Advanced Technology for Diagnosis and Treatment of Dry Eyes
Dry eyes can be extremely debilitating and affect your quality of life. If your line of work requires you to use a computer or drive for long periods, dry or itchy eyes can even inhibit your ability to work. Drs. Jeff Broadhead, Michael T. Chism, and Francis J. Wapner of Progressive Eye Care can diagnose the cause of your symptoms and provide dry eye treatment based on the specifics of your condition. We use advanced technology to help our patients find both immediate and lasting relief from this common concern at our office in South Jordan, UT.
What to Expect During Your Consultation
Your specific symptoms will be indicative of the cause and appropriate treatment for your dry eye condition. During your consultation, one of our doctors will ask you whether you have symptoms including:
- Gritty or sandy feeling
- Excessive watering
- Feeling of foreign body in the eye
Understanding how you use your eyes can also help our doctors determine the cause and best course of treatment for you. If you use a computer extensively or are a truck driver, these habits can help our team personalize a treatment plan that meets your needs and helps you perform your most important daily activities.
We understand that dry eyes can inhibit your ability to work and enjoy your favorite activities, and are committed to tailoring treatment that is specific to your needs.
Testing for Dry Eye
To accurately diagnose the cause of your dry eyes, our doctors will first perform a slit lamp examination, which closely examines the surface of the eye. This technique uses a microscope, light source, and dye to help us visualize signs of dryness and assess the quality of your tear film. If necessary, we may perform additional testing using the TearLab® diagnostic system. This new, advanced type of testing can assess and monitor your tear quality and quantity.
Our Treatment Options
We offer a wide range of treatment options, all in one office, for convenient and individualized care.
For mild cases of dry eye, the most conservative treatment option consists of introducing artificial tears to your eyes via over-the-counter solutions. If this therapy alone does not alleviate your symptoms, we will recommend an alternative therapy.
Our doctors can prescribe anti-inflammatory drops that actually promote tear production rather than simply moisten the eye. RESTASIS® can help increase your tear production by reducing inflammation stemming from Chronic Dry Eye. We also commonly prescribe XiiDRA® eye drops to reduce dry eye signs and symptoms in as little as two weeks.
If your dry eye symptoms persist after lubrication and prescription drops, we may recommend punctal plugs. During this safe, effective outpatient procedure, one of our doctors will insert small, biocompatible devices into your tear ducts to help your tears more effectively moisten your eyes.
For patients with severe cases of dry eye, we may place an amniotic membrane on the cornea using PROKERA® or BioDOptix® technology. These devices are similar to a large contact lens and generally have a very restorative effect on severe dry eye cases.
Insurance and Dry Eye Treatment
Most patients share the misunderstanding that their insurance prohibits them from visiting an eye doctor more than once per year. However, if you have symptoms of dry eye, you are encouraged to visit our office for follow-up care and assessments to determine whether you need adjustments to your treatment plan. Dry Eye Disease is a medical condition for which treatment and office visits can be billed to your medical insurance.
Call Us Today
We understand that dry eyes can inhibit your ability to work comfortably and enjoy your favorite activities, and are committed to tailoring treatment that is specific to your needs. Members of our VIP club can also enjoy exclusive pricing on special testing, even those without insurance. To schedule your appointment or hear more about the benefits of joining our membership plan, call our office at (801) 506-6294 or contact us online.