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 Dry Eye Information: 

 

At Mountain Vista Eyecare and Dry Eye Center you can be sure that all your dry eye needs with be fulfilled.  We have many ways to diagnosis and treat your dry eyes.

 

Since 2008, Mountain Vista Eyecare and Dry Eye Center has conducted several dry eye studies, testing the efficacy of several commonly used, over the counter artificial tear drops.  The multi-site, randomized, masked studies involved just over a dozen Mountain Vista Eyecare patients with moderate to severe dry eyes.  Several new over the counter artificial tear drops have evolved as a result of these studies.

  

If you are experiencing eye dryness, irritation, light sensitivity, vision fluctuations, contact lens intolerance and eye fatigue, you may be a candidate for a new treatment called LipiFlow.

 

Of millions of people in the U.S. that suffer from dry eye, a majority have evaporative dry eye, which stems from a deficiency in the oily lipid layer of the eye’s tear film.  The lipid deficiency is due to blockages in the Meibomian glands located in the eyelids.  The lipids serve to protect the water (aqueous) layer of tears so that the tears do not evaporate too quickly. 

For more information on Meibomian Glad Dysfunction (MGD) and Lipiflow please click here.

 

How do you know if you have dry eyes?

Dry eyes are a chronic condition; Colorado’s climate is known to increase the likelihood of this syndrome.  Dryness of your eyes can be caused by a multitude of factors and you can have many different symptoms.  The Doctors of Mountain Vista Eyecare and Dry Eye Center are skilled at detecting, diagnosing, and treating dryness of your eyes.

 

Common Symptoms:       

  • Blurry Vision
  • Itchy
  • Red
  • Gritty
  • Light Sensitivity
  • Watery Eyes 

Common Causes:

  • Medication side effects
  • Poor Tear Quality
  • Smoke
  • Allergies
  • Environment/ Climate
  • Extended Computer Use
  • Systemic diseases: Sjorgrens, Lupus
  • Eye Lid disorders
  • Post Surgical Procedures

 You can combat many of your symptoms by changing a few of your lifestyle choices.
  • Drinking more water (80 oz /day)
  • Taking Omega 3 or Fish Oil
  • Artificial Tears (Moisture Drops)
  • Avoid smoky environments
  • Moving away from fans, or heat vents

If taking the above measures do not help with your dry eyes the Doctors of Mountain Vista Eyecare and Dry Eye Center are able to customize a regimen by either using lid scrubs and or lid massages, punctual plugs,  and prescription drops.

  

 

 


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TearScience Lipiflow

 

Lipiflow is the only FDA approved procedure that has been shown to help moderate to severe dry eye patients achieve long term relief from their symptoms. It is a 12 minute procedure that is done in our offices. A thermal pulsator is placed along the upper and lower lid of each eye. This instrument directs heat to the oil producing glands of the lids and gently massages the oil glands to allow the dried oil to be expressed. In the majority of cases, significant clinical relief is achieved that last from nine to in excess of thirty-six months. However in order to appropriately screen those patients with the greatest opportunity of achieving these results, a comprehensive dry eye evaluation is done in our office. The oil glands are evaluated. The tear osmolality is determined. The lids and cornea are examined for disease that may contribute to the underlying dry eye disease. An instrument called a tear layer interferometer, or LipiView, is used to determine the frequency and completeness of the patient’s blink as well as the depth of the tear oil level. If it is determined that you are a candidate the procedure is scheduled.

  

Costs/Financing Cost Associated with LipiFlow:

  

Consultation

  • The doctor’s evaluation is typically paid by insurance. What you pay out of pocket is dependent on your insurance, your deductible and plan co-pay.
  • The LipiView test which measures the extent of your tear lipid layer, an important component of determining your candidacy, is not paid by insurance. This is an out of pocket expense of $50.

The Procedure: LipiFlow

  • The procedure is not paid for by insurance. It is an out of pocket expense of $500/eye. We can provide patients with interest free financing for up to two years through CareCredit. We also accept all major credit cards.
  • One post operative evaluation included with procedure (Usually 8 weeks after procedure).