Dry Eye Therapy in Beloit and Brodhead

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Relieving Dry Eye Discomfort

If you’re experiencing symptoms such as eye fatigue, watery eyes, irritation, or blurry vision, you may have dry eye. At Beloit Family Eye Care, we offer comprehensive dry eye checkups to determine the underlying cause of your dry eye symptoms. 

During the checkup, our experienced optometrists will consider many factors, including your tear production and quality, environment, and screen time habits.

Managing dry eye can be challenging, but our team is equipped with innovative solutions, such as OptiLight by Lumenis. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and start your journey toward healthier, more comfortable eyes.

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What Is the Main Cause of Dry Eyes?

Tear production plays an important role in preventing dry eye. Your tears are made up of 3 layers:

  • The oily outer layer
  • The watery middle layer
  • The inner mucus layer

Dry eye can occur when the glands that produce these elements of your tears are not functioning properly or become inflamed. Inflammation of the glands that line your eyelids can also lead to meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD).

What Is MGD?

Meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) is a common condition that occurs when the meibomian glands in the eyelids become blocked or inflamed, impairing their ability to secrete oil onto the surface of the eye. These oils are essential for maintaining the quality and quantity of tears produced by your eyes. When the meibomian glands aren’t functioning properly, it can lead to dry eye symptoms.

MGD can be caused by factors such as aging, hormonal changes, certain medications, and environmental conditions. It’s important to seek treatment for MGD to prevent long-term damage and alleviate dry eye symptoms.

Diagnosing Dry Eye

Diagnosing dry eye syndrome can be challenging, as symptoms can vary widely between individuals and may be caused by a variety of underlying factors. However, one effective tool that our optometrists use to diagnose dry eye is meibography.

Meibography is a specialized imaging technology that allows our optometrists to get an in-depth look at the meibomian glands in the eyelids. By taking high-resolution images of the glands, we can assess their function and determine whether they are blocked or inflamed.

Our Dry Eye Treatments

We offer a variety of dry eye treatments and solutions, including OptiLight by Lumenis, Bruder masks, and other medical treatments to help address your dry eye symptoms and help you find relief. 

Our team can work with you to find the right treatment solution for your specific dry eye needs.

OptiLight by Lumenis

OptiLight by Lumenis is a light-based, noninvasive treatment done in the area below the eyes to manage dry eye. The first and only IPL FDA-approved for dry eye management.

The treatment is safe, gentle, and is backed by more than 20 clinical studies.

OptiLight uses precise pulses of light to reduce the inflammation that is typically associated with dry eye disease, improve tear break-up time, and increase meibomian gland functionality.

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Bruder Masks are specially designed masks that apply heat to the eyelids, improving the quality and quantity of natural tears produced by the eyes. By using Bruder Masks, patients can relieve dry eye symptoms such as irritation, burning, and redness. The masks are noninvasive, comfortable to wear, and can be used conveniently at home.

When used as a treatment for dry eye, tea tree oil may help reduce inflammation and improve the overall health of the eyes.

Tea tree oil contains natural compounds that have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, making it an effective treatment for dry eye symptoms such as grittiness, redness, and irritation. It can also help stimulate the meibomian glands in the eyelids, which produce oils that keep the eyes lubricated.

If you’re dealing with chronic dry eye, medicated eye drops such as RESTASIS and Xiidra can help. These eye drops contain an active ingredient that can help reduce inflammation and increase your eye’s natural ability to produce tears.

Our clinic offers a variety of prescription and over-the-counter eye drops designed to relieve dryness and improve tear production.

Trusted Dry Eye Care

Our team stays up-to-date on new dry eye treatments to help our patients get the care and relief they need. Dry eye can be challenging to manage but with innovative treatment methods such as OptiLight by Lumenis, we can help.

If you’re experiencing dry eye symptoms, don’t wait to seek treatment. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and get relief today.

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Come Visit Us

Beloit Family Eye Care

You can find us on E Grand Ave., right across from the Beloit Art Center. We look forward to welcoming you.

  • 531 E. Grand Ave.
  • Beloit, WI 53511

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Brodhead Vision Clinic

You can find us on 17th St. We have convenient parking available at the side of the building for our patients.

  • 1005 17th Street
  • Brodhead, WI 53520

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