Dry eye disease is becoming increasingly common, affecting millions of people. This chronic disease can significantly impact your day-to-day life, sometimes making even the smallest of tasks seem difficult.

If you experience eye pain, blurry vision, and dry or watery eyes, it could be a sign that you have dry eye disease. However, with an in-depth eye exam, our team can assess your vision and eye health to get you the treatment you need.

With FDA approved treatments like OptiLight IPL by Lumenis, we can help manage your dry eye disease. In addition to getting you back to seeing clearly and comfortably, there are a number of aesthetic benefits of Optilight’s IPL photo rejuvenation treatments, such as the reduction of a variety of skin conditions such as age spots, sun spots, acne scars, rosacea, and more.

Dry Eye Causes and Symptoms

Dry eye disease, or dry eye syndrome, is a common condition that can be triggered by a number of different things, from health conditions and medications to environmental and lifestyle factors. Even your age and gender can play a role. Regardless of the cause, most cases of dry eye share similar symptoms, which often 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
Dry Eye Management

Dry Eye Diagnosis Tools

We have made significant investments in the most advanced equipment to diagnose and treat dry eye disease. In order to treat dry eye disease, you must first diagnose it correctly. At Bergen Optometry, we have the expertise and technology necessary to accurately diagnose the disease and classify the type of dry eye that you have so that we can create a customized treatment plan for you.

OCULUS Keratograph® 5M

The OCULUS Keratograph® 5M is a groundbreaking piece of equipment that allows us to take high resolution images and videos of your eyes, scan meibomian glands within the eye lids, and measure your actual tear volume so that we can diagnose the cause of your dry eye disease. We will develop a customized treatment plan, which may include the Optilight IPL, eyelid hygiene with Blephex and meibomian gland expression with the iLux® and we will continue to evaluate your progress with this innovative instrument.

Imaging taken from the Oculus Keratograph® 5M showing a patient’s meibomian glands

Dry Eye Treatments

Optilight by Luminis

OptiLight is the first and only IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) FDA-approved treatment for dry eye disease caused by MGD (meibomian glad dysfunction). This gentle and noninvasive procedure is safe and supported by more than 20 clinical studies. Get relief for your dry eyes and enjoy many aesthetic benefits of IPL photorejuvenation with the help of OptiLight. Learn more about Optilight IPL.

Blephex

Did you know that over half of patients experience unpleasant eye symptoms due to insufficient eyelid hygiene? Fortunately, there is a quick, easy and effective solution. BlephEx® is an in-office eyelid cleaning procedure that removes excess bacteria, toxins, and biofilm. The process is painless, takes less than 10 minutes, and produces lasting results. Bergen Optometry is pleased to offer BlephEx® treatments to help our patients maintain clean, healthy eyelids.

Systane® iLux® MGD Treatment

Each time you blink, a protective layer of moisture coats the front surface of your eye. An essential part of that moisture film is an oily layer called meibum. When the glands that produce meibum become blocked, it can lead to a condition called Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD), which can cause dryness, irritation, and vision issues. Systane® iLux® is a revolutionary treatment designed to clear the meibomian glands, improving function by up to 300%. The Systane® iLux® MGD Thermal Pulsation System is available at Bergen Optometry.

If you’re seeking relief for your dry eyes, Bergen Optometry is here to help. Contact us today to get started!

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