Dry Eye Treatment in Watertown

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Helping You Find Relief from Dry Eye

Our team understands how uncomfortable dry eyes can be. That’s why we provide comprehensive dry eye checkups that consider various factors such as tear production and quality, environmental conditions, and screen time habits. 

We are committed to helping you alleviate symptoms like eye fatigue, watery eyes, and blurry vision. Our team implements diagnostic technology and treatment methods, including OptiLight by Lumenis, BlephEx, and more to help you find relief. 

Contact us to schedule your appointment and address your dry eye discomfort today.

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What Causes Dry Eye?

Tear production plays an important role in preventing dry eye, which can occur when something goes wrong with your tear production or the glands that produce tears become inflamed or blocked.

Your tears are made of 3 layers:

  • The oily outer layer
  • The watery middle layer
  • The inner mucus layer

Inflammation of the glands that line your eyelids can lead to meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD).

What Is MGD?

Meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) can occur when the glands lining your eyelids become inflamed. This condition can lead to a reduction in oil production, which causes your tears to evaporate and ultimately results in dryness. 

MGD can also cause additional problems, such as thickened oil production and clogged glands, which often leads to inflammation, eyelid irritation, and other uncomfortable symptoms, like eye irritation, watery eyes, or a scratchy feeling.

Our Dry Eye Diagnostic Options

Before we move on to the treatment stage, it’s important to get to the bottom of your dry eye symptoms. We offer a wide range of diagnostic options that help our team get the full picture when it comes to your eye health and your dry eye needs.

Our diagnostic services include gland imaging, tear break-up time testing, topography, InflammaDry, and more.

Gland Imaging

Gland imaging allows us to assess the function and structure of the meibomian glands in your eyelids, which can often be the root cause of dry eye syndrome. By identifying and addressing any abnormalities, we can develop a personalized treatment plan to help you manage your dry eye symptoms effectively.

Tear Break-Up Time Testing

Tear Break-Up Time (TBUT) measures the time it takes for your tears to evaporate and can help us assess the quality of your tears. A low TBUT may indicate that your eyes are not producing enough tears or that the tears produced are of poor quality, which can contribute to dry eye symptoms. With this information, we can develop your treatment plan.

Corneal Topography

Corneal topography is a diagnostic tool that helps us assess the shape and contour of your cornea. This information allows us to identify irregularities that may be contributing to your dry eye symptoms. Additionally, topography can help us evaluate the efficacy of contact lenses and monitor the progression of conditions such as keratoconus.

InflammaDry

InflammaDry is a rapid point-of-care test that can detect elevated levels of an inflammatory marker associated with dry eye disease. InflammaDry is a noninvasive test that requires only a small tear sample and provides results quickly. We implement InflammaDry to address the underlying cause of your dry eye symptoms and explore your treatment options.

TearLab Osmolarity System

The TearLab Osmolarity System measures the osmolarity (salt content) of your tears, which is a key component in the development of dry eye syndrome. A high osmolarity level can indicate that your tears are not providing enough lubrication to your eyes.

Optical coherence tomography

Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a diagnostic tool that uses light waves to take high-resolution images of the retina, optic nerve, and other structures inside your eye. These detailed images help us diagnose and manage a variety of eye conditions, including glaucoma, macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy.

OCT is a noninvasive procedure that takes only a few minutes to complete.

Optos retinal imaging provides a panoramic view of the retina in a single image. This technology allows us to capture up to 200 degrees of the retina and detect potential issues or diseases, such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, or diabetic retinopathy.

With optos retinal imaging, we can provide more accurate diagnoses and develop treatment plans for our patients.

Virtual reality visual field testing uses virtual reality headsets to create an immersive experience that simulates real-life scenarios while measuring the patient’s visual field. It is an effective tool in detecting and managing eye diseases such as glaucoma, which can cause vision loss in the peripheral vision areas.

Corneal topography is a noninvasive imaging technique that measures the curvature and shape of the cornea, which is the front part of the eye. Corneal topography is used to diagnose and manage a variety of eye conditions, such as keratoconus, corneal dystrophies, and perform contact lens fittings.

Macular pigment optical density (MPOD) testing is a noninvasive imaging technique used to evaluate the macular pigment in the eye. The macular pigment is responsible for protecting the retina from harmful blue light and oxidative stress, which can lead to macular degeneration.

MPOD testing helps us evaluate the level of macular pigment in your eye and determine if you are at risk for age-related macular degeneration.

The OmegaQuant Omega-3 Index Test

We understand that managing dry eye is about more than just treating the symptoms. That’s why we offer OmegaQuant, a quick and easy finger-prick blood test that measures the amount of EPA and DHA (Omega-3) in your blood. The Omega-3 Index Test is an important part of dry eye diagnostics, as maintaining an Omega-3 Index between 8% to 12% is ideal for proper eye health. 

We recommend that our patients have their Omega-3 Index tested every 4 to 6 months to check that they are maintaining healthy levels.

Our Dry Eye Treatments

We offer a variety of dry eye treatments and solutions, including OptiLight by Lumenis, BlephEx, LipiFlow, and other options to address your dry eye symptoms and help you take back your comfort. 

Following a comprehensive diagnostic process, our team can work with you to find the right dry eye treatment option for your specific needs.

OptiLight by Lumenis

OptiLight by Lumenis is a light-based, noninvasive treatment done in the area below the eyes to manage dry eye. The first and only IPL FDA-approved for dry eye management.

The treatment is safe, gentle, and is backed by more than 20 clinical studies.

OptiLight uses precise pulses of light to reduce the inflammation that is typically associated with dry eye disease, improve tear break-up time, and increase meibomian gland functionality.

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BlephEx is a treatment option that uses a handheld electro-mechanical device to clean the margins of your eyelids and improve tear film flow onto the surface of your eyes. The BlephEx device has a disposable surgical-grade sponge tip that gently cleans the eyelids and takes about 6 to 8 minutes per eye.

Before application, the tip is soaked in a soft exfoliating solution that helps remove dead skin cells and debris that may be irritating your eyes and interfering with tear film progression.

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equinox Low-Level Light Therapy (LLLT) is a red light therapy that can help unclog oil glands and decrease inflammation in swollen glands. During the 15-minute procedure, patients wear a mask lined with red lights that heat up to approximately 105° F. This heat helps to gently melt and unclog oils from the glands, while the red light decreases inflammation.

Patients can relax in a massage chair and listen to soothing music during the treatment, followed by a facial massage post-treatment.

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LipiFlow is a dry eye treatment method that is performed in the comfort of your eye doctor’s office. We use single-use applicators, which are placed over your eyes and connected to a device that heats the inner eyelids to approximately 108.5° F while simultaneously placing gentle pressure on the outer eyelid surfaces.

You can relax and enjoy soothing music during the 12-minute procedure, after which you can return to your daily activities right away.

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Punctal plugs help manage dry eyes when your tears are draining from your eyes too quickly. Punctal plugs are tiny medical devices that are placed into your tear ducts to slow down how fast tears leave the surface of your eyes.

Punctal plugs typically come in temporary or dissolving and semi-permanent types.

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Your Home for Dry Eye Care in Watertown

We take pride in offering a variety of dry eye diagnostics and treatment options. We know that dealing with dry eye symptoms alone can be challenging, so our team is fully equipped and experienced to help our patients find relief. 

Contact us to schedule your appointment today and prevent dry eye from affecting your quality of life.

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  • 1300 19th St NE
  • Watertown, SD 57201

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  • Monday: 8:30 AM 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 8:30 AM 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 9:30 AM 5:00 PM
  • Thursday: 8:30 AM 5:00 PM
  • Friday: 8:00 AM 1:00 PM
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed

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