Dry Eye Healing and Therapy Clinic

at ClearVue

What is Dry Eye?

Dry Eye Syndrome, a condition that is part of a larger set of issues known as Ocular Surface Disease, is very common in Northern California.  Our heat, wind, low-humidity, and allergy prone region has created a near epidemic of dry eye.

While we've been seeing dry eye patients since day one, the technology has not been readily available to address these issues in a comprehensive manner...until recently.  We spent a year doing research and investing in training so that we could employ the safest and most effective treatment options available.

What Causes Dry Eye?

Dry Eye is complex, multifactoral, & may be caused by:

  • Evaporation
  • Unbalanced chemistry of your tears
  • Environment
  • Side-effects of medication
  • Overuse of devices and screens
  • Contact lens wear
  • Insufficient blinking
  • Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD)

Experts estimate that 80% of Dry Eye is caused by Meibomian Glad Dysfunction.  MGD is an abnormality affecting the function and/or structure of the oil producing glands in your eyelids.  The oils secreted by this gland are critical to maintaining proper tear chemistry and function.  MGD is a chronic and obstructive disease that causes shortening and atrophy of the glands, which, once blocked, do not re-open.

Early diagnosis and treatment is critical.

Do I have Dry Eye?

Dry Eye can be deceiving.  One of the most common symptoms is excessive watering or tearing, which can seem very counter-intuitive.  We often hear patients say, "I don't have dry eye - my eyes never stop watering."  

This is a common misconception; what's happening is the eye waters excessively to compensate for dryness, but never catches up.  They simply cannot produce the right kind of tears.  Other common symptoms include redness, grittiness, & irritation.

Thankfully, we have numerous tools at our disposal, and can customize treatments based on both the cause and severity of your particular symptoms and root causes.

Alleviating Dry Eye

We've developed a comprehensive treatment protocol that allows us to address symptoms of Dry Eye and Ocular Surface Disease from multiple angles.  With some patients we take a conservative approach, while with others we address the issues with more aggressive treatments.  Some early interventions may include:

  • Lifestyle modifications
  • Prescription eye drops
  • Hydration masks / Sleeping masks
  • Dietary Change, nutraceuticals, or supplements
  • Lid and ocular surface hygiene products and practices.

One common mistake many patients make is the use of over-the-counter eye drops.  Most of these drops contain bleaching agents, preservatives, and other drying agents that provide amazing relief for a few minutes or hours, but actually aggravate and perpetuate the problem, leaving you worse off every time you use them.

The first step to relief is to schedule a Dry Eye Evaluation.  Reach out us at healing@clearvue.org.

Treatment for Dry Eye

Sometimes, we have to be even more proactive - taking measures to release the beneficial oils that have stopped flowing from the meibomian glands.  In some cases, patients have such extensive gland loss that we must move directly to treatment in order to prevent any further damage.

ClearVue has partnered with Lipiflow, a technology that safely and comfortably treats both the lower and upper meibomian glands of the eyelids.  This is a minor procedure that takes about 15-20 minutes from beginning to end.  Most patients say the treatment is actually very relaxing.  It's like a spa treatment for your eyes, with results that have long-lasted effects.

We'd be happy to discuss your options with you.

Let us help.

We are thrilled with the results we've been seeing with our Dry Eye suffering patients...including many of our own staff.  We're confident we can find relief for you too.  If you've already had your annual eye evaluation, here or elsewhere, a Dry Eye Evaluation would be the next step.  Call or email today to get started.   healing@clearvue.org or  916-757-6236