Dry Eyes

Dry eyes can cause distracting and irritating symptoms that interfere with your day-to-day life.

At Laser Vision Correction Center of New Jersey, we offer a variety of treatments for dry eye syndrome.

So why should you see a professional about dry eyes?

There Are Two Types That Have Different Treatment Options

Aqueous Tear-Deficient Dry Eye

Patients with aqueous tear-deficient dry eye do not produce enough natural moisture to keep their eyes comfortable and healthy. Depending on the cause of your deficiency, our doctors may recommend eye drops, punctal plugs, or another method to restore eye health.

Evaporative Dry Eye

When your eyes produce poor-quality tears that evaporate too quickly, it is called evaporative dry eye (EDE). This common form of dry eye syndrome may require lifestyle changes or a treatment to unblock certain glands in your eye.

Let's take a look at the parts of the eye that affect tear production...

Tears Are a Complex Mixture of Water, Fatty Oils, and Mucus

Your tears are a crucial part of keeping your eyes healthy and comfortable. The three layers of your tear film need to work in balance. Issues with any layer can cause dry eyes.

In some cases, the lacrimal gland will simply not produce enough water to maintain the aqueous layer. In others, the meibomian gland can become blocked, causing an imbalance in the lipid layer. 

Our team at Laser Vision Correction Center of New Jersey can assess your tear film and other aspects of your ocular health to identify what is causing your dry eye syndrome.

Learn Moreabout Dry Eye Syndrome

Dry Eye Symptoms

Dry eye syndrome can cause a variety of uncomfortable symptoms, including redness, eye fatigue, and sensitivity to light. Sufferers often have difficulty wearing contact lenses. Quality of life is often compromised as everyday activities, such as reading or using a computer for a prolonged period, become difficult. Patients may have trouble tolerating dry environments, such as the inside of an airplane or an air-conditioned space. In order to help patients find relief, we provide comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of dry eye syndrome using the latest innovations.

Dry Eye Causes

Dry eye syndrome can be the result of inadequate tear production, increased evaporation of tears, or an imbalance in the makeup of your tears. Women are at a higher risk of developing dry eye, often during pregnancy or menopause. Health conditions, certain medications, and vitamin deficiencies can also cause dry eye. During a consultation, we will examine your medical history and your lifestyle to determine the cause of your condition.

Dry Eye Diagnosis

Laser Vision Correction Center of New Jersey uses several diagnostic tools to determine the severity of dry eye syndrome. We use the TearLab® system, which analyzes the composition of a small tear sample. Keratography involves analyzing the meibomian glands, which are located at the rim of the eyelids and are responsible for producing the oil that prevents tear evaporation. InflammaDry® can analyze tears for the presence of inflammatory substances, which can contribute to dry eye syndrome.

Dry Eye Treatment

Treatment often involves addressing underlying medical issues that contribute to dry eye. Artificial tears can help with everyday maintenance, and dietary changes can also improve the composition of your tears. Your doctor may recommend a prescription anti-inflammatory medication as a first line of treatment.  If conservative treatments are not enough, we offer treatments such as the MiBo Thermoflo® system or IPL (Intense Pulsed Light)

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Therapy

Often, blepharitis is caused by meibomian gland dysfunction, which limits the amount of oils secreted into the tears. To address this condition, Dr. Miller uses IPL (Intense Pulsed Light). This device emits bursts of light at different wavelengths to effectively reduce symptoms. IPL therapy can also be used to address rosacea and eyelid inflammation in some cases of dry eyes.

Dry Eye Technology

Our practice uses a variety of technologies to help patients with dry eye syndrome. Our diagnostic tools, including keratography, TearLab®, and InflammaDry®, help reveal the underlying causes of dry eye syndrome. This information guides us in creating a custom treatment plan that may involve the MiBo Thermoflo system, which uses heat energy to treat dry eye. We take all the time necessary to analyze your symptoms and uncover the reasons you may be experiencing dry eye. We can then create a custom treatment plan to help you find relief.

TrueTear®

The innovative TrueTear system uses neurostimulation to provide a temporary increase in tear production. This state-of-the-art device is an easy-to-use alternative to eye drops and medication, putting you in control of your eye comfort.

Laser Vision Correction Center of New Jersey

Dr. Miller
Dr. Kenneth S. Miller

Founded in 1967, the Laser Vision Correction Center of New Jersey is one of the most highly respected ophthalmology practices in the area. Led by Dr. Kenneth Miller, our team of doctors provides a wide range of laser eye surgery procedures.

We are proud to be affiliated with:

  • National Board of Medical Examiners
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • The New Jersey Academy of Ophthalmology

For more information about our services, contact our practice online or call (973) 325-3300 today.

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101 Old Short Hills Rd
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