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Procedures

Dry Eye Treatments

Relief for Dry Eyes

Dry eye is an irritating, painful, and common condition in which the eye fails to properly produce quality tears. If left untreated, it may lead to ulcers, scars on the cornea, even impairment of vision. NVISION® provides a variety of treatment options to relieve dry eyes.

Treatment Options

Treatment options for more serious or chronic cases of dry eyes may include the following:

Heat Therapy

Often, dry eyes can be treated by introducing localized heat therapy to the eye lids and can help overcome meibohmian gland dysfunction (MGD).

Steroid Eye Drops

These eye drops target inflammation, a significant contributing factor to dry eyes. These are usually used on a short-term basis since long-term use can result in more serious side effects.

Allergy Medication

If you have regular allergies, your doctor may put you on regular allergy medication to control your symptoms. This can reduce the severity and frequency of your dry eyes. Antihistamine eye drops may also be an option.

Punctal Plugs

Through this surgery, small devices are inserted into the tear drainage duct openings. These openings are found inside the corners of both the upper and lower eyelids. Once these openings are plugged, tears can’t drain there, resulting in more tears in the eyes.

TearCare® Treatment

NVISION Eye Centers currently offers TearCare® Treatment Days at several of our centers and we will be offering this at more of our centers in the future.

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You can give us a call at 877-455-9942 .

Condition Treated

Dry Eye

One of the most common eye conditions treated by physicians, dry eye is an irritating and sometimes painful condition in which the eye fails to properly produce enough quality tears.

We Promise Our Patients Peace of Mind

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Consultation

During the consultation, we will ask you about your eye health history and your medications, and perform some tests. During one of the tests, your eyes will be dilated. You will then be examined by the surgeon who will discuss your treatment options. We will take the time to explain cataracts, the procedures and the available lens options.

The length of this appointment is usually two hours and your personal Patient Counselor will help you throughout the process. Your Counselor can review insurance and payment options and schedule you for surgery and related appointments, such as post-operative exams.

Surgeon performing procedure

Procedure

Laser cataract surgery is a common and relatively painless procedure. Once your surgeon removes the cataract, an artificial lens is inserted, restoring your ability to see clearly once again.

Ladies looking over paperwork post-procedure

Post-Procedure

Following cataract surgery, you will have to wear protective glasses during the day and an eye shield at night. Antibiotics and steroid drops will be necessary. Your post-operative treatment plan will be outlined so you know what to expect, including your post-operative visit and your at-home recovery.

Common Questions About Dry Eye Treatments

Who is at risk for dry eye?

People who suffer from dry eye often include those who:

  • Wear contact lenses, especially for prolonged periods of time
  • Are taking medications such as antihistamines or birth control pills
  • Are over 50, especially women going through menopause
  • Have specific diseases such as Sjogren’s Syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis and collagen vascular disease
  • Have eyelids that don’t close properly due to structural abnormalities
  • Live in dry climates

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301-804-1341
1016 16th Street NW Lower Level 100
Washington, DC 20036

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