Do You Know The Latest Advancement In Dry Eye Treatment?

  • By Germaine Shock
  • 01 Jun, 2017

Do your eyes ever feel dry and itchy? Do you ever experience eye fatigue, redness, blurred vision, or excessive watering? You could be suffering from dry eyes - especially if you live in Oklahoma City which ranks as the 17th driest city in the U.S. And despite the name, dry eye isn’t just an annoying feeling - it’s a legitimate chronic eye disease that affects an estimated 4.88 million Americans over the age of 50 alone. And since another estimated 89% of the population have never even heard of Dry Eye Syndrome, it’s easy to see why some would just write off those annoying symptoms as a normal part of their lives.

What Is Dry Eye?

To better understand what dry eye is, let’s compare the two different kinds of dry eye - meibomian gland dysfunction and aqueous deficiency dry eye. Meibomian glands are small glands that line the upper and lower rims of the eyelids. These glands secrete oils onto the surface of the eye that help keep your tears from evaporating too quickly. In short, meibomian gland dysfunction or meibomianitis occurs when these glands become blocked or are otherwise malformed and are no longer able to adequately produce the oils necessary to the oily layer of your tears. This results in dryness and discomfort. Typically in cases of meibomianitis, the eyes produce enough tears, but the quality is inadequate.

Conversely, the tears might have enough oil to keep them on the eyes longer, but a dysfunction of the lacrimal gland causes a decrease in tear production altogether - this is the case with aqueous deficiency.

Risk Factors For Dry Eye

Some factors that can increase your risk for dryness and dry eye syndrome are:

  • Hormonal shifts associated with pregnancy, menopause, birth control pills, and hormone replacement therapy
  • Smoking
  • Autoimmune disorders like Sjogren’s, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis
  • Certain medications such as antihistamines, blood pressure medication, and anti depressants
  • Eyelid problems including incomplete closure of the lids when blinking or sleeping
  • Long hours spent on computers or handheld devices
  • Poor eyelid hygiene especially associated with cosmetic use

Conventional Treatment

The treatment for your dryness will be dependent on both the underlying cause as well as the type of dryness you have (inadequate tear production vs inadequate tears). Some of the more common treatment types include over the counter and prescription eye drops that either help to keep the eyes lubricated and comfortable or stimulate tear production, nutritional supplements, massage and heat therapy of the meibomian glands, and occlusion of the tear drainage ducts.

The Latest and Greatest

The newest treatment developed for those suffering from dry eye is is so advanced yet simple that you truly have to experience it to believe it. It takes the hassle of fumbling to get drops in your eyes several times a day (and messing up your makeup if you wear it) or trying to remember a lengthy bedtime heat massage routine completely out of the equation. Sound too good to be true? It isn’t!
True Tear is a compact hand held device that when inserted intranasally stimulates the body’s  trigeminal nerve which in turn sends a message to the body to produce tears. The results are instant and can last for up to several hours. The True Tear device can be used on the go and is easily carried in a pocket or handbag. It consists of a rechargeable base and a disposable hydrogel tip. What’s even better is that when you use True Tear, you are producing your own natural tears vs trying to replace them with an artificial tear or lubricant.

Try It Today!

So where can you find this magical device? Precision Vision of Edmond was actually the first vision care center in Oklahoma to launch it to patients! In fact, we are one of only 20 other practices across the country to have access to the revolutionary product. So give us a call today at 405-341-2062 to set up an appointment to try it out.


Click here for a more comprehensive breakdown of dry eye syndrome and the other treatment options available. And visit the True Tear website for more information on the product!

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