Carolina Offers New Treatment for Dry Eye Disease
Carolina Eye Associates is the first in the area to introduce a new treatment for patients who suffer from evaporative dry eye disease, a news release said.
This disease stems from a deficiency in the oily lipid layer of the eye's natural tear film. The oily lipids serve as a protective layer so that the aqueous (water) layer of the eye's tear film does not evaporate, the release said.
Carolina Eye has introduced a new advanced in-office treatment called LipiFlow, which is intended to treat patients with blocked meibomian glands, called meibomian gland dysfunction, by unblocking the glands and allowing them to resume the secretion of oily lipids needed for a healthy tear film.
Dry eye disease affects more than 100 million people worldwide, according to Carolina Eye. Of those, 65 percent suffer from evaporative dry eye.
Common symptoms of dry eye include dryness, grittiness, soreness, irritation, burning and eye fatigue. These symptoms can hinder people's daily activities, such as reading, using the computer, wearing contact lenses, and being outdoors on windy days. Many dry eye patients complain those symptoms worsen throughout the day.
"Dry eye disease is one of the most common topics patients discuss when visiting eye care professionals," said Dr. Neil Griffin, corneal, cataract and LASIK specialist at Carolina Eye. "We are very pleased to introduce the new LipiFlow treatment to help those patients who are very frustrated with this chronic disease and all of the ways it negatively impacts their lives.
"In effect, LipiFlow helps the meibomian glands resume their natural function, and many patients note symptom relief."
Historically, common therapies aimed at dry eye symptom relief included using warm compresses, over-the-counter wetting drops and ointments, and prescription drugs. Alternatively, the new LipiFlow treatment addresses the root cause of evaporative dry eye by unblocking the meibomian glands that secrete oily lipids, the news release said.
In controlled clinical studies of patients who received a single LipiFlow treatment, the average meibomian gland score at four weeks increased by two to three times over the baseline condition, which reflects improvement in the number of glands secreting and secretion quality.
Additionally, at four weeks after the LipiFlow treatment, 79 percent of patients reported improvement in dry eye symptoms.
Carolina Eye Associates provides an array of eye care services, including laser vision correction, refractive and cataract surgery, and evaporative dry eye treatment.
Anyone needing more information can visit www. carolinaeye.com or call (910) 295-2100.
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