Our Dry Eye Blogs are written by East Main Vision Clinic team members especially for you, our valued patients!
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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!
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.
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.
Your Eyes and Cosmetics
March 8, 2021
Let us start this off with one simple question, do you read the ingredient label when choosing a cosmetic? If you answered no, just know you are not alone! Studies show that 71% of us do not read ingredient labels when it comes to cosmetics. Why is this important you ask? Well continue reading and we will tell you why!
Dry Eye Disease
February 11, 2021
Certainly, many people have significant symptoms and know they have dry eye. But many others are not aware that they have dry eye. Dry eye disease slowly changes you and your eyes. Many people put off or downplay their symptoms blaming things like excessive computer use or age, but no matter the cause, dry eye disease is now treated more effectively than ever before.