Dry Eye Clinic
Dry eye syndrome or ocular surface disease is a chronic and multifaceted, multi-layered or series of conditions that require multi-pronged approaches. No case is identical, and therefore treatment plans will vary greatly from individual to individual. Gone are the days when we merely send patients home with artificial tear coupons and samples. Below are some of the more common treatment options available at our office. I look forward to seeing you soon for a dry eye consultation.
Dr. Jason Chen
Home Adjunct & Medical Therapy
Back to basics!
During our initial consultation, we will exam and explore your the fundamentals of dry eye. We'll discuss additional environmental and nutritional factors, lifestyle changes, home treatments as well as various prescription medications (low dose doxycycline / Xiidra / Restasis / Cequa / Tyrvaya) in our arsenals that might work the best for you.
Coverage of medication subject to insurance formulatory, copays, and deductibles.
There are four punctum (where your natural tears drain out of your eyes, and into your nasal passageway).
When there simply isn't enough tears, plugs are handy in retaining what tears you produce in your eyes a little longer!
They come as both diagnostic (with ones that melt away within days) and therapeutic plugs (that lasts anywhere from 3-6 months, to long-term duration ones made of silicone).
Insurance covered treatment for dry eye sufferers subject to deductibles and coinsurances
MiBo ThermoFlo Heat Treatment
Elective non-covered service $̶1̶5̶0̶ $100 per session
Over 80% of dry eye sufferers also have meibomian gland dysfunction, where thickened oils obstruct the normal secretion of oil that coats and protects the surface of the tear film.
The MiBo Thermoflo supplies continuous controlled heat that is applied to the outer skin of the eye lids along with ultrasound gel for a gentle massage. The heat is absorbed deep into the tissue and breaks down the hardened lipids in the meibomian glands.
IPL (Intense Pulse Light) Therapy and Radio Frequency (RF)
Intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy is a relatively new and innovative approach to treating dry eye syndrome. This treatment involves the use of high-intensity flashes of light that penetrate the skin around the eyes to stimulate the glands that produce tears. IPL therapy has shown promising results in alleviating the symptoms of dry eyes, including irritation, burning, and redness. This treatment is non-invasive and does not require any surgical procedures, making it a safer and more convenient option for those suffering from dry eyes. When you are coming specifically for a dry eye consultation, we will delve into the details of IPL therapy, including its mechanism of action, benefits, risks, and side effects, to help you understand if IPL is the right treatment option for your dry eyes.
Elective non-covered service $1400 for package of four sessions or $400 per session