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Dry Eye Treatment in The Woodlands, Texas


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Dry eye occurs when you don't produce enough tears or if you produce poor-quality tears.

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What is Dry Eye Syndrome?

Dry Eye Syndrome, referred to as DES, is a chronic eye condition that occurs when the eyes produce an insufficient amount of tears or when the tears lack the essential balance of elements to lubricate the eye’s surface. A well-lubricated eye blocks foreign bodies or substances from irritating the eye’s surface.

Dr. Lagunas treats patients from all over The Woodlands, helping them achieve long-lasting relief from dry eye syndrome.

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What Causes Dry Eye?

Dry eye can result due to a number of factors, including genetics, environment, the natural aging process, or prescription medications, to name a few.

Hormonal changes are a common cause of dry eye. In fact, women who are pregnant, breastfeeding, taking oral contraceptives, or experiencing menopause tend to experience the uncomfortable symptoms that accompany dry eye syndrome.

Women over the age of 50 have double the risk of developing DES than men of the same age.

Common Dry Eye Symptoms

Patients with DES experience a number of symptoms that can disrupt their daily activities or cause chronic pain.

The most common signs of DES include the following:

  • Blurriness
  • Burning
  • Dryness
  • Feeling as if something is in your eye
  • Irritation
  • Itchy eyes
  • Pain
  • Red eyes
  • Stinging
  • Watery eyes

Those who suffer from DES often try to alleviate the pain by blinking either less or more often, rubbing their eyes, or by using over-the-counter artificial tears.

Why is blinking important? Blinking naturally moisturizes the eyes and gets rid of tiny particles that may enter the eye. Reduced blinking can increase dryness, itching, or redness, making DES symptoms even more acute.

Rubbing your eyes, especially when they’re already irritated, can intensify your symptoms. This is because the added pressure can make the pain worse. Moreover, if your hands aren’t 100% clean, you can unintentionally spread germs or bacteria into your eyes when you rub them. Rubbing the eyes can also cause tiny blood vessels to break, increasing the redness of your eyes.

Artificial tears provide temporary relief by lubricating the eyes with a specific solution. These can be quite effective at alleviating soreness and itchiness, however, excessive use isn’t recommended. Many brands include preservatives, which aren’t good for your health in the long term. Other preservative-free brands can, over time, fail to relieve the basic dry eye symptoms. Patients may find that having to continuously purchase artificial tears can become costly, and consistently using them throughout the day disrupts their daily activities.

Dry Eye Treatments

DES is typically treated with medicated eye drops, anti-inflammatory drops, or a heated compress. Occasionally, the eye doctor may recommend punctal plugs.

These are tiny devices that when inserted into the eye’s tear duct, block any drainage. This can alleviate DES symptoms by preventing moisture from draining out of the eye, ensuring that they stay inside the tear duct area. This increases the moisture level and provides longer-term relief.

Moreover, punctal plugs are not permanent and can be easily removed or replaced, making them a simple, affordable solution to alleviate symptoms.

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Dry Eye Technology

Advancements in medical technology and scientific breakthroughs have made treatment for dry eye easier, offering quicker results and longer-lasting benefits. Some of the latest technologies for DES treatment include InflammaDry, LipiFlow, and TearLab.

Lifetime Eyecare Associates has some of the most cutting-edge and advanced technologies to quickly and effectively test for Dry Eye Syndrome. Let Dr. Lagunas and the talented, experienced staff help get you started on the path to real long-term relief from dry eye.

iLux 2.0


The innovative and personalized iLux® MGD Treatment System addresses Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD), a leading cause of dry eye.

Handheld and portable, the iLux® Device with Smart Tip Patient Interface enables eye doctors to directly target a patient’s blocked Meibomian glands through the application of light-based heat and compression under direct visualization.

This device expands the dry eye treatment offerings and allows eye doctors to tailor treatment to the needs of each patient in a matter of minutes.

LipiFlow


Meibomian glands are located by the eyelashes, towards the edge of the eyelid. These glands secrete oils, which lubricate the eye and keep your tears moist. When the glands become blocked, dry eye develops.

The LipiFlow system takes detailed images of the tear film, helping the eye doctor determine whether you have MGD. Then, a combination of gentle heat and light pressure is applied on both the inside and outside of the eyelid, removing the blockage and stimulating your eye’s natural moisture. The procedure takes around 12 minutes to administer and is done at the practice.

BlephEx


Over 50% of all patients suffer from some type of eyelid symptoms associated with insufficient eyelid hygiene.

BlephEx® is an in-office procedure that allows your eye doctor to take an active role in cleaning your eyelid margins by removing excess bacteria, biofilm and bacterial toxins, the main causes of eyelid symptoms.

BlephEx® cleans eyelids to maintain eyelid hygiene, with regular treatments, the eyelids stay clean and symptom-free, the treatment only takes a few minutes to perform.

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