Dry Eye Therapy in Peoria

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Eyes Are for Looking, Not Feeling

The body is an incredible thing, and each part is specially designed to keep you comfortable and healthy. We rarely think about the many processes taking place in our bodies every second—until they aren’t working properly.

When we blink, our tears spread across the surface of our eyes, moistening them and keeping them comfortable. When this delicate process breaks down, eyes can feel scratchy, sore, and irritated.

Your eyes are for sight—when you can feel them, that’s a problem. Millions of Americans are affected by dry eye disease and its uncomfortable symptoms. But, relief is available.

The Bixby Eye Center offers dry eye diagnostics and a variety of treatment options for dry eye disease. Book your appointment today.

Symptoms of Dry Eye Disease

Environmental conditions can certainly cause acute bouts of dry eyes, but when the issue becomes chronic, it’s time for an eye exam. 

Symptoms of dry eyes can include:

  • Redness
  • Tired eyes
  • Blurry vision
  • Light sensitivity
  • Stringy mucus
  • Watery eyes
  • Stinging
  • Burning
  • Scratching
  • Foreign body sensation

Why Are They Dry?

There are 2 main types of chronic dry eyes—evaporative dry eye and aqueous deficiency dry eye. 

Aqueous Deficiency Dry Eye

If you have aqueous deficiency dry eye disease, your eyes don’t produce enough tears. This type of dry eye disease is the least common, and it can be caused by autoimmune conditions like Sjögren’s syndrome.

The more common type of dry eye disease is evaporative dry eye disease. If you have evaporative dry eyes, your eyes aren’t producing quality tears. 

Your tears are made up of 3 important layers that all have a specific function. There is a mucus layer, an oil layer, and a water layer:

  • The oil layer keeps the tears from drying up too quickly
  • The water layer keeps the eyes hydrated
  • The mucus layer makes sure the moisture spreads over the surface of the eye 

If any of these layers is out of balance, dry eyes can result.

The oil layer of your tears is created in the meibomian glands. These tiny glands are located along your top and bottom eyelid margins. 

If these glands become blocked or are not producing oil for some reason, dry eyes can result. 

Symptoms of Dry Eye Disease

You know now that dry eye disease emerges from a tear film dysfunction and can manifest in one of two ways—but what leads to that point?

If your symptoms result from decreased tear production when you’re not able to produce enough lubrication, some causes include:

  • Aging
  • Certain medical conditions, including allergic eye disease, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and thyroid disorders
  • Certain medications, including antihistamines, nasal decongestants, hormone replacement therapy, and birth control
  • Less sensitive corneal nerves caused by contact lenses, nerve damage, or previous laser eye surgery

When you are able to produce enough lubrication, but your tears evaporate too quickly, your dry eye symptoms could be caused by various factors, including:

  • Meibomian gland dysfunction
  • Blinking less frequently while reading, using digital screens, driving, or partaking in other activities that require concentration
  • Eyelid issues
  • Eye allergies
  • Preservatives in topical eye drops
  • Wind, smoke, or dry air
  • Vitamin A deficiency

How We Can Help

It’s vital to treat your dry eye symptoms because it’s a chronic disease that can progressively damage the front surface of your eye. 

Once we assess your eye health during your appointment, we can guide you towards a suitable treatment plan for your needs. 

OCuSOFT Thermal 1 Touch Treatment

Bixby Eye Center is proud to be one of the only practices in this area to offer OCuSOFT Thermal 1 Touch treatment. This is an in-office treatment designed with the precision to emit constant heat over the eyelids. Your optometrist uses this device, applying gentle pressure to loosen blockages in the meibomian glands. 

Take your dry eye treatment home with this ready-made from OPTASE. This kit has what you need to alleviate symptoms. Contents include a reusable and washable moist heat mask, tea tree oil-based eyelid wipes, and preservative-free eye drops.

You can use eye drops (artificial tears) to help reduce redness, inflammation, and support tear production. Depending on your dry eye symptoms, we may suggest over-the-counter eye drops with lubricants and electrolytes or prescribe medicated eye drops with anti-inflammatory properties.

Your meibomian glands can get blocked and limit the oil required for adequate tear production, leading to dry eye symptoms. Find relief with warm therapeutic eye masks designed to soften and loosen the buildup in your glands, allowing tear production to improve.

Studies show that omega-3 fatty acids might help maintain healthy vision. These powerful nutrients are found in fish oil, conveniently converted into supplements you can purchase from your local grocery store. 

At your appointment, we’ll discuss which treatment plan suits your needs.

Find Relief Today

When the symptoms of dry eye disease make it hard to concentrate or focus on daily tasks, it’s time to look at options for relief.

At The Bixby Eye Center, we’ll examine your eyes and discuss any lifestyle factors that might be contributing to your condition. We can then tailor a treatment plan for you. 

Please book an appointment for a dry eye diagnostic today. 

Our Location

Our Address

  • 6807 N. Knoxville Ave.
  • Peoria, IL 61614

Contact Information

  • Monday: 8 AM – 5 PM
  • Tuesday: 8 AM – 5 PM
  • Wednesday: 8 AM – 5 PM
  • Thursday: 8 AM – 5 PM
  • Friday: 8 AM – 5 PM
  • Saturday: 8 AM – 12 PM*
  • Sunday: Closed

*Once per month, call for details

Our Services

Comprehensive Eye Exams

Luxury Eyewear

Contact Lens Exams, Fittings

Dry Eye Therapy

Myopia Management

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