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Kissimmee Dry Eye Center

What is Dry Eye?

The term is pretty self-explanatory, but essentially, dry eye is a common ocular condition that happens when a person's tear ducts aren't able to produce enough lubrication for the eyes and eyelids. The end result is an uncomfortable feeling of dryness; some who suffer from dry eye even describe the feeling as having grit or debris in their eyes.

Dry eye can be a genetic condition, or it can be brought on as a result of one's lifestyle or environment. Either way, dry eye is something that should be treated by an eyecare professional.

Dry Eye Syndrome

Dangers of Dry Eye

In addition to being very uncomfortable, dry eye can also be dangerous in a number of ways. For example, many people who suffer from dry eye also experience tired eyes, blurred vision, and even sensitivity to light. This can be dangerous for those who drive or operate heavy machinery.

Furthermore, those with dry eye may have eyes that become reddened and inflamed, which can also be painful. In more severe cases, it's even possible for eye infections to occur as a result of a lack of eye lubrication. This can lead to scarring of the cornea.

Diagnosing Dry Eyes

Lipiview

The LipiView analysis is vital in detecting the level of a patient’s dry eyes. LipiView, is a sophisticated instrument with a built-in interferometer, and uses new imaging technology to assess the make-up of your tear fluid. Using LipiView, Dr. Chouldri can determine the likely cause of your chronic dry eye symptoms and prescribe the appropriate treatment.

Osmolarity

Osmolarity instruments are used to measure the osmolarity of human tears to aid in the diagnosis of dry eye disease (with an indication to its severity) in patients suspected of having dry eye disease, in conjunction with other methods of clinical evaluation.

Allergy Testing

Differentiating between allergic conjunctivitis and dry-eye syndrome can be a challenging task as they share many of the same symptoms like eye redness and irritation. By completing the allergy test Dr. Chouldri and her team will be able to properly diagnose and treat your eye condition.

Options for Dry Eye Relief

Are you looking for dry eye relief? If so, then the experts here at Eye Care Specialists of Florida may be able to help. We specialize in the treatment of dry eyes. We'll begin by carefully assessing your condition and its severity while taking into consideration the impact it has been having on your life.

From there, we'll discuss your potential treatment options. Typically, we like to start by trying over-the-counter eye drops or even prescription medication to increase tear production. In some cases, adding more omega-3 fatty acids into one's diet can also help.

As a last resort, there is also the option of surgery to plug up the tear ducts, thus preventing the ducts to drain tears back into the body. This results in increased opportunity for lubrication of the eye.

Oasis Tears/Tears Plus

Instead of constantly putting over-the-counter eye drops in your eyes for relief of dry eye symptoms, your eye doctor in Kissimmee recommends a preservative-free, prescription eye lubricant called Oasis TEARS®. Providing extended symptom relief by lubricating and coating eye tissues, Oasis TEARS® keeps your eyes moist by re-coating your eyes every time you blink. Three different types of Oasis TEARS® are available to alleviate mild, moderate and severe dry eye irritation, itching, burning and minor pain. Following an evaluation of your dry eye condition, your eye doctor will prescribe an Oasis TEARS® product formulated to address the severity of your dry eye condition. Because Oasis TEARS® are longer lasting than other lubricating eye drops, you won't need to stop what you are doing every 30 minutes to put eye drops in your eyes.

Punctal Plugs

Punctal plugs are used to close the tear duct to prevent tear drainage. This allows your own tears to bathe your eye for a longer period of time. Relief from dry eye symptoms may be immediate for some patients, while others may be more gradual. Artificial tears may be used in conjunction with punctual plugs for more severe cases of dry eye. 

Bruder Eye Compress

The bruder moist heat eye compress relieves dryness simply, naturally and conveniently. The compress helps stabilize the tear film, improves oil gland function and slows tear evaporation. Properly hydrated and lubricated eyes can expel bacteria and debris more efficiently so your eyes will feel refreshed and rejuvenated.

Cliradex Towelette        

Cliradex is a preservative free, all natural eyelid and facial cleansing solution. For optimal eye and skin health, it is recommended for people who suffer from eye conditions like belpharitis, dry eye, conjunctivitis and other eye disorders.

HypoChlor Lid Scrub

Healthy eyelids are crucial to the overall health of the eye, therefore ongoing eyelid hygine is essential for maintaining healthy eyes. For severe eyelids conditions sometimes you need a little extra anti-bacterial boost. That is where HypoChlor Lid Scrub can be an effective addition to your eyelid hygiene in the most severe cases of discomfort.

HydroEye SoftGels Vitamins

The key to relieving irritated dry eyes is to maintain a healthy tear film, the trilayered coating that protects and lubricates your eyes. Clinically tested, HydroEye provides a balanced mixture of omega fatty acids and nutrient cofactors to support all three levels of tear film production.

PROKERA

Eye Care Specialists of Florida is pleased to offer our patients PROKERA, a new treatment for chronic Dry Eye that heals the surface of your eye (cornea) and returns your eye to a normal, healthy state. PROKERA is a simple procedure and is easily inserted and removed in our office. Once removed your cornea is rejuvenated so you can see and feel better. In a recent patient survey, 93% of patients with Dry Eye said they felt better after treatment with PROKERA. 

PROKERA is similar to a contact lens and is made of amniotic tissue, which is known for its natural therapeutic actions and heals your eye faster with less pain, scarring, and inflammation. The amniotic tissue used in PROKERA is provided by a tissue bank regulated by the FDA and has passed numerous quality control tests making it safe and effective. Clinical studies have known PROKERA reduces the signs and symptoms of Dry Eye, and helps soothe pain, heal the eye, and improve vision. 

PROKERA is the only U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-cleared therapeutic device that reduces inflammation and promotes healing. For more information visit www.prokerainfo.com or check out our recent PROKERA press release. 

Treatment Procedures for Meibomian Glands, Blepharitis, Dry Eyes

BlephEx

If you are suffering from blepharitis symptoms, you want fast relief. BlephEx treatments from your eye doctor in Kissimmee delivers an instant result that is unmatched. BlephEx is a new, patented procedure that uses a BlephEx hand-piece to thoroughly clean and exfoliate the edges of your eyelids and eyelashes. In a pain-free procedure lasting less than 10 minutes, the micro-sponge clears your eyelids of debris for a noticeable improvement. After the procedure, following up with proper at-home care helps prevent symptoms. Depending on the severity of blepharitis, BlephEx treatments from your eye doctor in Kissimmee may be necessary every four to six months.

Lipivflow treatment

The LipiFlow® treatment applies heat and pressure to the inner eyelid, optimizing its ability to heat and clear the meibomian glands and safely remove glad obstructions and stagnant gland contents. LipiFlow provides a level of accuracy and quality to treat dry eye patients with confidence and ease.

Dry Eye Treatment Products

Oasis TEARS

Bruder Eye Compress

Cliradex Towelette

HypoChlor Lid Scrub

HydroEye SoftGels Vitamins

More From Eye Care Specialists of Florida

If you're looking for help with dry eye or any other eye problems you may be experiencing, turn to the professionals here at Eye Care Specialists of Florida. You can schedule an appointment for your evaluation with our team or find out more about the specific services we offer by giving our office a call at (407) 483-0328. Call today to get started on the path to dry eye relief.

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