SOLUTIONS THAT WORK

Once we have analyzed the status of your dry eyes at the Center for Eye Comfort, Dr. Roya Habibi will design a treatment plan specific to your diagnosis. Because not all treatments work for everyone, our goal is to find what works best to treat and prevent the progression of your condition.

 

Search through some of our main treatment options:

LipiFlow Thermal Pulsation Treatment

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LipiFlow is the only FDA approved treatment for meibomian gland dysfunction that restores gland function with heat and gentle pressure. The procedure lasts about 12 minutes and is typically done on both eyes at the same time. To read more about LipiFlow, check out these resources: Dry Eye and MGD, Patient Story Videos: MGD and Dry Eye Relief.

Autologous Serum Eye Drops

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Blood Sample

Our natural tears are composed of various components that cannot be duplicated by a normal artificial tear. These include growth factors, vitamins, electrolytes, antioxidants, amino acids, antimicrobial factors and anti-inflammatory factors. We can produce tears from your own blood serum to provide natural healing to the eyes.

Scleral Contact Lenses

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Many patients with dry eye symptoms are told they are no longer candidates for contact lenses or decide to discontinue wearing them due to poor comfort. But you may still have options. Aside from conventional soft contact lenses, you may be a candidate for custom contact lenses that. Scleral contact lenses are large lenses that rest on the sclera, or white of the eye.

Scleral contact lenses provide a fluid barrier to the ocular surface, thus they can be a therapeutic option for patients with dry eyes.

Amniotic Membrane Therapy

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In cases of highly inflamed or overactive tissues, advanced treatment options are often required to quiet the inflammation and heal the tissue. This unique ocular surface bandage is created from cryopreserved, human amniotic membrane tissue. It provides neuroprotective, healing properties to an aching eye and has been approved by the FDA for treating injuries to the cornea and conjunctiva.

Lubricating, Artificial Tears

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Did you know that the average mild to moderate dry eye patient spends approximately $600 annually on treating their dry eye symptoms? There are many choices for which type of artificial tear is best for you (brand, severity of dryness, with or without contacts, with or without preservative), how do you know you are spending your money on the right treatment? Some drops are better for gritty eyes, some better for morning discomfort, some better for itchy eyes. Let us advise you on the best lubricating drop for your eyes.

Punctal Plugs

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The tears coating the eye are continuously produced by glands around or within the eyelids. The tears then leave the eye through a small drainage system found near the nose on the upper and lower eyelid. In people who produce low amounts of tears, one effective treatment option is to plug the entry points to the tear drainage system, called the puncta.

Anti-Inflammatory Eye Drops

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Steroid eye drops are a short term treatment that decreases inflammation in the eye. They provide quick relief, but long term use are not recommended due to the risk of cataract formation and increased eye pressure (which can lead to glaucoma).

Restasis/Xiidra: If steroid eye drops improve the comfort of the eye, this is an indication that something else can help. Although it is slower to act, these drops have been shown to improve tear production, alleviate symptoms (via dry eye surveys), reduce dependency on artificial tears, and stabilize vision.

Neurostimulating Device: TrueTear

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TrueTear Neurostimuating device is the first of it's kind in attempts to communicate to the brain to stimulate a full, natural tear. TrueTear is unique, drop-less option in that through mild stimulation to the nose, you are able to sense immediate increase in tears and relief in symptoms. 

Ask for trial next time you are in. Check out https://www.truetear.com/ for more details.

Oral Medications

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Medical Prescription

Two particular classes of antibiotics, Azithromycin and Doxycycline, are known to decrease inflammation in the eyelids and improve symptoms of dry eye. The mechanism is not fully understood, but studies show a significant symptomatic improvement, stabilization of the tear film, and an improvement in ocular staining with treatment.

Natural Supplements

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Bottles of Homeopathy Globules

Omega 3 fatty acids are involved in the natural anti-inflammatory process of the body. These fatty acids help stabilize the tear film of the eye by providing good quality oils and improve the secretion quality of meibomian glands. EPA and DHA are the two active ingredients in omega 3 and 2000mg daily is advised. NOTE: Not all supplements are created equal.

Turmeric is another great natural anti-inflammatory.

Night Time Eye Protection

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Wear a night time mask: Many people don’t completely close their eyelids during sleep. This causes dryness of the surface of the eye through the night leading to increased dryness, burning or blurry vision in the morning.

Lid Hygiene Products

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There are natural "bugs" or micro-organisms that live on our face and around our eyes. Using calming ingredients to cleanse around the eye can decrease build up of irritation around the eye. Dr. Habibi is highly selective on what she recommends in attempts to avoid any irritating ingredients that could make your sore eyes feel worse. Some favorites include Avenova Spray or We Love Eyes Products.