LipiFlow - New Treatment for Dry Eyes
Dry eye patients now have a new treatment option that could drastically improve their symptoms for as long as two years. LipiFlow is an in-office procedure that gently heats and massages the meibomian glands located within the eyelids.
Background of MGD
Meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) can be caused by several factors. The glands within the eye produce oils every time you blink. The oil combines with tears to keep the eye hydrated and healthy. Several factors cause MGD, including poor diet, lack of hydration, systemic diseases, environmental factors, or genetics. Healthy glands become clogged and tears evaporate much quicker than normal. Symptoms of this condition include excessive watering, redness, blurred vision, or irritation along the lid margin.
Until now, we gave treated MGD with eyelid scrubs, heat and medications. With the use of LipiFlow, symptoms of dry eye improve for a longer period of time. LipiFlow is minimally invasive and completely painless. Long-term drops or ointments can be expensive and may not fully address the symptoms. This therapy addresses the root cause of MGD.
Details about LipiFlow
A small device surrounding the lids gently applies heat and will express any blocked glands. The procedure is painless and takes about 12 minutes. Results can last anywhere from 1 to 5 years. For more information on LipiFlow, click here to email one of our dry eye coordinators.
Posted on 10/19/2017 12:05 PM by Dr. Jeffrey Kegarise
Dr. Jeff and Susan Kegarise's Advanced Contact Lens Training
Dr. Jeff and Susan Kegarise recently attended Alcon’s Academy for Eyecare Excellence Practitioners Visiting Alcon (PVA) Program. Only a handful of practitioners nationwide received advanced training on successfully fitting patients with progressive/multifocal contact lenses. According to Alcon, only 6% of optometrists nationwide have been professionally trained to fit patients with multifocal contact lenses!
This hands-on training took place at the Alcon Experience Center, a 36,000-square-foot facility at Alcon’s global headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas. The center featured a fully equipped optometric exam lane, an enhanced wet lab for training in the ophthalmic surgical environment, and a variety of interactive technologies to create a world-class training experience in eye care.
Patient care comes first at Cool Springs and Donelson EyeCare. We are extremely proud of our doctors for continuing to advance their education. Their hard work and dedication allows us to better improve the eye health of our patients. Way to go, Dr. Jeff and Susan Kegarise!
Posted on 10/02/2017 2:45 PM by Jodi Strock