Dry eye syndrome is reaching epidemic proportions in the United States. An estimated 3.2 million women over the age of 50 and 1.7 million men over the age of 50 are affected by symptoms.
We are excited to announce that we will be the first and only office in the Texarkana area to offer treatment of chronic dry eyes using the TearScience system. This system allows Dr. Phillips and Dr. McCall to safely and effectively identify, diagnose, and treat dry eyes.
Over the past 15 years, research has revealed that the leading cause of eye discomfort for over 86% of patients with dry eye is MGD.1 MGD is a disease best detected in its earliest stages and then managed to limit progression.
MGD occurs when the protective oil that normally flows from the eyelid (meibomian) glands slows or stops. Over time, blockage and structural damage of the glands occurs. The oil acts as the front line of protection for the tears and lubricates the surface of the eyes when you blink.
When these glands are not healthy, it causes the tear film to rapidly evaporate, leaving the eye’s surface exposed. This exposure can cause discomfort that increases over time and impacts quality of vision. This can result in irritating dry eye symptoms. A routine check for MGD as a part of any eye exam is recommended.
We use a variety of treatments to help alleviate the symptoms of dry eye in our patients including LipiFlow Thermal Pulsation Treatment, ProKera, Punctal Plugs, Blephex, and Autologous Serum Eye Drops. A direct consultation and examination by one of our doctors will lead to recommending the treatment type best for you.