Dry Eye Management

Dry Eye Syndrome

A common condition characterized by insufficient moisture and lubrication on the surface of the eye. Symptoms may include irritation, redness, discharge, and easily fatigued eyes. Dry Eye can result from various factors, including environmental conditions, age, medications, and certain medical conditions.

At Atlanta Eye Group, we understand the discomfort and inconvenience caused by Dry Eye. Our specialized dry eye treatment services are designed to provide relief and improve your eye health. We offer a comprehensive range of options, from advanced diagnostic tests to personalized treatment plans.

Evaluation and Treatment

We believe in a personalized approach to managing dry eye syndrome. Our comprehensive dry eye evaluation is the first step towards finding relief. During this evaluation, our specialists may use various diagnostic techniques, including staining the eye, expressing the glands, and utilizing advanced scanning technology. We also gather subjective data to understand how and when dry eye affects you personally.
Based on these assessments, we'll customize a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. Our goal is to alleviate your symptoms and improve your overall eye health.
To book a dry eye evaluation, simply call our office and request an appointment with one of our dry eye specialists.

Artificial Tears and Lubricants

Choosing the right artificial tears can be a daunting task, especially in light of recent events involving unsafe eye drop products. At Atlanta Eye Group, we prioritize your safety and guide you in selecting artificial tears that are not only effective but also meet the highest standards of safety.

While artificial tears and lubricants can provide immediate relief for mild cases of dry eye, they may not be sufficient for moderate to severe cases. These over-the-counter solutions offer temporary relief but do not address the underlying cause of dry eye. During your evaluation, we will determine if artificial tears are appropriate for your condition and, if so, recommend the most suitable option for you.

Prescription Medications​​​​​​​

For more persistent or severe cases of dry eye, prescription medications may be necessary to provide relief and address the underlying causes of the condition. These medications can help increase tear production, reduce inflammation, or improve the quality of your tears. Our dry eye specialists will work with you to determine the most appropriate medication based on your specific needs and ensure that you receive the most effective treatment for your dry eye syndrome.

Punctal Plugs

​​​​​Punctal plugs are a minimally invasive solution for dry eye, designed to retain moisture on the eye's surface by preventing tear drainage through the tear ducts. These tiny plugs are inserted into the punctal openings of the tear ducts, effectively creating a barrier to keep your eyes lubricated for longer periods. To determine if punctal plugs are a safe and effective option for you, our specialists may conduct specialized tests to assess the anatomy and function of your tear ducts. This ensures that the treatment is tailored to your specific needs and provides the best possible outcome for your dry eye condition.

LipiFlow® Thermal Pulsation System

​​​​​​​The LipiFlow® Thermal Pulsation System is a revolutionary treatment that addresses the root cause of many dry eye cases, especially those related to Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD). This advanced system applies a combination of heat and gentle pressure to the eyelids, unclogging the meibomian glands and allowing them to produce the oils essential for a healthy tear film. The procedure is quick, typically taking under 15 minutes, and provides long-lasting relief from dry eye symptoms. Our specialists will evaluate your condition to determine if LipiFlow® is the most suitable treatment option for you.

Scleral Lenses and Amniotic Membranes

Scleral lenses are a specialized type of contact lens that can provide relief for severe dry eye symptoms. These large-diameter lenses vault over the cornea and rest on the sclera, creating a tear-filled reservoir that keeps the eye's surface moist and protected throughout the day. They are particularly beneficial for patients with irregular corneas or those who have not found relief with other treatments.

Amniotic membranes, derived from the innermost layer of the placenta, are used in eye care for their natural healing properties. When placed on the eye, these membranes provide a protective barrier that promotes healing, reduces inflammation, and alleviates dry eye symptoms. This treatment is often considered for patients with persistent dry eye conditions or those recovering from eye surgery.

Our team at Atlanta Eye Group is extremely experienced in fitting scleral lenses and applying amniotic membranes, tailoring each treatment to the individual needs of our patients to ensure optimal comfort and effectiveness.

Lifestyle and Environmental Adjustments

Making small changes to your lifestyle and environment can have a significant impact on managing dry eye symptoms. Simple adjustments such as using a humidifier to add moisture to the air, taking regular breaks during screen time to reduce eye strain, and wearing sunglasses to protect your eyes from wind and UV rays can make a noticeable difference.

In addition to these changes, maintaining proper eyelid hygiene is crucial for preventing and managing dry eyes. We recommend the use of warm compresses, such as the Bruder Moist Heat Eye Compress, to help unblock the meibomian glands and promote healthy tear production. Regular cleaning of the eyelids with gentle, specially formulated cleansers can also prevent the buildup of oils and debris that can contribute to dry eye symptoms.

Follow Up!

Maintaining open communication with your eye care provider is essential for the successful management of dry eye syndrome. We encourage you to keep us informed about your progress and any changes in your symptoms. Regular follow-up appointments allow us to monitor your condition, assess the effectiveness of your treatment plan, and make any necessary modifications to ensure that you continue to experience relief and improvement in your eye health. Your partnership with Atlanta Eye Group is key to achieving the best possible outcome for your dry eye journey.

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