50% of Dry Eye is from MGD
Before discussing treatments that help address the lack of tear volume, it’s important to state that approximately 50% of dry eye is due to Meibomian Gland Dysfunction or MGD (also known as posterior blepharitis). We have invested heavily in the latest effective treatments for MGD, click here for more information on the latest treatment for MDG – called IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) therapy.
Artificial Tear Drops
The most common way to relieve symptoms and treat dry eye is to prescribe lubricating drops and gels. There are variety of different formulations – each with their own specific benefits. In general drops are recommended during daytime and gels at night prior to sleep.
In general drops should be applied frequently and will be required long term.
Another approach to increasing tear volume is to prevent tear from draining out of the eye. Punctal plugs are tiny implants that are placed into the tear drainage system. This is a minor in-office procedure. Our Optometrists will first assess the size of the opening and then determine the appropriate size plug, Punctal plugs do not eliminate the need to use tear drops but generally are effective in reducing the amount of times you need to apply tear drops.