Our mission at the Springs Dry Eye Center is to inform the public about the causes of Dry Eye, provide comprehensive Dry Eye analysis, and treat the root cause of Dry Eye in every patient.

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There are long and short term treatment options for Dry Eye.
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What causes Dry Eye?

Long-Term Dry Eye Relief

86% of Dry Eye problems have one source: the meibomian glands.
This dysfunction is called Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD).
Read below to learn more about our long-term MGD treatment.

  1. What is the cause of Dry Eye?

    Dry Eye is generally caused by an imbalance in the tear film that acts as a shield on the surface of our eyes. There are two primary contributors to tear film imbalance. The first is decreased tear production. In recent years, we have learned that true reduced tear production is rare. What we know now is that the problem almost always originates with blockage of the tiny Meibomian Glands in our eyelids. These glands produce essential oils that form the top layer of the tear film and are the core protective element that is essential to long-term visual comfort.

  2. Miebomian Gland Dysfunction

    Gland blockages can occur over time from debris that is caught in the eyelids, digital device and computer usage and, for women, just putting on make-up over the course of many years. While Miebomian Gland Dysfunction, or MGD, is most often detected in adults over 40, the condition does not discriminate based on age and is often seen in kids and young adults as well. That is why checking for MGD should be a part of your regular eye exam. MGD, if caught early, is the best way to avoid chronic dry eye symptoms. More importantly, you can prevent the potential for substantial permanent gland loss.

  3. LipiFlow — Advanced Dry Eye Treatment

    LipiFlow, an FDA approved MGD treatment, uses vectored thermal pulsating eyepieces known as Activators. LipiFlow Activators are precisely designed to provide necessary inner and outer lid contact to properly apply heat, massage, and clear the Meibomian glands.

    The entire treatment takes approximately 12 minutes and on average causes minimal discomfort. The clinical science behind MGD as the primary cause of dry eye and its effective treatment with LipiFlow is supported by scientific research. Removal of the gland blockages is essential to improve gland function and reduce the progression of MGD.

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Short-Term Dry Eye Relief

There are many short-term treatments for Dye Eye symptoms, including some popular ones listed below.
They are not as effective at treating Dry Eye because they do not directly address the Meibomian glands, however,
they can be effective temporarily. View our store for the best short-term Dry Eye treatments.

Eye Drops

Ocular lubricants are used to provide temporary relief of Dry Eye symptoms by adding fluid to the eye.

Gland Expression

Clearing the Meibomian glands of the waxy deposits allows for the Meibomian glands to begin working.

Punctal Plugs

Punctal Plugs are inserted into the tear ducts with a goal of holding the tears on the eye.

Hot Compress

Warm/hot compresses heat the eyelids from the front surface to provide temporary, short-term symptom relief.

Eyelid Maintenance Products

Eyelid scrubs remove debris from the eyelashes and the lid margin.

Omega-3 Fish Oils

Omega-3 oils have been known to suppress inflammation or irritation in some patients with Dry Eye.

The Dry Eye Center Differece

We take your eyes seriously. That's why we offer a wide range of imaging, preventative, and patient-focused services and care.

Advanced Eye Imaging

See exactly what's going in your eye. Our scanning procedure will give you a look into your eye.

Prevent Gland Loss

Take action now to prevent your glands from seizing and let your eyes do the work for you.

We Care for Your Eyes

We want to rid the world of Dry Eye by providing the best solutions with the best service.


LipiFlow is the cutting edge and FDA approved way to treat MGD. Call us today to set up an appointment.

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