Dry Eye

Dry Eye Disease

Dry Eye Disease (DED), also known as Ocular Surface Disease, is a complex condition that is chronic and will progress over time.

In its early stages, more than half of those with Dry Eye do not report any symptoms at all. Those who do have symptoms often disregard them as related to allergies or the environment and think there is no relief available. We are proud to have many treatments options available to Highline patients to make their life more comfortable.

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Causes of Dry Eye

  • Digital device work
  • Environmental factors
  • Aging
  • Contact lens wearing
  • Hormonal changes in Women
  • Certain Diseases
  • Medications
  • Corrective surgery (such as corrective or cataract surgury

Coloradoans are particularly at risk for Dry Eye Syndrome

Altitude, air pollution, wind and cold can increase eye irritation.

Learn more about Dry Eye Syndrome

Treatments for Dry Eye

We take your eye health and comfort seriously. If you are diagnosed with DED, we have a variety of options depending on how early or advanced your level of Dry Eye.

  • Artificial Tears – We have a variety of eye drops available (even for people who wear contacts) as well as gels and ointments to use at night.
  • Omega-3s – Omega 3 fatty acid supplements help maintain the lipid (oil) layer of your tear film. Our doctors have carefully chosen this specific supplement for quality and targeted formulation.
  • Warm Compresses – The heat helps oil in your eyelid glands to liquify in order to flow properly. And they feel great!
  • Lid Hygiene – Special cleansers can help keep Meibomian glands clear.
  • Punctal Occlusion – This painless, in-office, procedure helps increase the volume of tears on your eyes. This reversible process often offers immediate relief.
  • Blephex – An in-office procedure that allows your doctor to treat blepharitis. This chronic inflammatory disease causes an overgrowth of natural bacteria along the base of your eyelashes. Learn more about this FDA approved procedure.
  • Prescription Medication Relief – Sometimes steroid or antibiotic treatments are best. Some of these drops or gels are used temporarily to address specific issues a patient might experience.
  • iLux – In the past, LipiFlow was the industry standard to restore proper function to Meibomian glands but LipiFlow can be expensive for most patients. We are proud to be one of the first offices in Colorado to offer iLux which is shown to offer equal improvement at significantly less cost. Learn more about iLux here.

If you suffer from Dry Eye symptoms, make an appointment now with one of our Highline Optometrists. Relief from Dry Eye can make a world of difference in your day-to-day comfort.

Diagnostic Equipment

The keratograph is an advanced diagnostic instrument that helps our doctors diagnose Dry Eye Disease accurately. This FDA approved procedure allows us to view the tear film and health of your tear glands (Meibomian glands) and to measure tear evaporation rate. This detailed information helps you and your doctor create a plan that is best for you.

See examples of healthy and diseased Meibomian glands.