Dry Eye Treatment in Riverview

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Helping You Manage Dry Eyes

Dry eye can be a challenging condition to deal with—it can leave your eyes feeling irritated, sensitive, and watery, and we want to help you find relief. 

Dry eye can make it difficult to focus on work or even wear your contact lenses. To help you manage dry eyes, we offer treatments like OptiLight by Lumenis, prescription eye drops, lid hygiene exercises, and more. 

Our dry eye services are centered around helping our patients find relief—contact us to schedule your appointment today.

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Your Tears & Dry Eye

Dry eye can develop when your eyes aren’t producing quality tears, or your tears are evaporating too quickly.

Your tear film consists of 3 layers

  • The oily outer layer
  • The watery middle layer
  • The inner mucus layer

When the glands that produce these elements of your tears are not functioning properly or become inflamed, dry eye can occur. Inflammation can also occur from meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD).

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What Is Meibomian Gland Dysfunction?

Meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) is a common condition that affects the function of your meibomian glands, which are responsible for producing the oil layer of the tear film. When these glands become clogged or inflamed, they may not produce enough oil to stop your tears from evaporating too quickly, leading to dry eyes.

Symptoms of MGD can include: 

  • Dryness
  • A gritty feeling in your eyes
  • Redness
  • A stinging sensation in your eyes.

A Closer Look at What Causes Dry Eye

While instabilities in your tear film can cause dry eye, there are other causes of dry eye too, such as:

  • Blepharitis
  • Allergies
  • Defects that affect the eyelid or shape of the eye
  • Certain medications
  • Abnormal eye pressure
  • Laser eye surgery
  • Long-term contact lens wear

The causes of dry eye can vary, so the diagnostic stage is an important step for our team to take. Through the imaging of your meibomian glands, measuring the osmolarity of your tear film, and screening for certain conditions, our team can diagnose dry eye disease and find a treatment plan that’s right for you.

Our Dry Eye Treatment Options

Your environment and other risk factors, such as exposure to dry air or wind, long-term contact lens wear, and digital eye strain, can increase the chances of developing dry eye, and we take that all into account when considering your treatment options.

Following our thorough diagnostic process to determine your specific needs, our team can work with you to develop a treatment plan that can address what’s causing your symptoms and help you get lasting relief.

OptiLight By Lumenis

OptiLight by Lumenis is a light-based, noninvasive treatment done in the area below the eyes to manage dry eye. The first and only IPL FDA-approved for dry eye management.

The treatment is safe, gentle, and is backed by more than 20 clinical studies.

OptiLight uses precise pulses of light to reduce the inflammation that is typically associated with dry eye disease, improve tear break-up time, and increase meibomian gland functionality.

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Medicated eye drops like RESTASIS may be an effective treatment option to relieve your dry eye discomfort. RESTASIS eye drops contain an active ingredient that helps reduce inflammation and increase your eye’s natural ability to produce tears.

Blinking exercises can be a noninvasive strategy to help manage uncomfortable dry eye symptoms. The purpose of blinking exercises is to stimulate the production of tears, which helps keep your eyes lubricated. These exercises are typically simple and can be performed anywhere, requiring no special equipment or tools.

Our team can help walk you through some helpful exercises when you visit us for your appointment.

Treatment methods aimed at your oil glands can help improve dry eye symptoms. These treatments can include warm compresses, eyelid massages, and other in-office procedures.

By focusing on the health of your eyes’ oil glands, we can help you maintain the quality of your tear film and get relief from dry eye symptoms.

Our team will go through your options when you visit us for your dry eye consultation.

Dry Eye Relief at Optix Eye Care

We know life can be hectic and get busy, and you shouldn’t have to slow down because of dry eyes. Our dry eye treatments, such as OptiLight by Lumenis, can help you find relief from dry eyes and continue on with your busy schedule.

Contact us to schedule an appointment today and take your comfort back from dry eyes.

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Come See Us

You can find us just off Symmes Road—we are located in the Rivercrest Commons Shopping Center. Our team looks forward to welcoming you!

Our Address

  • 11422 S US Highway 301
  • Riverview, FL 33578

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Our Brands

Explore our wide range of frames and lenses when you visit our beautiful optical boutique. We feature brands like Gucci, Kate Spade, Michael Kors, Ray-Ban, and more. We also offer modern brands for contact lenses and a variety of different lens treatments for your glasses. 

Visit us today to explore the wide range of eyewear and contact lens options we have to offer.

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