Your eyes are an excellent barometer of your visual and general health. In fact, many illnesses have a surprising effect on the eyes. Paying attention to changes in your eyes and vision can help y ...View Article
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Initial Consult: What to Expect
Experts in the field of Dry Eye diagnosis, treatment, and management, the Doctors at North Shore Eye Health and Wellness continually stay up to date on the most comprehensive and cutting edge treatments for this chronic condition. Whether we identify your dry eye signs and symptoms during your comprehensive eye health and vision exam, or you are referred by your eye doctor or another health care professional, we will begin our relationship with a dry eye consultation.
This work up establishes the grounds for success and will include an individualized assessment and analysis of the following features:
Tear film analysis -- did you know your tear film is composed of 3 layers? Dry eye can be the result of a deficiency in any one, or all, of these layers. Proper treatment relies on the proper diagnosis and the determination of which layer of the tear film is deficient.
Corneal Topography and Tear Break Up time -- How irregular is the ocular surface? How quickly are your tears evaporating from your eye?
Ocular Surface Damage Assessment -- Is your chronic dry eye damaging your eye and affecting your visual quality?
Evaluation of Eyelids and lashes for signs of infection and inflammation
Digital Meibomian Gland Imaging -- 80% of dry eye cases are due to malfunction of these key structures
Lab Tests -- yes, in office lab testing will be completed through quick and easy methods to assess for signs of "toxic" tears and evidence of systemic disease
Based on the results of your work-up, your Doctor will develop a targeted treatment plan to get your eyes back on track. Typically, this will involve a combination of eye drops, medication, nutritional supplements, lifestyle changes, and lid hygiene techniques. In some cases, it may involve one of several minor in office procedures to assist with restoring a healthy ocular surface. Remember, Dry Eye is a chronic condition and requires significant commitment and maintenance therapy to remain symptom free. Let the experts at North Shore Eye Health and Wellness help guide you through this process and be a foundation for your success!