear drainage from the eyes
- RESTASIS® eye drops to increase tear production
- LipiFlow treatment to unblock the eyelid glands
LipiFlow®: Relief for Evaporative Dry Eye & Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD)
In order to properly treat dry eye, your doctor must first determine the root cause of your condition. Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD) accounts for 86% of dry eye caused by a blocked tear duct (Evaporative Dry Eye). Products like RESTASIS® do not treat Evaporative Dry Eye. Luckily there is an FDA-approved device that can safely and effectively provide relief: LipiFlow®.
The Eye Center of Northern Colorado is proud to offer our dry eye patients the revolutionary LipiFlow treatment in Fort Collins. Created by TearScience®, LipiFlow was shown to improve Evaporative Dry Eye symptoms in 79% of patients within four weeks of treatment. With LipiFlow technology, it is possible to directly treat the root cause of MGD.
How LipiFlow Works
The LipiFlow Thermal Pulsation System unblocks the eyelid glands, allowing them to resume production of complex natural oils. The treatment includes the application of precisely-controlled heat to the inner eyelid. The single-use activator applies adaptive pressure to stimulate the production of oils for tear film.
Is LipiFlow Right for You?
The LipiFlow treatment may not be right for your eyes. During an eye exam we can perform a series of evaluations to determine the root cause of your dry eye. We will use the non-invasive LipiView interferometer to assess your tear film and the Meibomian Gland EvaluatorTM to examine the quantity and quality of the oils.
Our Loveland dry eye doctors can perform the virtually painless LipiFlow treatment right in our office. Contact us today to schedule an eye exam to see if LipiFlow can provide relief for your dry eye symptoms.