North Carolina’s First Dry Eye Center
What is Dry Eye?
Twenty percent of all Adult Americans suffer from Dry Eye. Yes, that is one out of five people that walk around with dry eye and never know they suffer from this eye condition. Dry Eye affects people who wear contact lenses, take antihistamine for allergies, take certain medications or who have systemic diseases such as arthritis, heart disease or lupus. Of those that suffer from Dry Eye disease, 83% say it affects their daily activities “a great deal”! Activities such as reading, driving, drawing, using computers and smart phones, knitting, playing cards and playing golf and tennis. We are here to help make those activities once again fun and enjoyable!
Our Dry Eye Center was developed to help these long time sufferers. Patients who say, “they have never been able to wear contacts”, or “they experience soreness in their eyes throughout the day” will benefit from treatment of dry eyes. Most people who have dry eye symptoms have suffered with their symptoms for over 6 1/2 years. The problem with these symptoms is they only get worse over time. So early diagnosis and treatment is important.
How do I know if I suffer from Dry Eyes?
This is a common question that people go years without the answer. If you answer yes to one or more of the following symptoms, it would be in your best interest to visit our Dry Eye Center for a complete diagnosis of your eyes.
Do you have any of the following symptoms?
- Gritty or burning sensation in eyes
- Feeling like something is in the eyes
- Episodes of blurred or fuzzy vision
- Losing focus while reading or driving
- Sensitivity to light
- Eyes get tired while reading
- Discomfort of eyes that worsens as the day goes on
- Trouble wearing contact lenses comfortably
- Tired, red eyes
- Crusty discharge in the morning upon waking
I said "Yes to the above symptoms"!, What now?
It is time for a visit to North Carolina's first Dry Eye Center. Most doctors do not diagnose Dry Eye Symptoms. Dry Eye is one of the most under diagnosed or misdiagnosed conditions we see. The reason why is because there is no one test that can diagnose dry eye. It takes multiple tests and a doctor who is specially trained in dry eye and who will listen to the patient as they describe their difficulties. It takes a few visits to the doctor, specific tests and some weeks before the correct diagnosis is made. Most eye doctors do not have the special diagnostic equipment or the patience to accurately diagnose dry eye disease.
Please schedule a dry eye exam with North Carolina's first Dry Eye Center and our expert Eye doctors and find the relief you been waiting for!
How is it treated at our Dry Eye Center?
There is no “one size fits all” treatment. There are many different therapies for dry eye. The therapy needs to be specific to the individual patients, that is why we have created a whole Dry Eye Center to help. Some common mistakes that doctors make is treating patients dry eyes with over the counter artificial tears. This at most, provides a temporary relief and in no way fixes the problem.
Prescription drops are often needed to calm down inflammation and begin the healing process. There are new procedures that we use to cure the problems. These techniques involve non-invasive procedures to stimulate the lacrimal (tear) gland, clean out obstructed glands or get debris off the surface of the eye These procedures are very new and novel and most eye doctors are not trained to do these procedures.
At The North Carolina’s Dry Eye Center, we use the most revolutionary technique. This involves making eyedrops using the patients own blood! We are one of the few practices in the state that can do this amazing procedure that has been a miracle for those people that require it. The second technique uses a membrane shield made of human growth hormones that is placed directly on the eyes for ten days. This treatment heals the dry eyes and rejuvenates the dry surface to it’s normal condition!