Dry Eye Syndrome
Dry eye occurs when the eye does not produce tears properly, or when the tears are not of the correct consistency and evaporate too quickly. In addition, inflammation of the surface of the eye may occur along with dry eye. If left untreated, this condition can lead to pain, ulcers, or scars on the cornea, and some loss of vision. However, permanent loss of vision from dry eye is uncommon.
Meibomian Gland Dysfunction
Meibomian gland dysfunction is blockage or some other abnormality of the meibomian glands so they don’t secrete enough oil into the tears. Because the tears then evaporate too quickly, MGD is a leading cause of dry eye syndrome. It also is associated with an eyelid problem called blepharitis.
The LipiFlow® Thermal Pulsation System
Triad Eye Institute is proud to offer LipiFlow, a revolutionary treatment for evaporative dry eye. Lipiflow is part of the TearScience® system which is a comprehensive, three-part evaluation of your eyes and their ability to produce tears and properly moisturize your eyes.
Tears are constantly being produced by the lacrimal gland, located under the upper eyelid. Tears are essential because they form a thin film that coats the front surface of the eye and prevents it from becoming dry. Normally, tears are quickly drained from the eye through a complex system of channels called the lacrimal drainage system. This system leads from the inner corner of the eyelids into the nose. Frequently, obstruction of the drainage system is the reason for excessive tearing.
Blepharitis is a common condition that causes inflammation of the eyelids. The condition can be difficult to manage because it tends to recur despite treatment. Complications from blepharitis include a stye, or red tender bump on the eyelid that is caused by an acute infection of the oil glands of the eyelid. Other complications include Chalazion. This condition can follow the development of a stye. It is a usually painless firm lump caused by inflammation of the oil glands of the eyelid. Chalazion can be painful and red if there is also an infection.
Conjunctivitis is swelling or infection of the membrane lining the eyelids. Conjunctivitis is caused when the conjunctiva is exposed to bacteria and other irritants. Most cases of Conjunctivitis are caused by viruses. Viral Conjuctivitis is more commonly known as “pink eye” and is easily spread, especially among children.
Diabetic Retinopathy is a complication of diabetes mellitus, which causes abnormalities in the tiny blood vessels nourishing the retina. Diabetic Retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness among adults. Approxiamtaely 25% of currect diabetics have some form of the disease.
Age Related Macular Degeneration
Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is a common eye condition among people age 50 and older. It is a leading cause of vision loss in older adults. It gradually destroys the macula, the part of the eye that provides sharp, central vision needed for seeing objects clearly.
A Stye is characterized as a red tender bump on the eyelid that is caused by an acute infection of the oil glands of the eyelid. These infections can sometimes be painful, but they generally heal on their own.
The iStent is an ultra-tiny medical implant designed to restore the eye’s natural ability to drain fluid out of the eye to reduce glaucoma pressure. iStent is the smallest implant currently in use in the body and is the first and only MIGS device currently approved by the FDA. iStent is designed for patients with cataracts and glaucoma, and is implanted at the time of cataract surgery.
Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT)
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Ex-PRESS™ Glaucoma Filtration Device
The Ex-Press Mini Glaucoma Filtration Device has been available internationally for almost a decade with almost 35,000 implantations world wide. The device shunts aqueous humor from the anterior chamber to a subconjunctival reservoir in a similar fashion as trabeculectomy, without removal of any sclera or iris tissue. It has proven to be beneficial when medication and conventional surgical treatments have failed.
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