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Dry Eye Treatment

Even without knowing the term “dry eye” or “Dry Eye Syndrome“, if you suffer from it, then you are all too familiar with the soreness, discomfort, and constant misery that can come with dry eyes.

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Fortunately, our staff can bring relief and healing from Dry Eyes to patients from Oklahoma. Dr. Monte Harrel at Harrel Dry Eye Care Centers can treat Dry Eye Syndrome, from mild to severe. Whether it’s an occasional irritant or a debilitating daily problem, we can help.

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Diagnostic Equipment And Tools
For Dry Eye

Harrel Dry Eye Care Centers uses the latest diagnostic equipment and tools to quickly and accurately pinpoint the cause and type of dry eye problem you’re suffering from. We don’t just throw any old drops at you either.

We provide custom treatment plans designed to maximize the relief of your dry eye symptoms AND treat the underlying cause of your discomfort.

What Is Dry Eye?

Dry Eye Syndrome can range from a mild irritant to chronic problem. The symptoms of Dry Eye Syndrome may include:

  • Dry, irritated, or red eyes
  • Excessive tearing/watery eyes
  • Inflammation
  • Sore or sensitive eyes
  • Itchiness
  • Burning
  • A gritty or pasty feeling in the eyelids
  • Crusty or gunky eyes
  • Blurriness

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What Causes Dry Eye?

Dry eyes or Dry Eye Syndrome is a complex condition that can have multiple causes but tends to share common symptoms. Dr. Monte Harrel will use the latest technology to assess the cause of your dry eye symptoms in order to provide the best possible care.

  • Poor Tear Quality
  • Meibomian Gland Disorder
  • Blepharitis
  • Poor Tear Volume
  • Age, Gender
  • Environmental Factors & Irritants
  • Contact Lenses
  • Medical Conditions
  • Lifestyle
  • Medications

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How Can I Improve My Lifestyle To Prevent and Treat Dry Eye Syndrome?

There are many ways to treat dry eyes. We recommend that you prevent dry eye symptoms before they begin and address lifestyle factors that may be aggravating an existing condition.

Blink a lot, drink plenty of fluids and avoid eye irritants. Maintain a healthy lifestyle with a focus on vitamins like Omega 3. Make sure to use lubricating eye drops if you are taking medication that puts you at risk for dry eyes. Over the counter eye drops for dry eye are widely available.

20/20/20 Rule

During prolonged computer or digital device use, make sure to take a short break every 20 minutes to look at an object 20 feet away for 20 seconds.

Keep Hydrated

Drink enough water. Women need at least 91 oz. of water a day and men need even more. Insufficient water intake can directly contribute to a reduced supply of tears, particularly in hot and dry climates.

Healthy diet and Omega 3

A healthy diet is essential for maintaining optimal health. Omega 3 fatty acids have been shown to help maintain good vision and eye health, as well as decrease dry eyes symptoms.

Fish and flax are good natural sources of Omega 3 fatty acids, and are available in tablet/supplement form. There are supplements specifically made for dry eyes. These usually consist of Omega 3 with DHA from flaxseed oil, and include vitamin C, vitamin E, Vitamin B6, magnesium, and a variety of other vitamins specifically formulated for patients with this eye condition.

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

Contact Us for Dry Eye Relief

If you’re seeking relief for your dry eyes, Dr. Monte Harrel can help. Harrel Dry Eye Care Centers serves patients from Tulsa, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma City, Fort Smith, AK, and throughout Oklahoma.

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Tulsa | Broken Arrow | Oklahoma City | Fort Smith, AK | and throughout Oklahoma

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