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Dry Eye

Dry Eye Syndrome is a common eye condition that can be caused by a variety of factors. Dry eye is experienced when they eye cannot produce a sufficient amount of tears, or when the eye is not able to produce high-quality tears to coat the surface of the eye. Dry eye can also be caused by environmental factors and as a side effect of some medications or conditions.

Dry eye affects millions of Americans every year. Dry eye sufferers often experience symptoms such as:

  • Scratching or gritty sensation
  • Itchy, dry, or burning eyes
  • Excessive tear production
  • Trouble focusing
  • Red, irritated eyes
  • Sensitivity to light

Among the most common symptoms of dry eye is excessive tear production. Although this may seem counterintuitive, the eye is actively attempting to counteract dry eye symptoms by producing more tears. However, these tears may be insufficient because they are not of good quality. Quality tears have a balance of oil, water, and mucus, and when these balances are offset even a high quantity of tears are unable to properly lubricate and protect the surface of the eye.

Dry Eye Treatment

Dry Eye Drops

Over-the-counter drops are a common treatment option for Dry Eye, but in many cases do not help to treat the underlying cause of symptoms and the relief is short lived. Dr. Ravi Shah is able to provide a comprehensive evaluation of each patient’s dry eye symptoms, helping to determine causation as well as the best options for symptom relief and treatment.

LipiFlowⓇ Treatment for Dry Eye

Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD) is a common cause of dry eye that occurs when the oils produced by the eye become thick or are unable to pass through the Meibomian Glands. This blockage makes tears unbalanced and can additionally cause inflammation of the glands.

LipiFlow Treatment targets Meibomian Gland Dysfunction. The LipiFlow device is much like a massaging device for the eyes. The device applies heat and gently massages the eyelids where the Meibomian Glands are located, helping the eye to effectively pass oil through the glands and breaking down the obstruction.

TrueTear™ Treatment for Dry Eye

TrueTear is a non-invasive device designed to increase tear production in those suffering from Dry Eye Syndrome. TrueTear addresses another common cause of dry eye: low tear production.

TrueTear works by using neurostimulation to temporarily increase tear production in the eyes. Use of the device can result in reduced eye irritation, and is an alternative to drug based dry eye solutions.

The device is owned by those who use it – so patients are able to apply this treatment method in the privacy of their own home, or wherever they choose.The small hand-held device has two tips that can be inserted into the nose. Once turned on, the TrueTear device sends gentle electrical pulses into the tissues that increase the production of tears. The level of stimulation is adjustable, so individuals are able to customize the experience to their needs. Users only need to apply the TrueTear device for about three minutes or less, and it is recommended that they use the device twice daily for best results.

Dry Eye Consultations with Ravi Shah, M.D.

The Lehigh Valley Eye Center is a Dry Eye Center of Excellence, allowing Dr. Shah to utilize advanced options for treatment and relief. With convenient locations in Allentown and Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, our practice has helped countless patients in the Lehigh Valley area to find the root cause of their symptoms and experience relief from dry eye.

To determine the best solution for your dry eye symptoms, schedule an evaluation with Dr. Ravi Shah. Because dry eye can result from different underlying causes, treatment methods are determined on a case-by-case basis as determined by a medical professional. After a thorough dry eye evaluation, Dr. Shah will determine the method of dry eye treatment that is best for you.

Dry eye can cause ongoing discomfort and reduce overall quality of life. Call Dr. Ravi Shah at the Lehigh Valley Eye Center to learn how you can take control of your dry eye symptoms.

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  • 400 North 17th St.
    Suite 100-106
    Allentown, PA 18104
  • 610-433-0450
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    Suite 800
    Bethlehem, PA 18017
  • 610-867-9900
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