At Home Maintenance Therapies
Routine eye care
Your eyes require regular preventative maintenance care, just like everything else. Between dental appointments, you brush your teeth, floss, and use mouth wash. In eye care, the same principle applies especially when it comes to Dry Eye Disease.
Dr. Chai will customize your at-home therapy including a combination of products and exercises. These can include:
Topical Artificial Tears – we carry multiple brands of topical moisturizing drops for all patients at all levels of their Dry Eye Disease. Depending on the severity of symptoms, one formulation i.e. preservative versus non-preservative versus gel, or a certain brand may suit your needs better than another.
Warm compressing using products such as the Bruder Mask is a mainstay for at-home heating of the meibomian glands. The masks are put into the microwave and heated up to the necessary temperature to provide the safe and effective treatment.
Omega-3 supplementation has been shown to be important on the side of nutrition and Dry Eye Disease. The PRN Omega-3 Nutriceutical is a high-quality omega-3 at its purest form when compared to its OTC counterpart.
Topical Medication Drops
At times, your optometrist or ophthalmologist may prescribe a prescription topical medication drops including Restasis® – this is used to help increase your eyes’ natural ability to produce tears. Xiidra® is indicated for the treatment of signs and symptoms of Dry Eye Disease.
Visual hygiene is an important part to managing Dry Eye Disease. In addition to taking frequent breaks from your screen in your daily work day, mindful blinking is also necessary to ensure you are blinking in full and not just partially.
Daily hygiene of your eyes including eyelid wipes is very important – especially if you wear eye makeup. Using only eyedrops is usually not effective enough in keeping the buildup of debris over time controlled. We need to incorporate the physical mechanical scrubbing of the lids and lashes with uniquely formulated wipes containing soft and effective product.