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 is a broad term that encompasses a variety of eye conditions featuring problems with the tear film and characterized by pain and discomfort.
There are 2 kinds of dry eye:
Dry eye can be caused by over a dozen different contributors, including vitamin deficiency, hormone replacement, allergies, LASIK surgery, pregnancy, and certain medications.
Patients with dry eye may experience any combination of the following symptoms:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In an iLux clinical study reviewed by the FDA, patients experienced significant improvement in:
At Paragon Eye Associates, 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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