If your eyes are frequently irritated, red, or painful, you may have a condition known as dry eyes. At Mayo Family Eye Care LLC, comprehensive eye exams and tear tests are available in-office to diagnose dry eyes. Sabrina Mayo, OD, and the team customize a care plan using IPL therapy, artificial tears, medicated eye drops, and other treatment strategies to relieve your symptoms and protect your long-term eye health. Call the Exeter, New Hampshire, office to schedule an appointment for dry eyes or request a consultation online today.
What are eye exams?
Dry eyes is a condition that develops when you’re not able to produce enough tears or tears of sufficient quality to keep your eyes lubricated. A lack of quality tears can trigger inflammation on the surface of your eye that disrupts your vision and causes persistent discomfort. Your tears are made up of layers of fatty oils, mucus, and aqueous fluids. Tears keep your eyes hydrated and clear away debris, so you can see clearly. Poor quality or insufficient tears can result from:
Use of certain medications
Mayo Family Eye Care LLC offers diagnostic evaluations, customized care plans, and ongoing management services for dry eyes. When should I seek medical care for dry eyes? You should schedule an evaluation at Mayo Family Eye Care LLC if you have symptoms of dry eyes, such as:
Watery, itchy eyes
Eye pain or stinging
Difficult wearing contacts
Reduced night vision
Increased sensitivity to light
The team may also use special eye drops to determine how fast tears on the surface of your eye evaporate.
Based on the results of your exam and tear tests, the team creates a care plan to ease your symptoms and improve your eye health.
How are dry eyes treated?
Slit Lamp Imaging and Anterior Segment Camera with Meibography is used to diagnose and treat dry eye conditions more effectively. The Slit Lamp Imaging allows our doctor to get a detailed look at the front part of the eye, helping them identify any abnormalities or issues. The Anterior Segment Camera with Meibography focuses on the glands responsible for producing tears, providing a clearer picture of their health. By using this technology, our doctor can better understand the root causes of dry eye, leading to more precise and personalized treatment plans for patients, improving overall eye comfort and health.
IPL Therapy: Intense-Pulsed Light (IPL)
Intense-pulsed light (IPL) therapy is a revolutionary treatment that harnesses targeted light energy to activate your meibomian glands, which play a crucial role in tear production. These glands are responsible for secreting oils that form a part of your tears, preventing rapid evaporation and maintaining eye moisture.
IPL therapy aims to enhance the function of your meibomian glands by delivering precise bursts of light energy to the affected areas. By doing so, it stimulates the glands, promoting improved oil flow and aiding in the alleviation of dry eye symptoms. This treatment is particularly beneficial for individuals experiencing Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD), a common condition where the meibomian glands do not produce enough oil or the oil is of poor quality.
The non-invasive nature of IPL therapy makes it an attractive option for those seeking relief from dry eye symptoms. It is often considered a valuable complement to other treatments for comprehensive dry eye management. However, it's essential to consult with the experts at Mayo Eye Care LLC to determine if IPL therapy is suitable for your specific eye health needs.
Experience the potential benefits of IPL therapy in enhancing the function of your meibomian glands and promoting a healthier tear film. Our dedicated team is here to provide personalized guidance and determine the most effective treatment plan tailored to your individual requirements.
TearCare is an outpatient procedure that uses a sterile, single-use flexible eyelid device to heat up and activate your meibomian glands. Like IPL therapy, TearCare helps release the oil inside of your meibomian glands, increasing natural tear production.
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Call Mayo Family Eye Care LLC to schedule a diagnostic evaluation for dry eyes or request an appointment online today.
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