Dry Eye

Dry Eye Treatment in Northampton, Springfield, & Ware, MA

Dry Eye Center

Today it is estimated that millions of people throughout the United States suffer from dry eye disease. In fact it is considered to be one of the most common eye disorders worldwide.

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Our tears play an important role in the functioning of our eyes. Each time we blink our tears provide the lubrication needed to wash out irritants, prevent infection and clear our vision. When the tears in our eyes fail to keep the eye lubricated we are left with a condition called dry eye.

Although there may be many factors contributing to dry eye, the most common cause is Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD). It is estimated that 80% of dry eye is due to blocked Meibomian Glands. These glands are located in the lower inside eye lid and secrete oil that mixes with tears each time we blink. When these oil glands get clogged, they are no longer able to release oil causing tears to evaporate too quickly.

At Balin Eye & Laser Center we recognize the importance of maintaining the health of the ocular surface of the eye. Utizing advanced diagnostic equipment, our doctors can measure the health of your Meibomian Glands and tear quality. Our Dry Eye Center is equipped with cutting-edge technology including the LipiFlow® Thermal Pulsation System an FDA approved medical device specifically dedicated to treat Meibomian Gland Dysfunction.

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LipiFlow Thermal Pulsation System

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