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You could be experiencing dry eye and not even know it

Dry eye is a condition that is sweeping the whole world, and still people know little about it. In fact, over 30 million people in the United States suffer from dry eye, and 300 million people suffer worldwide.

What is dry eye?

Dry eye is a condition in which a person does not have enough quality tears to lubricate and nourish his or her eyes. Tears are essential to protect and maintain the health of the front surface of the eye and for clear vision. This most commonly occurs in older adults.

What are the symptoms?

Do you notice you often have:

• Burning, scratchy eyes

• Stringy mucus in or around your eyes

• Increased eye irritation from smoke or wind

• Eye fatigue after short periods of reading

• Sensitivity to light

• Difficulty wearing contact lenses

• Tearing

• Blurred vision, often worsening at the end of the day or after visually focusing for a prolonged period on a nearby task

If you experience some or all of these symptoms, there is a chance you have dry eye! But I’m here to tell you there is something you can do about it.

So what can I do!?

Most people have been living with these symptoms because of the lack of knowledge about dry eye, but we know that over 86% of dry eye patients have a chronic and progressive condition called Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD).

Did you notice I said this condition is progressive? That means the sooner your dry eye is treated, we will simultaneously be stopping the progression of this condition, giving you more comfort in the years to come.

Now, for some doctor talk.

MGD is the result of a compromise to the function and/or structure of the Meibomian glands in the eyelids. These glands produce the protective, oily layer of the tear film. They can become blocked over time, which results in the glands no longer producing the oils necessary for healthy tears. The blockage eventually results in rapid evaporation of your tears which causes irritation called dry eye.

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So how can we help you?

When you come to Coley & Coley for dry eye treatment, we begin with a questionnaire to fully analyze your symptoms and determine if you have MGD. It’s important that Dr. Coley knows the exact cause of your dry eye symptoms in order to properly treat you.

Here’s what sets Coley & Coley apart from anywhere else you would go:

Coley & Coley is the only place in Murfreesboro offering LipiFlow treatment: the only FDA-cleared device for removing gland blockages and restoring gland function.

Through advances in the application of Vectored Thermal Pulsation (VTPTM) technology, the LipiFlow treatment utilizes a patented algorithm of heat applied to the inner eyelids and massage to remove the obstructions in your Meibomian glands. At the heart of the LipiFlow Thermal Pulsation System is the activator (eyepiece). The activator uses patented, precisely controlled heat applied to the inner eyelid with adaptive pressure encouraging your body to resume the natural production of lipids (oils) needed for your tear film. Its single-use design and built-in sensors ensure a safe, sterile treatment. The treatment lasts about 12 minutes per eye and is performed in our office — and in some cases, on the same day as your evaluation.

In a recent clinical study, 79% of patients noticed improvement in their overall dry eye symptoms in only four weeks! We expect that there were even higher results than that, because while some patients experience rapid and dramatic results, others can notice improvement over weeks and even months.

Don’t let your eyes be affected by that cold wind that picks up in the winter months. Now that we’re heading into fall, it’s a great time to come in for a dry eye consultation! Call Coley & Coley to schedule an appointment today.

Coley & Coley Eyecare

129 East Clark Boulevard,

Murfreesboro, TN 37130

Phone. / Text: 615-893-8847

Hours

Monday

8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Tuesday

7:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Wednesday

7:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Thursday

8:00 AM - 6:00 PM