Reducing Dry Eye Symptoms
Tips and a treatment to tackle everyday dry eyes and more serious conditions
From the LifeMinute.TV Team
July 6, 2021
If your eyes are sensitive, dry, scratchy, tired, or excessively teary, you may be experiencing dry eye syndrome. If left untreated, it can cause permanent damage. Doctors say it’s one of the most prevalent conditions they see in their practice.
On average, we spend at least 6 hours a day online. This increased time can cause us to blink less often or only partially blink, and that's problematic. A healthy blink rate is essential to activating the oil-producing meibomian glands, which spread the needed tear oil across the surface of the eye to keep it hydrated.
While there are some great medications and treatments available, many focus on tear deficiency issues. However, in most cases, dry eye symptoms are caused by something else. In fact, the majority of patients experiencing dry eye symptoms have blocked meibomian glands, which is a condition commonly known as meibomian gland dysfunction, or MGD. For the 86% of dry eye patients that do have MGD, there are treatments that can help.
The TearScience® LipiFlow® procedure has been shown to increase gland secretion threefold, on average, with just one treatment. Most patients experience reduced dry eye symptoms by more than 50%. The in-office procedure takes 12 minutes and is the only treatment that utilizes heat and therapeutic massage to remove blockages in the meibomian glands. Removal of the gland blockages is essential to improve gland function and reduce the progression of MGD, the leading cause of dry eye.
Other things you should do on a regular basis to keep your eyes in check? Make sure you’re blinking correctly! The new Blink Break app helps you practice good blinking habits. You can download it for free in the app store. And of course, make sure to visit your eye doctor once a year for regular checkups.
For more information about dry eye or to find a doctor near you, visit dryeyeandmgd.com.