In-Office Dry Eye Treatment and Testing

The Polyclinic’s Optometry and Ophthalmology departments offer a comprehensive range of specialized in-office and at-home treatments for patients with dry eye disease as a Dry Eye Center of Excellence. The Polyclinic optometrists and ophthalmologists provide a thorough evaluation of the factors that can contribute to dry eye and create an individualized treatment plan. In-office treatments for dry eye include:

LipiFlow® Thermal Pulsation System

The vast majority of patients with dry eye—estimated at nearly 86%—have some type of meibomian gland dysfunction, or evaporative dry eye disease. LipiFlow is the only FDA-approved device for removing gland blockages and restoring gland function. It applies precisely controlled heat and gentle pressure to the upper and lower eyelids to unblock the glands during a 12-minute, in-office procedure. LipiFlow allows meibomian glands to resume their natural production of lipids needed for a healthy tear film.

Lid Margin Cleaning

This in-office treatment removes material such as an inflamed biofilm, debris, and buildup from the lid margin, enabling proper secretions from the meibomian glands to spread across the ocular surface. This is also performed before every Lipiflow treatment.

Scleral Lenses

Scleral lenses provide a fluid reservoir over the ocular surface that can promote healing of ocular tissues and protect the surface of the eye from desiccation. The lens is a clear cover shell custom-designed by the provider to match the contours of each individual eye.

Prokera Lenses

This ‘bandage’ lens is a therapeutic device made from amniotic membrane to repair and heal persistently damaged eye surfaces and promote healing of severely compromised eyes, including dry eye. Eyes treated with amniotic membrane tissue have quicker healing, less pain, less scarring, and less inflammation.

Autologous Serum Tears or Vital Tears

For severe cases of dry eye, these biologic drops contain growth factors that can promote ocular surface healing and promote normalization of corneal nerves not found in over-the-counter artificial tears.

Punctal Plugs

These tiny devices are placed into the tear duct to prevent the tears from draining. By blocking the tear duct, more natural tears are retained onto the eye as well as any applied lubricating eye drops.

To learn more about our dry eye services and treatments, contact our office at 206-323-3937 to schedule a dry eye consultation to discuss a treatment plan.