Chronic Dry Eye Syndrome

Proper Diagnosis and Treatment

We take dry eye disease seriously. Patients may feel brushed aside in some eye care practices because diagnosis and treatment can be complex and time consuming. At Chapel Hill Eyecare, we take the time to discover the root causes of your dry eye condition and design a treatment plan to address your needs.

If you have been unable to obtain relief from either over-the-counter or prescription remedies you have tried, it may be because they have not targeted the primary cause of your condition. To determine the cause, you should consider having an initial dry eye evaluation at our office.

Dry Eye Symptoms

  • Burning and redness
  • Ocular fatigue
  • Foreign body sensation
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Excessive tearing
  • Symptoms worsening later in the day
  • Transient blurring
  • Contact lens intolerance

Meibomian Gland Dysfunction

The meibomian glands are tube-shaped structures that open at the edge of the eyelid just behind the lashes.  These glands produce an oil layer that coats our tears to prevent them from evaporating quickly.

Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD) is a form of dry eye disease and blepharitis where the oil glands produce a thicker, wax like secretion.  As a result, the glands become clogged and inflamed.  With an insufficient oil layer, the watery part of the tear layer evaporates more rapidly, and the eyes become dry and irritated.

Thermal 1-Touch Treatment

We are excited to be able to offer a new in office treatment option for patients that are suffering with Dry Eye Syndrome and Meibomian Gland Dysfunction. The OCuSOFT Thermal 1 -Touch is an in office procedure that provides instant targeted heat with a temperature that remains constant.

The in office treatment includes a 10 to 30 minute lid heat treatment, expression of the meibomian glands by the doctor, and a goody bag of products to take home for continued dry eye therapy treatment at home. The length of heat treatment will be determined by the degree of meibomian gland dysfunction present and ultimately by your doctor.

Why does the Thermal 1 – Touch work?

Often, there is no specific cure for these conditions.  However, they can be controlled through a regimen of careful lid cleansing to remove the bacteria and a heat mask to help melt the waxy secretions and return a normal flow to the oil glands.

The Thermal 1 – Touch is an excellent option for patients that have specific flare ups of dryness or irritation, as well as patients that find the at home regimens too cumbersome or time consuming.