Dry Eye Treatment Melbourne, FL

Are Your Eyes Bothering You?

What you may be experiencing is Meibomian gland obstruction, an underlying cause of Evaporative Dry Eye, which affects approximately 75% dry eye patients. Meibomian gland obstruction may not be accompanied by an easily visible sign such as inflammation. As a result, physicians pay close attention to the symptoms that a patient reports.

Our understanding of dry eye disorders has improved dramatically in the past several years. This increased understanding has enhanced our ability to diagnose and treat patients who have these traditionally challenging conditions.

Symptoms of Evaporative Dry Eye:

  • Dryness
  • Discomfort and irritation
  • Grittiness or feeling of a foreign body in the eye
  • Burning or stinging sensation
  • Tearing
  • Redness
  • Discharge
  • Tiredness
  • Itching
  • Vision disturbance
  • Sensitivity to light

Evaporative Dry Eye can also have a huge impact on your daily activities

  • Difficulty performing visual tasks, such as reading, using a computer, driving and watching television
  • Inability to wear contact lenses
  • Constant use of eye drops
  • Trouble being out in the sun
  • Symptoms that worsen late in the day

Anatomy of the Tear Film

Your tears are made of 3 layers:

  1. Lipid (oil) layer: lubricates and prevents evaporation
  2. Aqueous (water) layer: nourishes and protects the cornea
  3. Mucin layer: adheres tears to the eye

Meibomian glands: create the lipid (oil) layer of the tear film

Evaporative Dry Eye occurs when the tears, or aqueous layer, evaporate too quickly due to an unstable oil, or lipid, layer found in Meibomian Gland Dysfunction.

Once Evaporative Dry Eye is identified, it can now be treated with a groundbreaking procedure-
The LipiFlow®Thermal Pulsation System from TearScience®

Dr. Trespalacios is the only doctor in central Florida, and one of a select few in the country, to offer a revolutionary new treatment for Evaporative Dry Eye disorder. Thanks to a recent scientific breakthrough, it’s now possible to effectively treat Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD) and Evaporative Dry Eye – with a simple procedure that can be performed right in our office!

The LipiFlow® Thermal Pulsation System from TearScience® is one of the new and effective technologies
Dr. Trespalacios has made available to his patients.  It provides a significant technological shift in evaporative dry eye treatment, effectively relieving blockage of the eyelid (Meibomian) glands during an in-office treatment. Opening the blocked eyelid glands allows the body to resume the natural production of lipids (oils) needed for the tear film.

Treatment can be performed the same day of your initial evaluation. The procedure takes 12 minutes for each eye. In a clinical study, 76% of patients reported improvement of their symptoms within two weeks.
If you are concerned that you are experiencing a chronic dry eye condition or have ever been told that you have “Meibomian Gland Dysfunction” (MGD), please make an appointment at one of our convenient locations.