Dry Eye Blog

Dry Eye Blog

Dry Eye Blog

Dry Eye Blog

Dry Eye Blog

Our Dry Eye Blogs are written by East Main Vision Clinic team members especially for you, our valued patients!

Keratinization in eyes

What is Keratinization?

April 25, 2022

Keratinization is a biofilm that we naturally build up that is made up of debris from our tears which happens to sit along our waterline and often blocks our meibomian glands from secreting the natural oils that we need on the surface of the eye. It is particularly important to keep the top of our oil glands free from any debris build up, so they can function properly and secrete that oil we need within our tears for better comfort of the eyes.

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Woman Putting on Contact Lenses

How to Prevent Dry Eyes While Wearing Contact Lenses

March 11, 2022

Ever feel stuck in the middle? Well, that’s what a contact does, it sandwiches in the middle of your tear film and cornea! While they offer an excellent source of vision, contacts can interrupt our tear film and cause additional problems, especially if you are already prone to dry eyes or allergies.

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woman with dry eye

You’ve Had Your iLUX Treatment; Now What?

January 14, 2022

So, you’ve had your iLUX treatment and now you’re wondering what to do next? If that’s you, continue reading! After you have your iLUX treatment, it’s very important to be compliant with continued aftercare so that we can continue to improve and keep our meibomian glands clear and functioning properly.

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Dry Eye

What Triggers Dry Eye

December 15, 2021

Dry eye syndrome is a condition that arises when your eyes do not produce sufficient tears to lubricate themselves. Tears may be inadequate for several reasons, one including the meibomian glands producing poor-quality oil or very little to no oil.

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Identifying and Curing a Demodex Infestation

December 8, 2021

Thinking about Christmas just around the corner and one of my favorite Christmas movies; The Grinch© I started thinking about the little “grinch mites” called Demodex; that can reside in the base of many of the population’s eyelashes. As I tell our patients; this isn’t a hygiene issue per say, because we all have little microorganisms all over our bodies, and those little guys have their purpose. What we don’t want is for the Demodex mites to become overpopulated.

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Dry Eyes vs. Seasonal Allergies

Symptoms of Dry Eyes Vs. Seasonal Allergies

September 16, 2021

The Pacific Northwest has been hit hard again this year with everything from wildfires to residential burns. All the dry weather and a smoke cover in the air can cause increased dry eyes and allergies. Dry eyes and seasonal allergies can both make your eyes itchy and sore, making it hard to tell the difference between the two. So, how can you tell for sure whether the stinging and itchiness are the symptoms of dry eyes or seasonal allergies?

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Contact Lens Discomfort and Dry Eye

August 31, 2021

Contact lens discomfort can happen for various reasons, including poor fit, eye allergies, eye infections, and dry eyes. If you have dry eyes, your contact lenses may feel uncomfortable when you wear them for long periods. This is particularly true at the end of the day, when you may experience pain, burning, or a gritty sensation, as if you have sand particles in your eye.

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MGD

Meibomian Gland Dysfunction(MGD): What Is It?

May 19, 2021

Meibomian glands are the tiny oil glands that line the margin of the eyelids, the edges that touch when your eyes close, on both upper and lower lids. These glands secrete oil, called meibum, which coats the surface of the eye and keeps our tears from evaporating quicker than they should. The more oil-secreting out of those glands, the more comfort your eyes are going to experience!

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Dry Eyes

Why are my eyes so dry in the morning?

April 30, 2021

This is such a great question. I get this question from my patients daily. This one question tells me a lot about their eyes even before I start my examination. There are several reasons why eyes feel dry and can even hurt in the morning. 

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Eye Allergies in the Pacific Northwest

April 6, 2021

What is that saying, “April showers bring May flowers?” While we are obsessed with the cherry blossoms at the University of Washington and the tulips during the Tulip Festival in Skagit Valley! This time of year in the Pacific Northwest may be beautiful, but it can be really difficult for those who suffer from mild to severe seasonal allergies.

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