There are many causes of dry eye syndrome. Common triggers include contact lens wear, long hours of computer work or reading, hormonal changes (pregnancy, menopause), certain systemic medications as well as some medical conditions such as arthritis. The most common type of dry eye is evaporative dry eyes. This is due to a shortage of oil on the surface of your tears caused by blocked meibomian glands (oil glands) on the eyelids.
Are all Omega 3 supplements equal?
Not all fish oil supplements are created equal. How the supplement is manufactured depends on how well it is absorbed into the body. A good quality omega 3 supplement contains a high content of EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and is in its triglyceride form. WIth your doctor’s assistance the best formulation and quantity can be prescribed.
What is blepharitis?
Blepharitis is a condition where there is an overgrowth of normal bacteria living along the eyelid margin and eyelashes. It can trap dead skin cells and debris near the surface of the eye. Common symptoms of blepharitis include itching, mattering and crusting of the eyelashes, and eye irritation. If this debris clogs meibomian glands (oil glands) of the eyelid it can contribute to dry eyes. The prevalence of blepharitis increases with age.
How is blepharitis treated?
At Herzig Eye Institute we offer an in-office treatment for blepharitis called BlephEx. This treatment effectively removes debris off the surface of the eyelid to improve the comfort of the eyes and reduce the risk of eyelid infections. BlephEx may need to be repeated at regular intervals based on the severity of the disease.
Can I have the LipiFlow treatment more than once?
Lipiflow is an in-office treatment for dry eye syndrome. Lipiflow is the only FDA- cleared device for treating Meibomian Gland Dysfunction. It works by removing gland blockages and restoring gland function. Lipiflow may need to be repeated every year or two depending on the severity of the disease, and may require maintenance care at home to prolong the benefits of the treatment. That being said, for some patients looking to reduce the need for at home care, the Lipiflow treatment may be repeated more frequently.
Why did you recommend Omega 3 supplements for my dry eyes?
Omega 3 supplements are one way to improve the quality of the oil layer on your tear film.