Dry Eye Center

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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
  • True Tear ™ – a handheld neurostimulation device that helps your eyes generate their own natural tears

Upcoming Events


February 18th, 2019 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM | The Villages

St. Luke’s at The Villages is proud to offer special educational events on the health issues that impact your life.

Cataract surgery is the most commonly performed surgical procedure in the world. Femtosecond-assisted surgery uses laser technology to provide additional precision and safety to the procedure. In this session, you’ll learn the benefits of Femtosecond-laser assisted cataract surgery and how it can help you. YAG laser surgery will also be discussed. The session will be presented by John Gooch, MD. The doctor will be available for questions during the one-hour session.

This complimentary event is for new patients and will be held at St. Luke’s at The Villages in Sumter Landing and a light lunch will be served. Due to limited seating, RSVPs are required. Call 352-702-4303 to reserve your seat.

Now accepting UnitedHealthcare Medicare Advantage.