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What You Need To Know About Treating MGD

Now that you know all about Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD), I need to let you in on a few little secrets for treating it! First of all, begin treatment now! When you begin treatment early on in the disease process, you have a much better chance of responding well to it. You’ll also avoid any permanent damage that can cause eye issues for a lifetime. In the mild stages of MGD, we often begin with warm compresses and make sure the eyelids are kept clean. A warm compress can be easily applied twice a day in the form of an eye mask. Many eye masks are available that can be heated in the microwave to the desired temperature (we recommend...

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Meibomian Glands: What Are They?

The tear film is arguably one of the most important factors that play into visual acuity and clarity of vision. The three tear layers are vitally important to both the comfort of your eyes and your ability to see clearly. The first layer, the lipid layer, prevents the tears from evaporating away from the eye; the aqueous layer makes up the bulk of the tear film and bathes your eye in immune modulators; the mucin layer helps the tear film adhere to the surface of your eye. If any layer is impaired, visual acuity and quality of vision will be compromised. The meibomian glands in your upper and lower eyelids help to produce tears, and this is where Meibomian Gland...

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Why Are My Eyes So Tired?

We all know the feeling. We’re on our computer all day at work, check our phones throughout the day, and head home to lounge on the couch to watch TV. It’s been found that 60% of people use digital devices for 5 or more hours per day. Our eyes get so tired and strained because of this that we’re often at our wits end by the time we get into our car to drive home! Unfortunately, this eye strain (also known as asthenopia, computer vision syndrome, or digital eyestrain) is only becoming more prevalent. You can blame this eye fatigue on many things, but the combination of long hours on the computer, tiny iPhone screens, and our constant need for...

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Xiidra: Your Relief From Dry Eye

Many of you have tried artificial tears in an attempt to alleviate your dry eye symptoms. Some of you may have even tried Restasis. While these treatments may work for some, Restasis in particular can take months to show any effect...and people get tired of the wait! Enter Xiidra (pronouced Zy-druh). This new medication is the newest FDA approved treatment for dry eyes and was released in July of 2016. Made up of Lifitegrast 5%, this new class of medication is the first to be a lymphocyte function-associated antigen-1  (LFA-1) antagonist, meaning that it works in an entirely different way than Restasis. Yipee! But first, there are a few similarities to Restasis. It comes in individual vials and is dosed...

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20/20 Vision Explained

"What's my vision?" I get asked this question daily. Most of the time, the patient is curious to know how well they are seeing, and that's where 20/20 vision comes into play. But do you really know what it means? I'll dive into this today. 20/20 vision is used to express what is seen as normal visual acuity, or normal clarity of vision at 20 feet. It essentially means that you can see clearly at 20 feet what should normally be able to be seen at that distance. For example, if you have 20/100 vision, you must be standing at 20 feet to be able to see something that a person with 20/20 vision can see at 100 feet. Put more...

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