Why can’t I get through the day without using rewetting drops?
Why do I have discomfort with my contact lenses?
Why do my eyes constantly water?
Why are my eyes always red?
These are common questions asked by patients and the answer is Chronic Dry Eye Disease. Over 30 million Americans are affected by symptoms of dry eye disease. Our doctors are trained to detect and treat the signs and symptoms of Dry Eye Disease.
What sets our clinic apart is that we have the newest technology ready to use and the knowledge on how to improve your dry eye symptoms at the source. Rather than going through your day with discomfort or giving up on contact lenses, make an appointment with our clinic.
Relief is around the corner!
Dry Eye Consultation $99 with $100 off Treatment
Yes! For your tears to keep your eyes lubricated all three components of the tears must be functioning properly.
Evaporative Dry Eye: Oil glands located in your eyelids (Meibomian Glands) produce oil to cover the tears allowing the tear to stay on your eyes for longer. Evaporative Dry Eye is when your oil layer is deficient, and your tears evaporate too quickly. Our team looks at the structure of the gland with the LipiView which gives an x-raylike image of the Meibomian glands. Our team checks the function of the glands by examining the oil produced and testing how long the tears stay on the front surface of the eye.
Inflammatory Dry Eye: Tears can be filled with overactive inflammation markers causing irritation to the front surface of the eye. Ocular Rosacea is when new leaky blood vessels form around the eyelids causing inflammation and improper oils to be produced in the tears.
Aqueous Deficient Dry Eye: A lack of the water component of tears keeps the eye from having proper lubrication. This is common with individuals with Sjogren’s Disease.
Our Green Hills Dry Eye Clinic is unique. We offer non-drop options in the management of Dry Eye. The options include LipiFlow, Intense Pulsated Light, and ThermiEyes. We are one of the only clinics in the state of Tennessee that provides all three non-drop treatment options. In our opinion, the best treatment for dryness is not always drops. Although prescription eye drops have their place in treating dry eye symptoms, not every patient has lasting relief with these options alone.
Lipiflow: FDA approved Meibomian Gland Dysfunction treatment. Lipiflow treats the root cause of obstructed oil glands. The treatment is a spa-like heat treatment that unblocks glands and allows them to resume their natural production of lipids required for a healthy tear film.
Intense Pulsated Light: IPL targets and eliminates the source of inflammation in the eyelids. It assists in improved function of the meibomian glands. IPL also has aesthetic benefits including eliminating ocular rosacea and reduction of unwanted skin pigmentation.
ThermiEyes: ThermiEyes is a thermal treatment that utilizes heat to build collagen around the eyelids decreasing crow’s feet and lifting eyelids. ThermiEyes also improves the oil component of the tears allowing tears to function properly by unblocking obstructed meibomian glands.
Punctal Plugs: Collagen-based punctal plugs are placed in the tear drainage ducts. Punctal plugs prevent naturally made tears from draining into the duct extending wettability time on the front surface of the cornea reducing dry eye symptoms.
Amniotic Membranes: Dehydrated membrane allograft derived from human amniotic tissue is placed to restore and repair ocular surface tissue. This restorative treatment can also decrease inflammation and dry eye symptoms.