Dry Eye Management

At Pupila, we employ several cutting edge, research-backed methods to diagnose and treat dry eyes. If you are experiencing the following symptoms, you may be suffering from chronic dry eyes.

  • Fatigue/Tired eyes
  • Headaches
  • Blurry vision
  • Having to blink often to clear your vision/fluctuating vision
  • Sandy, gritty sensation in the eye
  • Unable to wear contacts for more than a few hours
  • Waking up with crusty eye lids/lashes
  • Constant/occasional tearing
  • Burning eyes
  • Itching
  • Lid Infection
  • Light sensitivity
  • Stringy mucus in or around the eyes

Other factors that could lead to dry eyes are hormonal changes, excessive use of digital devices, certain inflammatory and auto-immune diseases, age, contact lens abuse, certain medications including eye drops for glaucoma, cancer treatments, being around tobacco smoke, air -conditioning, heaters, seasonal allergies, dust

For more information see links below:

https://www.aoa.org/healthy-eyes/eye-and-vision-conditions/dry-eye?sso=y

https://www.oasismedical.com/docs/default-source/resources/pat_6520_dry_eye_brochure_english.pdf?sfvrsn=5

Our approach:

At our Dry Eye Center, uses a variety of treatments to help alleviate the symptoms of dry eye in our patients. A direct consultation and examination by our doctor will lead to recommending the treatment type best for you.

Read more about Pupila’s dry eye treatments listed below, including:

Prokera:

The Prokera is a unique ocular surface bandage derived from cryopreserved, human amniotic membrane tissue. It is the only device of its type to be FDA-approved for wound healing involving the cornea and conjunctiva.

Prokera is indicated for a wide range of conditions including keratoconjunctivitis sicca (a severe form of dry eye), filamentary keratitis, corneal burns and abrasions, and recurrent corneal erosion to name just a few. Despite its advanced technology and capabilities, Prokera is fully covered by most medical insurance plans. For more information, please see this link:

https://www.biotissue.com/prokera-for-patients/

Punctal Plugs:

Punctal Occlusion is a procedure that consists of temporarily or permanently blocking the lacrimal ducts by placing silicone or collagen inserts in them. This procedure is widely done on patients with aqueous deficient dry eye syndrome. It is done in tandem with other therapies in an effort to preserve the patient’s limited supply of natural tears.

For more information, please see this link:

https://www.oasismedical.com/docs/default-source/resources/lit-dep-pb.pdf?sfvrsn=6

Nutrition:

Eating a balanced diet is an essential part of leading a healthy lifestyle. Dietary fats are necessary to maintain normal human function and cannot be made by the body without the proper diet. Essential fatty acids (EFAs) have been shown to play a role in inflammatory processes. Since many consider dry eye disease (DED) to be rooted in inflammation, the use of EFAs may prove a beneficial treatment to patients. Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and alpha-Linolenic acid (ALA) are EFAs.

Since our bodies cannot manufacture EFAs, we must get them from food sources. Unfortunately, many Americans are not choosing the right foods to provide these essential nutrients. The American Heart Association recommends two servings of fatty fish per week. Even though some people consume adequate amounts of cold-water fish, they may receive insufficient omega-3s because the fish they eat is farm-raised and low in these nutrients.
Food sources include:

  • Halibut
  • Salmon
  • Sardines
  • Trout
  • Tuna

If fish is not on your menu, consider alternative EFA foods or supplements, including oils and foods like flaxseed, canola oil, soybeans, and walnuts. Foods like pasta, cereal, and margarine may also be fortified with EFAs. Your doctor may recommend a supplement of 1,000-2,000mg of EPA plus DHA with supervision for patients with elevated triglycerides.

Pupila proudly carries PRN Neutraceuticals because these supplements are purified of environmental toxins without the use of chemicals and excessive heat. PRN omega-3 products contain a concentrated amount of both EPA and DHA. At PRN, the omega-3 products are in a cleaned triglyceride form. Many other brands of Omega-3 products are low quality, unpurified, or are sold in a synthetic, ethyl ester form. This form, which is more difficult to absorb, can leave a fishy odor or after-taste. It could take up to 40 softgels of those to equal the same benefits found in just three softgels of PRN’s products. The impressive body of support in the use of omega-3s is inspiring, but unfortunately, not all omega-3 products are the same. At PRN, we are committed to providing you with the purest and safest nutriceuticals helping you to lead a happier and healthier life. *

We also carry Oasys Tears, a proprietary formulation of glycerin and a highly elastic viscoadaptive agent which keeps the tears on the eye surface longer. With each blink, they re-coat the surface of the eye for long-lasting comfort. It is preservative-free.

https://www.oasismedical.com/docs/default-source/resources/6544c.pdf?sfvrsn=4

*These statements have not be evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Autologous Serum Eye Drops

Ophthalmologists and optometrists have prescribed serum tears for over 30 years.

Autologous serum eye drops (ASEDs), autologous serum tears (ASTs), or just serum tears are customized drops made from a patient’s own blood to treat those suffering from ocular surface conditions. Vital Tears are serum eye drops made from a patient’s own blood. Instead of using artificial tears, we incorporate patients’ blood with the goal of better mimicking natural tears.

https://vitaltears.org/patients/

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