Ground-breaking Dry Eye Treatment Available With Rex Hamilton, MD
Dr. Rex Hamilton is proud to be one of the first physicians in the Western United States to offer the LipiFlow® Thermal Pulsation System, a revolutionary new treatment for the most common cause of Dry Eye disease. The oily portion of the tear film is essential to prevent evaporation of tears.
More than 65% of patients suffering from dry eye complaints (dryness, irritation, light sensitivity, vision fluctuations) have oil deficient dry eye due to obstruction of the oil-producing tear glands found in the eyelids. The LipiFlow® treatment is a twelve-minute, in office therapy using a device that comfortably heats and massages the eyelids to remove the obstruction of the oil-producing glands. Preliminary studies demonstrate an average duration of symptom relief of 9 months.
Due to its complex nature, dry eye disease is often times underdiagnosed. When it is diagnosed, accuracy is difficult since common dry eye symptoms can mimic the same symptoms as those of other ailments, like ocular allergies.
There are two predominant forms of Dry Eye – aqueous and evaporative. Evaporative dry eye, which affects 65% of sufferers, is caused by meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) or blocked glands that create a deficiency in the oil layer of the tear film. This can be the beginning of other dry eye disease problems including damage to the cornea and sight-related issues.
Common Symptoms of Evaporative Dry Eye Disease
- discomfort & irritation
- sensitivity to light
- feeling of foreign body in the eye
- burning or stinging sensation
- vision disturbance
These symptoms may also be accompanied by:
- difficulty performing visual tasks, such as reading, watching TV and driving
- inability to wear contact lenses
- constant use of eye drops
- trouble being out in the sun
- symptoms that worsen late in the day