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Dry Eye Treatment

Helping Those Who Suffer From Dry Eye in Portland

Dry eye is the ocular version of tinnitus, ringing in the ears. It’s a constant discomfort affecting each moment of your day. Your eyes constantly feel dry and irritated causing you frustration and agony.

We can help. At McBride Vision Clinic we help you create a management plan through a variety of treatments. We work with you to find a solution that fits your eye needs and your lifestyle.

What is Dry Eye

Your eyelids are equipped with tear glands that produce moisture to keep the mucous membranes of your eyes lubricated, clean, and appropriately damp. If your tear glands cannot keep up with the hydration needs of your eyes, they will become irritated, red, and sore. In severe cases, it could make your eyes feel as though there is grit under your eyelids.

When your eyes become chronically dry, we consider this dry eye disease, and could be caused by two reasons.

Your tears protect and lubricate your eyes. If your tear glands cannot produce the necessary amount of tears, your eyes won’t be properly hydrated. Soon, they will feel dry and irritated.

Your tears are made up of water mixed with a special oil called meibum. This oil works like any oil, reducing the amount of water evaporation, holding the tears on the eyes. Without enough meibum your tears will evaporate too quickly, causing your eyes to dry out. This comes with irritation and frustration.

Symptoms of Dry Eye

Dry eye disease is more than just dryness. It comes with many symptoms that interfere with daily life. These include:

  • Dry eyes
  • Foreign body sensation, or grit, in the eye
  • Bursts of excessive tearing
  • Burning or itching
  • Redness
  • Light sensitivity
  • Stringy discharge
  • Excessive glare or halos around lights
  • Discomfort while wearing contact lenses

The effects of dry eye seem immediate, but there are several issues that can arise from this disorder. Without treatment dry eye can lead to corneal ulcers, scars, and perforation. A strategy developed by our optometrists can help manage the day-to-day frustration, while eliminating the risk of these serious problems.

Request an appointment to talk about your dry eye.

Dry Eye Treatments

Freedom from dry eyes comes in many forms. Often, it’s a combination of treatments that create the best conditions for relief. At McBride Vision Clinic we offer a variety of solutions.

Inserted into your tear ducts, punctal plugs reduce tear drainage. This allows more moisture to stay on the surface of your eye for a longer period of time. These plugs are about the size of a grain of rice and can be temporary plugs which dissolve, or semi-permanent plugs that last much longer.

Medicated eye drops are more than surface hydration, they also stimulate your body’s natural tear production. These features in conjunction give you a better long-term solution, plus instant relief from the irritation of dry eye. These drops are not available over the counter. Ask the optometrists at McBride Vision Clinic for a prescription.

Since dry eye is sometimes caused by inefficient meibum, we can help encourage your eyelid glands to produce this natural oil. We apply a small amount of pressure to the glands in the lower lid to remove gunk and clear the pathway for meibum. This can cause your lids to be irritated for the next day or so, and requires post-care that includes eye irrigation and topical ointment, but the result is a more comfortable and effective tear film.

Another way to improve meibomian gland performance is debridement or scaling. In this method, your eyelids are cleaned of debris and dead tissue. Much like the scaling that is done to your teeth in a dental cleaning, this method gives way to healthy tissue and proper function of your meibomian glands.

The most advanced technology in optometry is at McBride Vision Clinic. This incredible machine diagnoses your dry eye and keeps track of your progress to better understand the root of your disorder and how well the treatments are working. We can combine the results of other tests to better understand your eyes.

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We are located on SW Apple Way in the community of Beaverton, Oregon.

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McBride Vision Clinic
8566 SW Apple Way
Portland, OR 97225

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