Dry Eye Therapy in Greenville

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Full-Scope Dry Eye Care

If you’re experiencing symptoms like watery eyes, eye fatigue, irritation, or even blurry vision, you may have dry eye, a condition that affects people worldwide. At Dr. McGregor & Associates, we provide full-scope dry eye care, from dry eye assessments to the treatment stage, with OptiLight by Lumenis and other treatment options. 

Our team considers various factors, such as tear production and quality, environmental factors, and screen time, to develop a personalized treatment plan to manage your dry eyes.

We aim to help provide relief and comfort for your dry eye symptoms—contact us to schedule your appointment with us today.

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Tear Production & Dry Eye

It’s important to understand the role tear production plays in preventing dry eye. Dry eye can be caused when something goes wrong with your tear production or the glands that create tears become inflamed.

Your tears are made of 3 layers:

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

We can examine your eyes and suggest a personalized treatment to address your symptoms during your assessment.

OptiLight By Lumenis for Dry Eye Treatment

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. 

Who Can Get Dry Eye?

Dry eye disease can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender, or race. However, certain factors can increase the risk of developing this condition, including:

  • Spending a lot of time using digital screens
  • Wearing contact lenses without proper care
  • Using eye makeup daily

Environmental factors can also play a role in the development of dry eye disease. If you’re living in dry and windy places, you may be more likely to experience dryness and eye irritation due to environmental conditions.

Meibomian Gland Dysfunction & Dry Eye

Inflammation of the glands that line your eyelids can lead to meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD). MGD can reduce oil production in your tears, causing the watery layer to evaporate and leading to dryness.

When MGD occurs, the oils that your meibomian glands produce can thicken and clog the glands, resulting in inflammation, eyelid irritation, and dry eye symptoms such as watery eyes, eye irritation, and a scratchy sensation. 

Our experienced team can help you manage MGD through our treatment methods.

Your Dry Eye Screening

Before we create a treatment plan for you, we’ll perform a full dry eye screening using a variety of diagnostic tools.

To get a fuller picture of your needs, we’ll take images of your meibomian glands through a technique called meibography. Meibography allows us to show you the before and after visuals of your meibomian glands to show their current state. 

We also offer dyes/staining and subjective tear break-up time testing as a part of our dry eye evaluation process.

Our Dry Eye Treatments

We understand that dry eye can be challenging to manage, and we offer various dry eye treatment options to help you find relief. Along with OptiLight by Lumenis, our wide range of dry eye treatment methods includes punctal plugs, medicated drops, meibomian gland expression, and more.

We strive to address the underlying cause of your dry eyes, and our team will work with you to create a personalized treatment plan

Punctal Plugs

Punctal plugs are small devices placed into tear ducts to block the drainage of tears, help keep your eyes moist, and prevent them from drying out too quickly.

Punctal plugs are a treatment method that can be effective in providing lasting relief from dry eye symptoms.

Medicated eye drops such as RESTASIS may be a treatment option to relieve your dry eye discomfort.

RESTASIS eye drops contain an active ingredient that can help reduce inflammation and increase the eye’s natural ability to produce tears.

If you’re experiencing dry eye symptoms, meibomian gland expression may be able to help.

This noninvasive procedure involves applying gentle pressure to the meibomian glands. Expressing the oil in your eyelids can help the quality and quantity of your tears improve, reducing dry eye symptoms such as irritation, fatigue, and watery eyes.

Eyelid debridement is a natural treatment method that helps remove debris or bacteria that have accumulated on the eyelids, improving the quality and quantity of tears produced and reducing feelings of irritation.

This simple procedure is typically performed in-office by our team and involves using a specialized tool to gently remove the debris or bacteria built up on the eyelids.

Some patients prefer natural treatment methods rather than medical treatments. We talk to our patients about natural dry eye treatment methods like:

  • Warm compresses
  • Omega-3s
  • Staying hydrated
  • Eyelid and eyelash cleansers

We also work with you to recommend dietary and lifestyle modifications to help keep your eyes healthy.

Helping You Take Your Comfort Back

Dry eye can not only put a dent in your productivity but also interfere with your comfort, and we want to help prevent that. Our experienced team implements dry eye treatments such as OptiLight by Lumenis to help address your dry eye symptoms. 

Contact us to schedule your appointment today, and don’t let dry eye slow you down.

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Come See Us

You can find us on the corner of Feaster and Woodruff Road. We have convenient parking available around the building, and our team is looking forward to welcoming you.

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  • 1609 Woodruff Road
  • Greenville, SC 29607

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