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A trained professional administers drops for a patient with chronic dry eyeIf you suffer from dry eye syndrome and are fed up with uncomfortable, itchy eyes, Chicago Cornea Consultants, Ltd. may be able to help. As the specialists in dry eye treatment and the first in Chicago to offer LipiFlow®, our doctors have the experience necessary to correct your dry eye symptoms. If you would like to learn more about this condition or schedule a consultation with one of our board-certified ophthalmologists, send us an email or call today.

What Is Dry Eye?

The most common type of dry eye, evaporative dry eye, is caused by a lipid (oil) deficiency resulting from a blockage of the meibomian glands. Your tear film, made up of the lipid, aqueous, and mucin layers, is protected against evaporation by meibum, an oily substance found in the meibomian glands around the rims of your eyelids. When these glands are blocked or dysfunctional, your tears evaporate too quickly (between four and sixteen times faster than normal).

Aqueous deficient dry eye occurs when the lacrimal glands (located above the lateral end of your eye) do not create enough moisture to keep your eyes moist.

Symptoms

Symptoms of dry eye can be very uncomfortable and make simple tasks such as reading, using a computer, driving, and watching television strenuous and painful. If you experience one of the following symptoms, it is important that you contact our experts in Highland Park, Hoffman Estates, or Chicago as soon as possible to determine whether you have dry eye syndrome:

  • Dryness
  • Discomfort and irritation
  • Tearing
  • Redness
  • Tiredness
  • Itching
  • Grittiness
  • The sensation that there is a foreign body in the eye
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Vision disturbance
  • Burning or stinging

LipiFlow® Treatment

When you visit our Chicago, Highland Park, or Hoffman Estates practices for a dry eye consultation, we will conduct a series of diagnostic tests and evaluations to assess your symptoms. If your results show more-than-mild symptoms, we will take a series of highly detailed images of your tear film with the advanced LipiView® interferometer. This non-invasive process will take just a few minutes. A special light will be directed onto the front surface of your eye to give your doctor a closer look at your tear film.

If our diagnostic testing uncovers your need for evaporative dry eye treatment, our LipiFlow® Thermal Pulsation technology will help manage your symptoms. During the procedure, we will combine directed heat and pulsatile pressure to relieve the blockage of your meibomian glands. Lasting only about twelve minutes, LipiFlow® is the only dry eye treatment available that addresses the syndrome at its source. Other treatments provide temporary relief, but LipiFlow® can provide long-lasting results.

Clinically proven to provide sustained results, LipiFlow® treatment improved dry eye symptoms in over 79 percent of its clinical study patients. Combined with the unmatched expertise of the professionals at Chicago Cornea Consultants, Ltd., this revolutionary dry eye treatment can improve your vision, your comfort, and your quality of life.

Learn More

If you're struggling with the discomfort of dry eye syndrome, and you have exhausted other treatments with no success, it's time to contact our board-certified ophthalmologists in Chicago, Highland Park or Hoffman Estates about LipiFlow®. Don't wait another day to be rid of itchy, dry, uncomfortable eyes.

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