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TearCare: Providing Relief for Patients with Chronic Dry Eye

Do your eyes itch, burn, sting, or feel sore? Do you use artificial tears and over-the-counter medications, but still experience pain or redness in your eyes? There’s a chance you may have Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD), the leading cause of Dry Eye Disease.

The TearCare System is one of the latest treatments on the market that offers relief to those with Meibomian Gland Dysfunction, Dry Eyes, and Blepharitis, and at the Complete Family Eye Care, we’re proud to have it in our arsenal of advanced treatments for dry eye syndrome.

Contact Dr. Kenneth Garza to get the relief you’ve been searching for with this proven TearCare system.

What is TearCare for Dry Eye and Blepharitis?

TearCare is a relatively new method of treatment for Meibomian Gland Dysfunction and Blepharitis. It is a wearable eyelid technology device that administers gentle heat directly to the meibomian glands to liquefy the meibum, remove blockages and stimulate tear production.

How Does TearCare Work?

TearCare includes two flexible eyelid devices, which Dr. Kenneth Garza will place on your upper and lower eyelids. They’re made of a soft, flexible material that conform to your eye’s natural shape and sit comfortably throughout the procedure. Unlike other treatment methods, TearCare allows the patient’s eyes to remain open and blinking throughout the procedure.

The entire process typically lasts for 2 ½ minutes and takes place in the Complete Family Eye Care office. After TearCare, your eye doctor may manually

clear away obstructions released from the meibomian glands.

To learn more about the TearCare procedure, watch this video tutorial.

Is TearCare Safe?

TearCare is a safe and effective treatment method. The two eyelid devices contain temperature sensors that communicate with the smart hub multiple times per second, ensuring an even delivery of heat to the meibomian glands. The device, controlled by computer software, is customizable and safely monitored throughout the entire process.

The TearCare Device

TearCare is a 4-in-1 system that includes:

  1. A smart hub, which is controlled by computer software to deliver the thermal heat to the eyelids
  2. A charging station for the smart hub
  3. One-time use eyelid devices that gently conform to your eyelids
  4. A one-time use instrument to manually remove blockages from the glands

What are the Benefits of TearCare?

The usual Meibomian Gland Dysfunction treatment methods tend to include medical technologies that sit over both eyes. With the TearCare system, your eyes remain open and you can blink normally throughout, which allows for a more comfortable and natural-feeling procedure while providing you with quicker results than traditional treatments. With TearCare, tears are stimulated and blockages removed, thus preventing permanent damage to your meibomian glands and providing you with long-lasting relief.

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Patients using the TearCare system should be at least 22 years old.

If you wear contact lenses, they must be removed prior to the TearCare procedure. Following treatment, you will need to wait one hour before re-inserting them.

Please let us know If you have an ocular surface abnormality, such as a corneal dystrophy or a similar condition. TearCare may not be suitable in such cases. Inform us prior to administering the treatment in order to ensure an effective, comfortable procedure.

What Are the Side Effects of TearCare?

Just as with all procedures, there may be certain side effects associated with the use of the TearCare system. These may include:

  • Allergic reaction to the adhesive underneath the eyelid devices
  • Conjunctivitis (commonly called ‘pink eye’)
  • Corneal abrasion
  • Styes
  • Swelling or burning of the eyelids

Should you experience any side effects, contact Dr. Kenneth Garza right away.

Fortunately, among its many benefits is TearCare’s customizable system. This allows us to adjust the settings as needed and treat any discomfort or side effects in our office.

TearCare For Your Dry Eye

If your Dry Eye is caused by Meibomian Gland Dysfunction, speak to about the TearCare system. The caring and knowledgeable staff at Complete Family Eye Care is here to help our dry eye patients experience the best vision care thanks to our advanced solutions and treatments.

Our practice serves patients from McKinney, TX and surrounding communities.
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Lumenis Optilight Intense Pulsed Light Therapy (IPL)

Lumenis Optilight Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Therapy is among the more groundbreaking treatments for dry eye and styes. This in-office treatment uses specific wavelengths of light to reduce inflammation around the eyes, enabling oil-producing meibomian glands to better lubricate the eyes and significantly reduce unpleasant dry eye symptoms.

OptiLight IPL 01How Does Lumenis Optilight IPL Treatment Work?

The primary cause of dry eye syndrome is Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD), which occurs when the oil-producing meibomian glands are clogged up and unable to produce a healthy tear film. The oil is crucial as it stops your tear film from evaporating too rapidly.

During the Optilight IPL procedure, the heat emanating from the light helps liquify and release oils that have hardened and clogged the meibomian glands in the eyelids, thus reducing blockages that cause dry eye symptoms and improving the quality of your tears.

Lumenis Optilight IPL Treatment

We start your Optilight IPL treatment by placing shields over your eyes to protect them from the light pulses. Following that, a thin layer of cooling gel is applied to the treatment area and a small device administers the pulses of light to the region around the eyelids, which then dislodge oil buildup.

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After administering Optilight IPL, Dr. Kenneth Garza will express oil from the glands, which will restore normal oil flow in the tear film. Though patients usually notice an improvement in dry eye symptoms following their first or second treatment, it is generally recommended they undergo monthly Optilight IPL treatments over a period of 4 months. This ensures long-term success in treating both chronic dry eye syndrome and Meibomian Gland Dysfunction.

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While certain patients notice immediate improvements in their dry eye symptoms, it generally takes a series of treatments to experience drastic change.

Following the treatment, you may experience blurred vision for several days. There is no reason for concern, as it indicates that your meibomian glands are expressing more oil than your eyes are accustomed to. Aside from this, no downtime is required and you should be able to return to your daily activities right after the treatment.

How Is Lumenis Optilight IPL Different From Other Dry Eye Treatments?

Standard dry eye treatments, such as eye drops, artificial tears, hot compresses, and eyelid scrubs, aim to temporarily relieve symptoms instead of treating the root cause of the condition. Optilight IPL is unique in that they each target the source – the blood vessels surrounding the glands — enabling them to secrete oils naturally and resume their moisturizing function. This not only relieves symptoms but also slows the progression of chronic dry eye.

What can I expect from the OptiLight treatment?

  1. You may experience a warm sensation as light is applied to the skin. The treatment is gentle with minimal discomfort.
  2. You can return to your daily activities and apply makeup straight away in most cases.
  3. Patients usually report an improvement after the 2nd or 3rd session.
  4. 4 sessions, spaced 2-4 weeks apart. Each session usually takes only 10-15 minutes.
  5. OptiLight dry eye treatment is applied on the skin below the eyes and is non-invasive.
  6. During treatment, your practitioner will cover your eyes with shields and apply a thin layer of coupling gel on the treatment area.

FAQs

What is OptiLight?

OptiLight is a light-based treatment that uses precise, intense broad spectrum light to address dry eye disease due to meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD). MGD is the most common cause of dry eye disease, accounting for about 86% of cases. The treatment addresses inflammation, which is one of the key underlying factors in MGD. OptiLight was specifically developed to reach the delicate contours of the treated area safely, effectively and gently using the OPT™ technology.

What is the OPT™ technology?

Lumenis’ patented technology OPT™ (Optimal Pulse Technology) transforms the use of light and allows targeted, uniform, precise, and controlled treatment. Specifically designed for the delicate area below the eye, OPT™ safely and effectively breaks the vicious cycle of inflammation associated with dry eye.

How does OptiLight work?

OptiLight is a multi-factorial treatment for a multi-factorial disease. It addresses the disease by reducing major sources of inflammation leading to dry eye disease such as abnormal blood vessels, Demodex mites, and pro-inflammatory agents. OptiLight restors the function of meibomian glands and delays evaporation of the tear film.

What does treatment with OptiLight involve?

Treatment protocol typically consists of 4 sessions, at 2 to 4 weeks apart:

  • During treatment, your practitioner will cover your eyes with shields and apply a thin layer of coupling gel on the treatment area.
  • During treatment, light is applied on the skin below the eyes, most patients report minimal discomfort.
  • OptiLight is followed by meibomian gland expression.
  • Each session takes only 10-15 minutes. There is no downtime, you can resume your daily activities immediately.

When should I expect an improvement?

Patients typically report improvement after 2 to 3 treatments. For optimal results, 4 sessions are advised. To ensure long-term results, a maintenance session is recommended every 6-12 months.

What should I expect after treatment?

You may experience some redness immediately following treatment. This will usually disappear within a few hours. You can return to your daily activities and apply makeup straight away in most cases. You will be advised to stay out of direct sunlight for a few days and to apply sunscreen.

If you have tried various treatments and still struggle with unpleasant dry eye symptoms, we can help. Contact Complete Family Eye Care today.

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Oculus Keratograph

Oculus Keratograph ThumbnailIntroducing the new Oculus Keratograph at Complete Family Eye Care

What patients find fascinating about the Oculus Keratograph is the sheer amount of information that this technology can produce in such a short amount of time when being tested. It not only measures tear break-up time, ocular irritation by rating the redness of the conjunctiva or white part of the eye, evaluating the thickness of the event of the tear layer or the oil layer of the tears as well as the ability to take pictures of the meibomian glands.

This is the most fascinating thing to bring up pictures of the patients’ glands in the exam room and grade them on a scale so that they can see exactly why they are having the symptoms they have from meibomian gland dysfunction. Oftentimes, we hear patients say “Oh my goodness, those are my glands!”

Educating patients in the exam room is much easier with all of these indicators to the patient. It also measures tear breakup time which is the amount of time between blinks before the tear layer starts to dissipate. By far, the most quantitative technology available to test for dry eye.

Call Complete Family Eye Care on 972-525-7029 to schedule an Dry Eye Exam with our McKinney optometrist. Alternatively, book an appointment online here CLICK FOR AN APPOINTMENT

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How To Use a Warm Compress Correctly For Dry Eye

For those suffering from Dry Eye Syndrome (DES), finding relief from dry, red, irritated eyes may be a top priority. Dry Eye Syndrome (DES) is now understood to be caused by many factors including pollution, allergies, too few tears or poor tear quality.

Fortunately, there is a safe, effective, and user-friendly method to alleviate symptoms at home: warm compresses for the eyes.

Do I Have Dry Eye Syndrome?

Dry eye can be caused by numerous factors, with symptoms ranging from mild to severe. Symptoms include:

  • Dry, itchy eyes
  • Watery eyes
  • Fatigued or sore eyes
  • Red eyes
  • Blurred vision
  • Photophobia (light sensitivity)

If you suspect that you may have dry eye or experience any of the above symptoms, speak with Dr. Kenneth Garza regarding the various dry eye treatments available to ease your discomfort and improve your condition.

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A warm compress has been proven to be effective in relieving irritating dry eye symptoms.

  1. The first step in dealing with anything eye care-related is to thoroughly wash your hands with warm water and soap.
  2. Fill a clean bowl with warm water, just hot enough to comfortably feel the warmth with your fingers.
  3. Soak a clean washcloth in the warm water. Be sure to use clean water with nothing diluted in it. Face cleansers or Epsom salts can irritate or burn the eyes and should not be added.
  4. Ring out the washcloth so that it’s damp, and fold it lengthwise to the size of your eye area.
  5. Place the warm, damp cloth over closed eyelids and rest if there until it is no longer warm (about 5 minutes).
  6. Remove the washcloth and place it in the bowl with warm water to reheat it. Repeat steps 3 and 4.

You can also microwave a damp washcloth until it’s reached the desired temperature. Make sure to always test the washcloth before placing it over the eyes, as the skin of the eyelid is very thin and can be easily burned.

Warm compresses also come in a dry form, which can be heated using a microwave. All warm compress eye masks can also be purchased at drugstores. We can recommend which brands that are most suitable for your eyes. Whether store-bought or home-made, you’ll want to apply the warm compress twice daily (morning and night) for optimal results.

How Do Warm Compresses Provide Relief?

Warm eye compresses can soothe the eyes and provide almost instant relief. The moisture of the compress hydrates the eyes, which helps to reduce the grittiness, and the warmth relaxes the eye to relieve any pain or muscle spasms that may accompany dry eye. Furthermore, warm compresses can help loosen clogged oil in the glands of your eyelids, which allow these essential oils to mix with your tears, producing better quality tears.

Though warm eye compresses are a great at-home remedy for treating dry eye, Dr. Kenneth Garza can offer other more potent dry eye treatments for complete relief from symptoms. If you are experiencing dry eye, schedule an appointment at Complete Family Eye Care to get the relief you seek.

Dr. Kenneth Garza serves patients from McKinney, , , , and throughout TX.

References

Request A Dry Eye Appointment
Think You Have Dry Eye? Call 972-449-9484
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Hot Compress Eye Masks For Effective & Rapid Dry Eye Relief

If you are suffering from mild to moderate dry eye symptoms, such as itchy and gritty eyes, this low tech solution may be just what you need. Hot compress eye masks are easy to use and a natural way to treat blepharitis, meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD), and specifically – chronic dry eye disease.

What Is Dry Eye Disease?

Dry eye disease (DES) is a condition where the eyes chronically feel dry, irritated, and uncomfortable. This is due to either insufficient or poor quality tears. Other symptoms include:

  • Watery eyes – the eyes may overproduce tears to compensate for the lack of lubrication
  • Red eyes
  • Fatigued eyes
  • Sore or achy eyes
  • Blurred vision
  • Photophobia (light sensitivity)

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms and suspect you may have dry eye, speak with Dr. Kenneth Garza about the latest dry eye treatments available. Hot compress eye masks are one of the recommended methods for relieving dry eye.

How Does A Hot Compress Eye Mask Provide Dry Eye Relief?

A hydrating hot compress eye mask contains special beads that continuously absorb and store water molecules from the air. When the mask is warmed up in the microwave, the clean, natural moist heat immediately begins to provide soothing relief for your eyes. A heated eye mask helps stabilize the tear film, improves oil gland function, and slows tear evaporation.

After using the mask, your hydrated and lubricated eyes will be able to expel bacteria and debris more efficiently so your eyes feel refreshed and rejuvenated. The heat from the mask also helps unblock meibomian glands and produce more tears.

Contact Dr. Kenneth Garza to discuss your dry eye symptoms and to determine whether hot compress eye masks are the right treatment for you.

Our practice serves patients from McKinney, TX and surrounding communities.
Request A Dry Eye Appointment
Think You Have Dry Eye? Call 972-449-9484
Read More About Dry Eyes
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TearLab

TearLab ThumbnailTearLab is the most accurate test in the optometric world to help diagnose the severity and cause of a patient’s dry eye syndrome. Dr. Kenneth Garza explains, “This is a very easy test for the patient. A tiny amount of tears is collected right above the lower lid of each eye. It only takes a couple of seconds and there is very little, if any, sensation. TearLab then measures the salt concentration of the tears. The higher a patient’s salt concentration is in their tears, the more likely they are to have Dry Eye symptoms.”

The TearLab also attaches a number score to the salt content of the tear, which tells Dr. Kenneth Garza the severity of your dry eye and gives him an idea of how to begin treating it. The next year, when you come back, Dr. Kenneth Garza will be able to do the same thing and see how you are progressing.

Dry eyes occur when either hormonal changes, side effects from medication or some other factor causes the eye to either not produce enough tears, or leave out parts of the tear that make proper lubrication possible. Dr. Kenneth Garza explains, “Symptoms of blurred vision, dryness, burning, redness on the eyes or eyelid margins, or even watery eyes are all associated with Dry Eyes. We recommend anyone with these symptoms have a Dry Eye evaluation, including a TearLab test.”

In severe cases, dry eye syndrome that goes an extended amount of time without treatment can cause a person’s eyes to become increasingly susceptible to infection and serious vision issues. In cases of inadequate tear production, permanent damage and scarring can occur.

There are many tests at Complete Family Eye Care to help with Dry Eye, but TearLab results are very specific and have a very strong correlation with patients’ symptoms. This makes TearLab a superior test for the detection and treatment of this very uncomfortable and possibly damaging eye condition.

Call Complete Family Eye Care on 972-525-7029 to schedule an eye exam with our McKinney optometrist. Alternatively, book an appointment online here CLICK FOR AN APPOINTMENT