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Dry Eye Treatment Specialist

Paragon Eye Associates -  - Ophthalmologist

Paragon Eye Associates

Ophthalmologists & Optometrists located in Arlington, TX & Mansfield, TX

Paragon Eye Associates (previously known as Ford Eye Center) is the dry eye treatment center of choice in the Arlington and Mansfield, Texas, area. Patients can schedule an appointment for screening, diagnosis, treatment, or long-term maintenance of dry eye disease with qualified and compassionate practitioners at Paragon Eye Associates.

Dry Eye Treatment Q & A

What is Dry Eye?

Dry eye is a broad term that encompasses a variety of eye conditions featuring problems with the tear film and characterized by pain and discomfort.

What are the Known Causes of Dry Eye?

There are 2 kinds of dry eye:

  • Evaporative dry eye is caused by tear film that evaporates too quickly, leaving the surface of the eye dry and susceptible to injury and irritation
  • Aqueous tear-deficient dry eye is caused by insufficient tear production (or production of imbalanced tears that don’t appropriately lubricate the eye)

Dry eye can be caused by over a dozen different contributors, including vitamin deficiency, hormone replacement, allergies, LASIK surgery, pregnancy, and certain medications.

What are the Signs and Symptoms?

Patients with dry eye may experience any combination of the following symptoms:

  • Redness and pain
  • Difficulty crying
  • Watery eyes
  • The feeling as if there's sand in the eye
  • Burning, stinging
  • Discharge from the eye
  • Heavy feeling in the eyelids
  • Difficulty reading or looking at a computer screen

Although it may be hard to believe that watery eyes can be associated with dry eye disease, overproduction of tears can wash away the oily substance that lubricates the eye.

How is Dry Eye Diagnosed?

The most common diagnostic test for dry eye is called the Schirmer test. During this test, strips of specialty paper are placed under the lower lids for 5 minutes. Tear production is measured by the amount of the paper moistened at the completion of the test.

How is Dry Eye Treated?

The most effective treatment for dry eye depends on the cause. Dry eye caused by contact use may be treated by switching to eyeglasses, for example. In other cases, medications, eye drops, or punctal plugs (plugs that prevent tears from draining off of the eye) are recommended.

Are There Any Risks In Not Seeking Treatment For Dry Eye?

Yes, dry eye can cause damage to the cornea if untreated due to friction and irritation. Patients who suspect they may have dry eye should schedule an appointment at Paragon Eye Associates as soon as possible to avoid injury.

What do I need to know about dry eye disease?

A protective coating of tears covers the surface of your eye. This tear film serves as a natural protective barrier and is made of three components: a mucin layer, an aqueous or water layer, and a lipid or oil layer. If any of these tear film layers are insufficient, dry eye disease can occur.

The lipid layer is the key to a healthy tear film as it covers the aqueous layer and protects it from evaporating. An insufficient lipid layer occurs when the meibomian glands in your eyelids become blocked. This condition is typically referred to as meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD), and studies have shown that 86% of dry eye patients have MGD.

What are the symptoms of MGD?

  • Red, itchy, irritated eyes
  • The feeling of having something in your eye
  • Blurred vision

How is MGD diagnosed?

Your eye doctor tests for signs of MGD by lightly compressing the meibomian glands in the lower eyelids and analyzing the meibum (oil) that appears on the lid margin. Meibography, an infrared image that shows the structure of the glands, can also be used to determine if there is damage, clogging, or atrophy of the glands.

What is the iLux Treatment?

The iLux System allows your eye doctor to provide safe, effective treatment using localized heat and compression therapy. This light-based heat source gently warms the inner and outer lid to a safe therapeutic temperature. Dr. DenHartog will gently compress your eyelid to express the melted meibum from the glands. Treatment is complete once the cloudy or clogged meibum is expressed, or once clear meibum appears on the lid margin.

Why is early diagnosis and treatment of MGD so important?

Many people with dry eye and MGD do not realize they have this chronic, progressive condition. If untreated, blocked meibomian glands may atrophy or become permanently blocked, resulting in severe symptoms and blurred vision. Diagnosing and treating MGD before your meibomian glands reach this stage can contribute to a reduction in symptoms and an improvement in visual acuity.

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Can iLux relieve my dry eye symptoms?

In an iLux clinical study reviewed by the FDA, patients experienced significant improvement in:

  • Dry eye symptoms
  • Meibum quality
  • Pain and discomfort associated with their dry eye disease
  • Visual acuity

Accepted Insurance Providers

At Ford Eye Center, our goal is patient satisfaction. We strive to make every service achievable and affordable for all patients. For more information about our insurance policies or payment methods, please call our office.

Insurances that need referrals include UHC Health Select, Silberback (NTSP)(AARP MED), HealthSpring, Humana (NTSP), BCBS HMO, and Aetna Medicare Prime HMO (Dr. Ford only).

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Allied Benefit Systems
APWU
Assurant Health
Boon Chapman
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Community Care
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EyeMed
First Health
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Great West Health Care
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