Forsight Vision For Dry Eyes
Dry Eye Treatment
Even without knowing the term “dry eye” or “Dry Eye Syndrome“, if you suffer from it, then you are all too familiar with the soreness, discomfort, and even the constant misery that can come with dry eyes.
Dry Eye Specialist For You
Fortunately, there is a Long Grove Dry Eye Specialist seeking to bring relief and healing from Dry Eyes in its many forms to patients from the state of Illinois. With Dr. Todd Cohan & Dr. Jacqueline Cozzone at the helm, Forsight Vision, in Long Grove, specializes in treating the entire range of Dry Eye Syndrome, from mild to severe. Whether it’s an occasional irritant or a debilitating daily problem, we’re here to help, with years of experience specializing in treating dry eyes.
Advanced Diagnostic Equipment And Tools For Dry Eye
Forsight Vision uses the most advanced diagnostic equipment and tools to quickly and accurately pinpoint the cause and type of dry eye problem you’re suffering from. We don’t just throw any old drops at you either. We provide custom, tailored treatment plans designed to maximize the relief of your dry eye symptoms AND treat the underlying cause of your discomfort.
What Is Dry Eye?
Dry Eye Syndrome can range from a mild irritant to chronic problem. The symptoms of Dry Eye Syndrome may include:
- Dry, irritated, or red eyes
- Excessive tearing/watery eyes
- Sore or sensitive eyes
- Burning or inflammation
- A gritty or pasty feeling in the eyelids
- Crusty or gunky eyes
How Is Dry Eye Syndrome Diagnosed?
Sometimes, a visual inspection of the eyes isn't enough. Since a problem with the meibomian glands (which produce those essential lubricating lipids) is most often to blame for chronic dry eyes, it's important to get the best digital image of the meibomian glands possible. That's why our dry eye specialists use the Oculus Keratograph 5M, which takes a high-resolution digital image of the lower AND upper glands.
Such imaging tells us a lot about how healthy your oil glands are. Are they healthy? Blocked? Dilating? Atrophied? Gunky? Is the oil cloudy or clear? ― cloudy oil indicates the presence of a bacterial infection which thickens the oils until they simply are no longer effective. This we can usually clear up with antibiotics.
Our Dry Eye Specialist in Long Grove provides today's most advanced treatment for dry eyes that's fully tailored to your specific situation. We diagnose and assess your eyes using the latest technologies, combined with industry best-practices for vision exams. Asking getting answers to strategic questions coupled with comprehensive patient care — we will get to the core cause of your condition. For example:
- How effectively are you blinking? How often?
- Are your tear ducts lined up properly?
- What’s the osmolarity of your tears?
- How fast do your tears break down?
- What is your tear volume?
- How well are your meibomian glands functioning? Are they blocked? Dirty? Infected?
Our dry eye doctor will also conduct an in-depth assessment of indicators for other diseases and health problems which might be contributing to your dry eyes. We then develop a personalized treatment plan based on what we find, plus ongoing treatment and follow up visits to insure the treatment is working for you.
On every patient questionnaire, we ask if you are suffering from any of the typical symptoms of dry eyes. Do your eyes feel gritty? Sore? Do you feel like something is in your eye or that you just don't seem to have any tears? If you report symptoms of dry eye or appear to exhibit those symptoms, then we recommend beginning the dry eye exam process, which is quick, easy, and painless.
One of the first things we evaluate is the stability of the tear film. We use TearLab to test the osmolarity of your tears ― that is, the relative concentrations of salts, water, and lipids (oils). These lipids are produced by the meibomian glands. Most cases of dry eyes occur where there is a problem with these glands. They could be blocked, atrophied, or otherwise damaged. If your tears evaporate too quickly (which causes burning), it's usually caused by a lack of these lipids.
A strong imbalance between the osmolarity of one eye vs. the other is a strong indication that someone has dry eye disease.
Depending on the results of the TearLab, our Long Grove Dry Eye specialist will also want to see if the overall volume of tears could be the problem. In some cases, the meibomian glands are producing the lipids needed for lubrication, but there just isn't enough of the aqueous layer (this means tears) to spread it around effectively.
In order to test this, our optometrist places a thin piece of red thread draped over the eyes for a few seconds in order to measure how wet eye gets and compares the difference (if any) between the eyes.
Another tool in the arsenal of our dry eyes experts is InflammaDry, a specialized diagnostic test which measures whether or not a patient has elevated levels of MMP-9 in their tears using a tear sample from the inner lining of the lower eyelid. MMP-9 is a protein which indicates inflammation and elevated levels of this protein are fairly common for anyone suffering from dry eyes.
Our eye doctor will typically prescribe steroids in order to get the eye inflammation under control.
Our dry eye doctor will also test your tear breakup time. Sometimes, tears don't last long enough to work effectively or enough is not being produced. We may utilize two different tests to assess tear breakup time.
The Fluorescein Dye Test allows us to look at the corneal surface through a microscope. In order to test this, we use a fluorescein orange dye to test the breakup time (as well as any other corneal diseases, conditions, or foreign bodies). Using a small blotting paper, the optometrist will lightly touch your eye. As you blink, the dye spreads and gently coats the tear film covering the cornea. Using a blue light (the dye is orange), problems will be revealed to the eye doctor as green.
The Oculus Keratograph 5M is non-invasive and utilizes a high-resolution camera for imaging. Comparing patient images of the tear thickness against data in the software provides objective findings and thorough results.
Meet Our Dry Eye Doctor