Dry Eye Treatments
Our Dry Eye Specialists can relieve your discomfort, manage your symptoms, and support you to prevent further complications!
Dry Eye Treatments
The Dry Eye Workup includes
Dry eye disease can dramatically impact the quality and comfort of your life. Although Over-The-Counter treatments are available, they are often not effective and can even make the problem worse! Halsted Eye Boutique is a Dry Eye Center of Excellence. Dry Eye Experts Dr. Slusky and Dr. Katz use leading-edge diagnostic technology to evaluate each layer of your tears, pinpoint your particular tear deficiency issues, determine which type of dry eye is present, and create a comprehensive treatment plan.
The evaluation takes about 45 minutes and looks at:
- Tear quality (volume, adherence, and composition)
- Ocular surface inflammation
- Meibomian gland function (upper and lower eyelid glands that produce the oil layer of tear film)
Patient preparation for the day of the Dry Eye Workup:
No drops, oil based facial creams, makeup or sunscreens should be used on the day of the evaluation.
Do not use any ointment in the eyes for at least 24 hours prior to the appointment.
Do not swim for one day prior to the visit. (All aforementioned can affect the findings of the testing and render it useless)
The tests will take approx. 30 min, and will not require a driver. Your vision will not be affected and you will see normally after the test. Feel free to speak with the dry eye counselor if you have any questions.
Review of your systemic medical conditions and medications
This is very important! Please make sure you bring a complete list of your medications with you as many have eye side effects.
Review of your skincare and cosmetics
This is also very important! Please make sure you contact us an ingredient list of all products that you use on your face as they may contain eye-offending chemicals that exacerbate dry eye. This may include:
Face wash / cleanser / exfoliator / mask / toner / mist
Face cream / lotion / oil / serum
Lash growth serums
Makeup remover / wipes
Makeup (mascara, eyeliner, eyeshadow, primer, concealer, foundation)
Shaving cream, after shave
Prescription grade creams / lotions
Dry Eye Evaluation (Ocular Surface and Tear Film Analysis) will be performed to determine which TYPE of Dry Eye is present and to create the most supportive Treatment Plan.
Dry Eye Treatment Plan
At Halsted Eye Boutique, we offer a number of treatments for dry eyes. While over-the-counter eye drops can provide relief, they do not address the cause of the problem. Using the information gathered in the Dry Eye Assessment, we will create a treatment plan that will help you achieve longer-lasting relief. Your treatment regimen may include the following:
Preservative Free Artificial Tears (PFAT)
Prescription drops - Restasis, Xiidra, steroids
Eyelid Heat Therapy
Punctal plug occlusion
Dry Eye Supplements
Antibiotics - oral / drops
Safer skincare, makeup and cosmetics recommendations
Celluma Light Therapy
Scleral lens therapy
Soft bandage contact lens therapy
Amniotic membrane therapy
BlephEx microexfoliation of the eyelid margins to treat blepharitis (eyelid inflammation)
- LipiFlow - meibomian gland expression to treat lipid deficiency