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Dry Eye Treatment

How The Cataract
and Laser Institute Treats Dry Eyes!

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At The Cataract and Laser Institute, we offer comprehensive and effective dry eye treatment options to help you find relief and restore comfort to your eyes. Our expert team is dedicated to providing personalized care and utilizing advanced techniques to address your unique needs. Read on to learn more about dry eye, available treatment options, the benefits of treatment, and who is a good candidate

Treatment Types

This type of dry eye occurs when the lacrimal glands fail to produce enough tears. It can be caused by various factors, such as aging, certain medical conditions (like Sjögren’s syndrome or rheumatoid arthritis), hormonal changes (such as menopause), and certain medications (such as antihistamines or diuretics). Aqueous-deficient dry eye often results in a lack of moisture and lubrication on the surface of the eyes.

This type of dry eye is primarily caused by dysfunction in the meibomian glands, which are responsible for producing the oily component of tears. When these glands become blocked, inflamed, or fail to produce enough oil, it leads to an imbalance in the tear composition, resulting in increased evaporation and dryness. Meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) is a common underlying cause of evaporative dry eye.

Meibomian gland probing and expression are procedures aimed at addressing meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD), a common condition where the meibomian glands along the eyelid margins become blocked or dysfunctional. These procedures are performed to open and clear the blocked glands, allowing the natural oils to flow onto the eye’s surface and alleviate dry eye symptoms. While the terms are often used interchangeably, they may refer to slightly different aspects of the treatment.


Stem cell therapy using amniotic tissue involves the use of stem cells derived from the amniotic fluid and amniotic membrane, which are components of the placenta. Amniotic tissue is rich in various types of stem cells, growth factors, and other bioactive substances. Stem cell therapy using amniotic tissue is being explored for its potential regenerative and anti-inflammatory properties.

“Vital Tears” could refer to a brand name or a specific type of artificial tears or lubricating eye drops. Artificial tears are commonly used to relieve dry eye symptoms by providing additional moisture to the eyes. They are available in various formulations, and some may be specifically marketed as “vital tears” to emphasize their role in maintaining ocular health.

“Serum tears” typically refer to autologous serum eye drops. These are a specialized type of eye drops made from a patient’s own blood serum. The blood is processed to remove cells and clotting factors, leaving behind a solution rich in growth factors, proteins, and other natural components. Autologous serum eye drops may be recommended for individuals with severe dry eye or other ocular surface disorders.

Punctal plugs, also known as lacrimal plugs or tear duct plugs, are small devices inserted into the tear ducts (puncta) of the eyes to block the drainage of tears. The tear ducts are openings located at the inner corners of the upper and lower eyelids, and they allow tears to drain away from the surface of the eye.

Benefits of Dry Eye Treatment


Relief from Discomfort

Treatment helps alleviate the discomfort associated with dry eye, including sensations of burning, stinging, itching, or a gritty feeling in the eyes.

Reduction of Inflammation

Dry eye treatment often includes interventions to reduce inflammation on the surface of the eyes, promoting a healthier ocular environment.

Improved Tear Production

Certain treatments aim to stimulate tear production or enhance the quality of tears, addressing the root cause of insufficient lubrication.



The iLux procedure is generally designed to be well-tolerated and is not expected to be painful. It is a minimally invasive treatment for meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD), aimed at addressing issues related to blocked or dysfunctional meibomian glands that contribute to dry eye symptoms.

Usually the iLux take about 1 year or more. The duration of the effect of the iLux procedure can vary among individuals, and the benefits may not be permanent. The iLux treatment is designed to address meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) by opening and expressing blocked or dysfunctional glands, improving the flow of natural oils onto the eye’s surface, and alleviating dry eye symptoms.

Yes, IPL therapy is considered safe when performed by trained professionals. The procedure has been extensively studied and has shown positive results in treating dry eye. Our experienced ophthalmologists will ensure that the treatment is administered safely and effectively.

The number of IPL sessions needed can vary depending on the individual and the severity of the condition. In many cases, a series of multiple sessions spaced a few weeks apart is recommended to achieve optimal results. Your ophthalmologist will determine the appropriate treatment plan based on your specific needs.


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