As a combination of water, oil, and mucus, tears are not just essential for controlling the dryness and comfort in our eyes. They also provide a protective layer against particles and allergens. The exact proportions of what makes up tears can significantly affect how well they work. Dry eyes can occur when there is not enough of the tear film produced by the body.
For approximately 86% of people with chronic dry eyes, it is not the amount of tear film their body is producing but the composition or quality of the tear solution that causes the discomfort and, if severe enough, pain in their eyes. In nearly all of these cases, it is a blockage in the Meibomian glad that is creating an imbalance of not being enough oil in the tear film to make it effective.
Although many products are available that can successfully treat the symptoms of dry eyes, these are not always convenient and, in some cases, may require multiple applications per day. Dr. Murrell is pleased to offer an FDA-approved treatment option that can painlessly provide long-term relief to dry eyes in those with Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD).
Dr. Murrell will perform a comprehensive examination to see if you have MGD and are a candidate for LipiFlow treatments. If it is determined you have MGD and that LipiFlow can help, Dr. Murrell will fit the LipiFlow device directly over your eyelids. Although patients rarely report pain or discomfort, a topical numbing medication may be used to ease the treatment.
The LipiFlow system applies a gentle heat and massage sensation to your eyelids to loosen and expel debris and blockages that may prevent adding the right amount of oil to the tear film. In less than 15 minutes, LipiFlow can successfully clear up blockages in your Meibomian glands and help your body begin to create higher quality and more effective tears.
There is no reason to continue to suffer from chronic dry eyes or rely on temporary solutions that only address the symptoms. Contact Dr. W. John Murrell in Amarillo, TX, to see if LipiFlow is right for you. Call 806-351-1177, or visit wjohnwmurrell.com to schedule an exam today.