Dry Eye Therapy in Winfield

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Love the Little Moments with Comfortable Vision

Whether you’re at work, watching your kid make the game-winning goal, or just relaxing with friends at home, comfortable vision helps you make the most of these moments. 

But if you live with dry eye, enjoying life to the fullest can be difficult. Let us help by offering modern strategies personalized to your needs! All you have to do is request an appointment with us, and we can work on finding solutions that work for you.

Request your next appointment with Karwoski Family Vision today.

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Why Your Tears Matter

Tears are the essence of eye comfort. Without them, your eyes can feel irritated, gritty, and uncomfortable. Your tears have 3 ingredients that help support your eye comfort:

  • Mucus
  • Water
  • Oils

If your tears lack any of these ingredients, you can experience dry eye symptoms. Our job is to determine what’s affecting your tear quantity or quality and address the issue with personalized strategies.

Types of Dry Eye

There are 2 types of dry eye you can experience: evaporative dry eye and aqueous-deficient dry eye.

While these are different, they can cause similar symptoms, like:

  • Redness in the eyes
  • Watery eyes
  • Burning or stinging sensations
  • Blurry vision
  • Feeling like something is in your eye

We personalize our treatment strategies depending on your type of dry eye.

Evaporative Dry Eye

Evaporative dry eye occurs when your tears lack the oils they need to prevent them from evaporating.

Oils are produced by your meibomian glands located along the ridges of your eyelid. A common cause of evaporative dry eye is meibomian gland dysfunction.

Aqueous-deficient dry eye occurs when your tears lack the water content they need to keep your eyes hydrated. It often occurs if you take certain medications or have conditions like Sjögren’s syndrome.

Dry Eye Conditions

Meibomian Gland Dysfunction

Meibomian gland dysfunction occurs when the meibomian glands, located along the ridges of your eyelids, cannot produce enough oil or clog up and stop producing oil altogether.

This can result in an imbalance in the tear film and lead to dry eye symptoms. It is one of the most common causes of dry eye.

Blepharitis is an inflammation of the eyelid. It can be caused by irritation from bacteria or allergies, and symptoms include redness around the eyes, itchy eyelids, flaking skin, and burning sensations.

Dry eye is often associated with these 2 conditions: meibomian gland dysfunction and blepharitis.

When you visit us for a dry eye appointment, we’ll look for other concerns associated with your symptoms to develop a personalized treatment strategy.

How We Can Help You Manage Dry Eye

Our in-office strategies use modern technologies and techniques, helping you achieve the long-lasting comfort you deserve.

OptiLight by Lumenis

OptiLight by Lumenis is a light-based, noninvasive treatment done in the area below the eyes to manage dry eye. The first and only IPL FDA-approved for dry eye management.

The treatment is safe, gentle, and is backed by more than 20 clinical studies.

Please visit our OptiLight by Lumenis page to learn more.

NuLids eyelid cleansing is a hygiene treatment we offer to help address symptoms of meibomian gland dysfunction and blepharitis.

Using the NuLids device, we can gently scrub the edges of your eyelids, cleaning away bacteria and flaky skin. This helps address symptoms like inflammation and irritation.

Meibomian gland expression involves manually expressing the meibomian glands to help clear the blockages causing meibomian gland dysfunction.

Using pharmaceuticals is a safe and effective way to manage dry eye symptoms. The treatment may include over-the-counter products like artificial tears or steroid eye drops. Prescription medications, such as corticosteroids, may also reduce inflammation and improve underlying conditions contributing to dry eye.

Managing Dry Eye at Home

Depending on your symptoms, we may recommend various at-home strategies to help maintain your eye comfort.

Heat Masks & Warm Compresses

Heat masks and warm compresses can be placed over your eyelids to help melt away blockages in your meibomian glands, stimulating oil production to help support your tear film.

Eyelid hygiene techniques and lid wipes can help clean away bacteria, dirt, flaky skin, and other debris around your eyelids.

We may recommend these if you struggle with conditions like blepharitis.

Depending on your symptoms, we can recommend a range of vitamins and nutraceuticals specifically designed to support healthy tear production.

Speak to our team today about our selection and how they can help you.

See Life with Clarity & Comfort

See how we can support your eye health and comfort when you visit us for a dry eye appointment. Request your appointment today!

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Our Location

Visit Our Location

Find us in Winfield Market Square, just across the street from Winfield train station. Parking is available in front of our practice.

Our Address

  • 27W460 Chicago Ave., Unit D
  • Winfield, IL 60190

Contact Information

Our Hours

  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: 9:00 AM 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 11:00 AM 7:00 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM 6:00 PM
  • Friday: 9:00 AM 5:00 PM
  • Saturday: By Appointment
  • Sunday: Closed

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