When the patient is the Doctor....
Because our Dr Tran is a dry eye patient, she understands your discomfort of day to day dry eye symptoms!
She is 100% Committed to caring for you and your dry eye needs!
If there is a solution, she will find it for you!
Dr. Tran is the Dry Eye Specialist
That's why she founded the Alaska Dry Eye Center.
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Here are the tests we will be performing and their explanations:
Dry eye disease is most commonly caused by a deficiency in one or more areas of the tear film. The tear film, or tears, are made up of three separate layers: Mucin, Aqueous and Lipid
Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD) is a disruption of the meibomian glands reducing the secretion of oil into the eye’s tear film. This blockage causes the natural protective tear film to evaporate too quickly causing Dry Eye Disease (DED).
The clinical science behind MGD as the primary cause of DED and its treatment is supported by over 25 years of scientific research. Removal of the gland blockages is essential to improve gland function and reduce the progression of MGD. Over time after treatment, the meibomian glands may become blocked again because of continued evaporative stress, which is caused by infrequent blinking from modern lifestyles and leads to thickening of the gland secretions and blockage of oil production.
(MGD is also associated with an eyelid condition called blepharitis, for which our doctors recommend ZEST or BlephEx treatments.)
Since MGD is the leading cause of Dry Eye Disease and is a blockage of the meibomian glands, a patient’s treatment plan should involve clearing this blockage.
For this, our doctors recommend LipiFlow®.
LIPIFLOW® – the only FDA-cleared medical device for in-office MGD treatment, proven in clinical studies to restore gland function.
DRY EYE AND MEIBOMIAN GLAND DYSFUNCTION (MGD)
Our own Dr. Tran Lipiflow Treatment Jan 2020
Lipiflow is on a National TV Show!
We are excited to bring this high technology home, right here, in Anchorage !
LipiFlow® is a 12-minute treatment performed in your doctor’s office designed to remove blockages from the Meibomian glands, allowing them to properly function and produce the oils that make up the top protective top lipid layer of the tear film.
LipiFlow® activators are single-use sterile devices that safely and comfortably deliver a combination of heat to the inner lids and simultaneous therapeutic motion to the outer lids, removing blockages from the Meibomian glands. The Activators are contoured to avoid contact with the cornea, protecting the delicate structures of the eye. Maximum results are usually experienced 4-6 weeks after treatment.
If you suffer from Dry Eye symptoms, ask your eye care professional to check for MGD and find out more about treatment with LipiFlow®.
The LipiFlow Dry Eye Treatment. Up until now, dry eye syndrome has typically been treated with prescription eye drops or artificial tears, punctal plugs, and dietary supplements... The new LipiFlow treatment is designed to treat the root cause of many Dry Eye symptoms: Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD).
LipiFlow treatment is not covered by insurance.
Our fee for LipiFlow is $1,000 for both eyes.
Continous daily use of eye vitamins, lubricating drops and warm eye compress are also recommended for the maximum result from LipiFlow treatment.
The effectiveness of a single LipiFlow treatment may from 9 months to two years, depending on each patient. It's important to understand that dry eye is a chronic condition, and LipiFlow® is not a cure.
LipiFlow is FDA-approved, drug-free, and regarded as highly safe. The heat is regulated with high accuracy by multi-point sensors and continuous feedback, and the pressure is applied intelligently, with a specialized sequence of pulses that prevent any unnecessary intraocular pressure. Altogether, the procedure causes minimal discomfort with maximum safety and results.
LipiFlow isn't for every patient, however, and in one study around 20 percent of the subjects didn't report an overall improvement in symptoms.
Side effects and risks from LipiFlow are rare but include redness, stinging, burning, inflammation and red eyes.
FDA approved, The LipiFlow Thermal Pulsating System is a revolutionary way to treat Dry Eye caused by MGD. Opening and clearing the blocked glands allows the body to resume the natural production of the oils needed for the tear film.
BlephEx and Zest are new, in-office procedures that allow our doctors to treat blepharitis by eliminating the biofilm and bacterial toxins that cause inflammatory lid disease and dry eye, and improving the overall health of the eyelid.
Punctal plugs are tiny, biocompatible devices that can be inserted into tear ducts to block drainage. This increases the eye's tear film and surface moisture to help relieve certain forms of dry eye.
A great video that explains tears & how ocular surface effects the eyes!
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