Dry Eye Therapy in Spanish Fort

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Sand is something we all enjoy at the beach, but when it feels like it’s in your eyes, it’s not so fun! Dry eye disease can leave your eyes feeling gritty, dry, and uncomfortable.

We want you to enjoy the world around you without worrying about how uncomfortable your eyes are. At Perspective Eye Care, we offer some incredibly helpful treatments that help us diagnose and treat your dry eyes.

What is Dry Eye?

Dry eye disease is a progressive eye condition that can make day to day life uncomfortable. It often occurs when the eyes aren’t producing enough quality tears to keep them lubricated and comfortable. Without tears to keep the eye’s surface moisturized, they can become irritated and inflamed.

Sometimes, the eye produces enough tears, but it drains too quickly, leaving the eyes without the necessary tears to stay comfortable.

The Tear Film

The tear film is a layer of tears that cover the surface of the eye. It’s made up of 3 layers, a mucus layer, a watery layer, and an oily layer. The oily layer prevents the tear from evaporating, the watery layer repels bacteria, and the mucus layer keeps the tear fastened to the eye.

When one of the layers is out of balance, the tears can’t provide adequate moisture for the eye, and dry eye symptoms can develop.

What Causes Dry Eye Disease?

There are several reasons you might develop dry eye disease, including:

Age

Dry eyes commonly occur as a part of the natural aging process. Most people over 65 experience symptoms of dry eye.

Dry eyes can occur due to hormonal changes, which is common in women during pregnancy, menopause, or during the use of oral contraceptives.

Certain medications, like antihistamines, decongestants, antidepressants, and blood pressure medications, can reduce tear production.

Individuals with rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, and thyroid problems may develop symptoms of dry eye. Also, eyelid or gland conditions like blepharitis or meibomian gland dysfunction can cause dry eyes.

Smoky, windy, or overly dry climates can cause tears to evaporate too quickly, contributing to dry eye symptoms.

Spending too much time staring at digital screens without adequate breaks can cause less blinking, making the eyes feel dry.

Wearing contact lenses long-term can lead to the development of dry eyes.

Laser eye surgery, like LASIK or PRK, can decrease tear production and contribute to dry eye symptoms.

Symptoms of Dry Eye Disease

Symptoms of dry eye disease include:

  • Irritated, gritty eyes
  • Burning or scratchy sensation
  • Overly watery eyes
  • Red eyes
  • Burning sensation
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Excess mucus

Treating Dry Eye Disease

At Perspective Eye Center, we want your eyes to feel healthy and comfortable. We use specific high-grade technologies to detect, diagnose, and treat dry eye disease.

LipiScan

LipiScan® Dynamic Meibomian Imager is a revolutionary imaging technology that allows us to take high-definition images of your meibomian glands. It’s a small, portable device that helps us identify signs of meibomian gland dysfunction to recommend the appropriate treatment.

LipiFlow® Thermal Pulsation System is a specialty treatment designed to remove blockages in your meibomian glands, preventing them from producing the oil necessary for the protective layer of your tear film.

First, we’ll administer numbing eye drops to reduce any discomfort associated with the procedure. Then, single-use, sterile dome-shaped devices are placed over the eyes. These devices apply heat to the glands inside your eyelids using Vector Thermal Pulsation technology. The combination of heat plus pressure massages and liquefies any blockages in the glands helps meibum flow freely.

Although some patients report some mild pain or discomfort associated with the treatment, most find it very tolerable.

If you’re interested in what we can do for your dry eyes, please don’t hesitate to reach out!

Our Location

Where Can You Find Us?

We’re in the Eastern Shore Plaza beside Stix Restaurant and in front of Best Buy.

Where to Park?

The Eastern Shore Plaza has ample free parking throughout.

Our Address

10184 Eastern Shore Blvd
Spanish Fort, AL 36527

Contact Information

Hours of Operation

Monday
9 AM6 PM
Tuesday
9 AM6 PM
Wednesday
9 AM6 PM
Thursday
9 AM6 PM
Friday
9 AM6 PM
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

Please note we are closed 12-1PM for lunch

Our Services

Did you know that your athletic performance heavily relies on your eyes? We offer specific training for athletes to help strengthen your hand-eye coordination, focus, and other visual skills.

Sports Vision Training

Your child’s vision plays a significant role in their development. Some eye exams can feel intimidating, but our children’s eye exams help your child learn a little more about their eyes in an environment where they can feel comfortable.

Children’s Eye Exams

Examinations from an eye care professional are crucial for pinpointing early signs of eye disease, which may not always show symptoms. Our highly trained staff know precisely what to look for to help preserve your eye health.

Eye Disease Diagnosis & Management

Your eyesight and ocular health will change significantly with age and increase your risk of developing certain diseases and conditions. But, having an eye exam is the first step to maintaining your eye health and vision.

Adult & Senior Eye Exams

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