52, Evaporative Dry Eye sufferer since 1988 LipiFlow patient, 2007
I really can’t see without glasses or contacts. I do public relations, I’m a
spokesperson, I’m on TV. I was always worried that the day I was on TV would be the day my dry eye would act up. In general, it was a very dry and irritating – this gritty, annoying feeling like you’ve been out in a windstorm and there is something in your eye that you can’t get out.
My doctor was very cautious about drops, because you can get dependent on them – but you want to use them all the time. I was constantly having to do hot compresses. Even throughout the day at my office, I would put a washcloth in the microwave. It was three times a day with drops plus several times a day with the compresses. Oh, and there were lid scrubs too, every day.
I was a little apprehensive. I’m very sensitive about people touching my eyes; I wasn’t sure about the idea of having a heated disc even temporarily in my eye.
It wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought. Especially when you’re used to having something in your eye all the time. It didn’t hurt at all, just a little uncomfortable. But no pain whatsoever; it was really very easy.
Immediately. That was about two years ago, and I do not have problems today. The only thing that I’m doing is hot compresses in the shower because I am in the habit. I haven’t done the drops since I had the treatment.
I probably haven’t seen my eye doctor in about a year. It’s probably time for my check-up.
· first seen in 1988, patient reported severe difficulties due to dryness; there
was corneal scarring as the result of wearing contact lenses with the dryness; diagnosis of meibomian gland dysfunction
· in 1991, lid swelling, redness and other symptoms developed from the
meibomian gland problems; warm compresses and gland scrubs were instituted
· in 1994, home treatment was unable to control the problem; redness,
lid swelling, severe itching, dryness, etc. returned even more acutely,
exacerbated by air travel
· problems from MGD continued; symptoms were general controlled, with 1
or 2 yearly episodes of increasing dryness, redness and difficulty with lenses
· in 2007, despite home therapy, evaluation revealed only 2 functional
secreting meibomian glands on the right lower lid and 1 on the left, out of
24 on each; tear film stability time was 9 for the right eye and 10 for the left,
· patient finds treatment of thermodynamic heat and pulsative pressure
· exam results find treatment to have been effective; approximately 10 glands on each lid have opened
One week post-treatment
· exam results show 9 glands now open on the right eye, 13 on the left
· patient reports significant improvement in eye comfort and redness
15 months post-treatment
· exam results show 9 glands open on each eye
· tear film stability, redness, lid swelling and all other symptoms remain
remarkably improved or resolved
· patient reports that treatment has resolved her problems and that her eyes
felt better than any time she can remember; the chart of the past 21 years
confirms her statement
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