Dry Eye

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Dry eyes are a common condition that affects the surface of the eye. Dry eyes can make the eyes feel uncomfortable, can cause a sandy or gritty sensation in the eyes, can cause the eyes to water excessively, and can cause blurry vision.

There are many causes of dry eyes. Dry eyes can be caused by the aging process, contact lens wear, certain medications, medical conditions, or environmental factors. Dry eyes can also be caused by reduced tear production due to inflammation. While there is no cure for dry eye disease, there are numerous options for reducing or even eliminating symptoms.

St. Luke’s will investigate the underlying cause of your dry eyes to determine the best course of treatment. We offer the following tests and treatment options:

  • Allergy Testing – a skin test to find out what allergens may trigger an allergic response in the patient
  • Amniotic Membrane Treatments
    • Bio D Optix
  • BlephEx – a specialized treatment for the lids and lashes that removes inflammatory debris associated with blepharitis
  • Immunotherapy – Sublingual drops specifically formulated to build resistance to the patient’s individual allergies
  • Inflammadry testing – tests for MMP9, an inflammatory marker that is consistently elevated in tears of patients with dry eye disease
  • Lipiflow – A treatment for Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD). Blocked glands are opened and cleared, allowing the body to resume natural production of lipids (oils) needed for tear film
  • Osmolarity testing – tests the salt content of tears
  • Prescription medications
    • Avenova – medicated eyelid wash to help combat blepharitis
    • Restasis – prescription anti-inflammatory drop that helps increase your eyes’ natural ability to produce tears
    • Xiidra – prescription drop to treat signs and symptoms of dry eye disease
  • Punctal Plugs – improves the symptoms of dry eyes by blocking the tear drainage system, thereby keeping more tears in the eye
  • SJO –  a lab test to determine if the patient has Sjogren’s syndrome


Upcoming Events

Eyelid Surgery – Cosmetic vs. Medically Necessary | Presented by Plastic Surgeon Nicolas Villanustre, MD

Wednesday October 2nd, 2019 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM | Tarpon Springs

As we age, our eyelids can droop and sag, sometimes even disrupting vision. This session will cover eyelid surgery and what insurance companies consider medically necessary versus cosmetic. There will be examples of the procedure shown as well as other services that often can accompany eyelid surgery. There will be a presentation followed by a Q&A session with the doctor. A light lunch will be served at this free event for patients new to eyelid surgery.
Nicolas Villanustre, MD, is a plastic surgeon and medical director at Reflections at St. Luke’s in Clearwater and at the new location in Tarpon Springs, Florida. In 2016 he was named #1 on Cosmopolitan Magazine’s Top Florida Plastic Surgeons.
Complete the RSVP form on this page or call 727-475-2222 to reserve your seat.