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Introducing the breakthrough technology LipiFlow® to treat Dry Eye in Sunnyvale & Santa Clara
Dry eye can be an uncomfortable disruption to your life. Simple tasks like working on a computer, reading, wearing contact lenses, watching television or even going on an outdoor walk can all be hindered by the irritation of Dry Eye and keep you from enjoying your daily activities.
Symptoms of dry eyes may include but are not limited to:
It’s time to change your outlook on dry eye.
There are roughly 30 million people in the United States and over 300 million worldwide who have been diagnosed with dry eye. Most have learned to live with eye discomfort and have become dependent on drops or other treatment methods that only offer temporary relief. This has been due to a lack of understanding that the root cause of most dry eye (86%) is now known to be a chronic and progressive condition, Meibomian Gland Dysfunction or MGD.
MGD occurs when there is a compromise to the function and/or structure of the meibomian glands in the eyelids that produce the protective oily layer of the tear film. These glands can become blocked over time and can no longer produce oils needed for healthy tears. This blockage results in rapid evaporation of your tears and can lead to irritation, discomfort and if not treated, gland dropout.
A series of evaluations will be performed to determine if you have MGD. This can include a LipiView® tear film and gland imaging and a meibomian gland evaluation. Knowing what is causing your Dry Eye will help our Silicon Valley eye doctors determine the best treatment option.
Now, with the breakthrough LipiFlow® technology, it’s possible to directly treat the root cause of MGD.
Treating MGD with LipiFlow
While there are multiple choices available for treating MGD, LipiFlow is the only FDA-cleared device for removing gland blockages and restoring gland function. Through advances in the application of Vectored Thermal Pulsation (VTPTM) technology, the LipiFlow treatment utilizes a patented algorithm of heat applied to the inner eyelids and massage to remove the obstructions in your meibomian glands.
We are proud to be the only eye care clinic in the Silicon Valley area to utilize LipiFlow technology to treat Dry Eye and MGD.
For patients with dry eye, our eye doctors may recommend scleral contact lenses. Scleral lenses are gas permeable lenses, meaning they allow oxygen to permeate through the lens to provide oxygen to the surface of the eye.
During your initial consultation, our optometry staff will determine if scleral lenses are right for you. Each lens is custom-fit to meet the specific needs of each patient. Learn more about the benefits of using scleral lenses by clicking on the video on the right.
If you suffer from any of the aformentioned symptoms, call us today to set up an appointment with our leading dry eye doctors in Silicon Valley. Our eye care providers will prescribe the best treatment plan for your specific type of dry eye and apply therapy appropriate to your specific needs to make your daily discomfort a thing of the past.