Dry Eye

Liberal, KS

Dry Eye

Diagnosis and Treatment for Dry Eye, Liberal, KS    

If you feel a stinging or burning sensation in your eyes, you could be suffering from dry eye. Identifying the root cause of your dry eye is crucial to getting the treatment you need to relieve discomfort. At Prairie Vista Eye & Optical in Liberal, KS, our skilled eye care professionals have the expertise and technology to properly diagnose and treat dry eye.    

What is dry eye?    

Dry eye is a common condition that occurs when the eyes do not produce enough tears, or the tears that are produced are of poor quality. Tears are essential for maintaining eye health and for clear vision. They lubricate the eyes, protect against infection, and provide important nutrients to the cornea.     

What causes dry eye?    

There are many factors that can contribute to dry eye, including age, hormonal changes, certain medications, and environmental factors such as dry air or wind. Other conditions, such as blepharitis or autoimmune disorders, can also lead to dry eye.  

The most common reason people develop dry eye is meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD). MGD is an inflammatory disorder of the meibomian glands in your eyelids, which produce lipids that coat your tears to prevent them from evaporating too quickly. When these glands become blocked or clogged with oil, it causes dry eye syndrome.   

What are the symptoms of dry eye?    

When the eyes do not produce enough tears or the tears evaporate too quickly, it can lead to dry, itchy, and irritated eyes. Some other common symptoms of dry eye include: 

  • A scratchy or sandy feeling in your eyes    
  • Increased sensitivity to light    
  • Eye pain or redness    
  • Stringy mucus or discharge from your eyes    
  • Fluctuating vision 
  • Paradoxically, watery eyes may occur because the eyes are producing insufficient tears to keep them lubricated 
  • Blurry vision 
  • Eye fatigue and discomfort after long periods of visual activity, such as computer use or reading 

If you experience any of these symptoms, it’s important to make an appointment with your optometrist to diagnose the cause of your case of dry eye and to get relief.  

How is dry eye diagnosed?    

Dry eye is typically diagnosed through a comprehensive eye exam and evaluation of symptoms by an eye care professional. Tests may include evaluating your tear quality, volume, evaporation rate, and chemical composition.  

LipiView® interferometer for dry eye diagnosis 

At Prairie Vista Eye & Optical in Liberal, we use a LipiView® interferometer to diagnose dry eye syndrome caused by meibomian gland dysfunction. LipiView® is an innovative digital imaging diagnostic tool used to assess the health of the meibomian glands in the lower eyelids. 

During the LipiView® test, the patient sits in front of a special imaging device that captures high-resolution images of the meibomian glands. The device uses interferometry to measure the thickness and quality of the oil layer on the surface of the tears, which can help determine if the meibomian glands are functioning properly. 

The test is non-invasive and painless, taking only a few minutes to complete. The results of the test can help our eye doctor determine the best course of treatment for the patient’s dry eye, such as prescribing eye drops, oral supplements, or other therapies to improve the function of the meibomian glands. 

How do you treat dry eye syndrome?   

Treatment for dry eye depends on the severity of the condition and the underlying cause(s). Common treatments for dry eye include:   

  • Prescription eye drops to reduce inflammation   
  • Treating oil glands   
  • Blinking exercises or proper eyelid hygiene   

If an infection is causing your dry eye symptoms, your eye doctor may also prescribe low-dose antibiotics. In more serious cases where other treatments are ineffective, surgery or therapy may be recommended.   

LipiFlow® dry eye treatment 

Our team at Prairie Vista Eye & Optical offers LipiFlow® as a treatment option for patients with dry eye syndrome due to meibomian gland dysfunction.  

LipiFlow® is a medical device that uses thermal pulsation technology to treat MGD by applying gentle heat and pressure to the meibomian glands.

The treatment is non-invasive and typically takes about 12 minutes to complete. It has been shown to be effective in improving the function of the meibomian glands and relieving symptoms of dry eye syndrome. 

Our eye care professionals evaluate each patient’s specific needs and symptoms to determine if LipiFlow® is the best treatment option. The treatment is performed in our office in Liberal, and patients can typically return to their normal activities immediately following the procedure. 

Schedule a dry eye evaluation in Liberal, KS 

With proper care from an experienced professional, dry eye syndrome can be managed effectively so that you can enjoy comfortable vision. If you suffer from dry eye, our experts are here to help you determine the underlying cause and find lasting relief. Schedule an appointment for a comprehensive eye exam and dry eye evaluation at our office today.