This blog is dedicated to those who suffer from dry eye disease, also known as dry eye syndrome, dry eye, or dry eyes. Here, we’ll discuss recent advancements in the diagnosis and treatment of various dry eye conditions, stories from sufferers who found genuine relief and other related dry eye information. We sincerely hope that this becomes more of a social discussion between our readers and specially trained Doctors, not merely a one-way information source from us to you. We all learn more when we work together! Our goal is to help as many people as possible live a more symptom-free, enjoyable lifestyle each day

My LipiFlow Treatment

LipiFlow is an amazing device that treats evaporative dry eye, the most common type. This happens when the upper and lower eyelid glands become blocked causing your tears to evaporate too much. The medical name for these are the "meibomian glands." When they become blocked you have "meibomian gland dysfunction” (or MGD). While there's no cure for dry eyes, LipiFlow is designed to minimize or relieve MGD symptoms for an extended period. Read More

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New Cause of Dry Eyes Discovered?

Researchers at the University of Arizona recently discovered a previously unknown potential cause of dry eye disease that happened unexpectedly. The research was conducted at the Arizona Health Sciences Center’s UA Steele Children’s Research Center related to a specific protein called NHE8. In medical terminology, NHE8 is a sodium/hydrogen exchanger protein. In simpler terms, there is an important role NHE8 plays in transporting sodium and electrolytes through the gastrointestinal tract. Read More

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Fall Means Cooler Temps. But Dry Eye Symptoms May Heat Up.

We know that allergies (and itchy, irritated eyes) can ramp up in Spring. They will again in the season just around the corner: Autumn. Fall can be a bad time for allergy symptoms, which can be very similar to dry eye symptoms. So as a follow up to our allergy testing blog, we’ve included some examples of the types of allergens typically most active in the fall. Advanced ocular allergy testing can identify these and other common allergens to effectively diagnose if its allergies, dry eyes, or both. Read More

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Can Dry Eyes Really Cause Too Many Tears?

Absolutely. In fact, excessive tearing (when your eyes “water up”) is a very common dry eye symptom. While this seems to contrast the “dry” part of dry eyes, it makes a lot of sense once you understand what causes it in the first place. Excessive tearing is a dry eye symptom that … Read More

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The Skinny on Fatty Acid Supplements and Dry Eyes

The importance of nutrition to your vision, and the rest of your body, can never be overstated. When it comes to dry eye disease, omega fatty acids used with lubricating eye drops have appeared to reduce symptoms. Two main types of omega fatty acids are found in the foods we consume: omega-3 and omega-6. Omega-3 is found primarily in the sea (salmon, mackerel, tuna and sardines). Walnuts and flaxseed also contain omega-3, but in smaller amounts. Omega-6 comes mostly from plant oils such as corn, soybean, and sunflower oils, as well as plants, nuts and seeds. Read More

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