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Do you have teary or watery eyes?
Burning, itchiness, or a sandy feeling around your eyelids?

You might have dry eye syndrome.

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What Is Dry Eye Syndrome? (DES)

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Dry eye syndrome occurs when tear production and drainage are not in balance. People with dry eyes either do not produce enough tears or their tears are of poor quality. The result? Unpleasant symptoms, including itching, burning, redness, watery eyes, excessive tearing—and even eye pain. Dry eye syndrome can also increase your risk for more serious eye problems like corneal ulcers.

Without treatment or proper medication, DES can worsen over time.

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What Causes Dry Eyes?

While over 80% of dry eye cases are due to blocked oil glands in the eyelids — a condition called meibomian gland dysfunction or evaporative dry eye — other factors can also cause this syndrome. These include:

Gender – the majority of dry eye sufferers are women. This tends to be caused by hormonal changes, whether through the use of contraceptives, pregnancy or menopause.

Age there’s a higher prevalence of DES in those over 50 years of age

Environment – dry wind, dry air and dry climates can evaporate the tears. Home and car heaters, air conditioners, fans and hair dryers also cause tears to evaporate.

Medication – these include antidepressants, decongestants and blood pressure medications.

Auto-immune disorders – Sjogren’s disease and arthritis, among others.

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How Do I Know If I Have Dry Eye Syndrome?

Do any of these symptoms seem familiar?

  • Gritty, itchy, or stinging eyes
  • Excessive tearing and discharge
  • Eyes that feel tired or dry
  • Increased light sensitivity
  • Regularly using eye drops
  • Discomfort that worsens as the day progresses

If so, you may have dry eye syndrome. Take our dry eye quiz to find out!

MiBo Dry Eye Treatment In Tulsa

What is MiBo?

85% of Dry Eye Syndrome is due to Meibomian Gland Disorder (MGD), where the glands essential for producing the lubricating oils for our eyes are blocked, clogged, dirty, infected, or atrophying.

Effectively treating MGD requires directly addressing the dysfunction in the meibomian glands. There are currently a number of treatments that attempt to stimulate the meibomian glands to produce more moisturizing and protective lipids. What MiBo does is deliver constant heat (108 degrees Fahrenheit) and thermal pressure to dissolve and clean the blockages of the meibomian glands in a safe, comfortable, and targeted way. By applying ultrasound gel to the exterior eyelids, the MiBo system uses twin pads to transfer the heat uniformly to comfortably and effectively reach the meibomian glands.

In most cases, treatment will last for a maximum of 10 to 15 minutes.

For a complete effect, and especially for severe cases, we recommend that patients have three sessions spaced two weeks apart. Depending on severity, this may need to be repeated every six to twelve months for maximum long-term effect. That being said, one of the major advantages of the MiBo is that patients are far less likely to experience their dry eye symptoms again in the near future, so it provides real, lasting relief.

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How is MiBo Different?

Until advanced treatments such as MiBo were developed, treatment of chronic MGD was mostly restricted to some combination of lubricating eye drops, hot compresses, and, in severe cases, the manual expression of the glands by an eye doctor. In such cases, these treatments are only rarely effective. What’s more, manual expression can be very painful and may only be partially effective.

Instead of a combination of painful or partially effective treatments, MiBo both massages out blockages while simultaneously applying heat. The process uses uniformly applied heat to the inner eyelids with directed gentle massage to remove blockages from the meibomian glands. This treatment is designed to restore the natural oil flow to the tear film that covers the eye’s surface.

 

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Lasting & Effective Dry Eye Treatment

Our dry eye treatment program is individualized to each patient according to the root cause.

We aim to restore or maintain the normal amount of tears in the eye to minimize dryness and discomfort. Book a consultation with one of our eye doctors, who can prescribe a customized treatment plan to keep your eyes healthy and comfortable all day, every day.

    Do You Have More Questions About Dry Eyes? | FAQ

    medical-plus medical-plus Is there a cure for dry eye syndrome?

    Unfortunately, there is no permanent cure for dry eye syndrome. However, there are a number of effective ways to prevent or treat symptoms. Make an appointment today with our trusted optometrists in Tulsa for evaluation and personalized treatment options.

    medical-plus medical-plus What is the main cause of dry eye syndrome?

    Dry eye syndrome commonly occurs because your eyes are not producing enough tears, or the tears being produced don’t contain the proper components to keep the eyes hydrated. An eye doctor can perform tests to determine what is causing your dry eyes, and how to treat the symptoms.

    medical-plus medical-plus How do I prevent dry eye symptoms?

    Many factors including allergies, hormones and the weather can cause dry eye symptoms such as dry, red, itchy and gritty-feeling eyes. Tips to prevent these symptoms include:

    • Eating foods high in omega-3 fatty acids, which help produce oils in your tears that slow evaporation.

     

    • Following the ”20-20-20 rule” when working on computers or screens. This means looking away from the screen every 20 minutes, for 20 seconds, at something at least 20 feet away, to give your eyes a break from the strain of working on digital screens.

     

    • Position air vents, fans and heaters so that they don’t blow directly into your eyes, drying them out.

    Can dry eye syndrome cause blindness?

    Yes. In extreme circumstances, dry eyes can result in scratches on the eye that leaves scars on the cornea. This scarring can make it difficult for the eye to focus incoming light, obscuring vision. This may eventually result in permanent vision damage or blindness if not treated properly.

    Don’t wait for dry eye syndrome to deteriorate. Take action today by booking an appointment with Harrel Eyecare today.

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