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Anderson, IN / 765-649-1200
Fountain Square, IN / 317-632-9220
Peak Visual Performance / 765-649-1209

Dry Eye Treatment

Macha Eye Care will Help You Manage Your Dry Eye Disease

Dry, irritated eyes are a common concern and may be due to environmental factors such as dry, wintery or desert conditions, excess computer use, contact lens overwear or health issues. Even some medications can cause dry eyes. Longstanding dryness makes the eyes more susceptible to serious issues such as corneal ulcers and scars.

Keep your eyes healthy. Schedule an appointment for a dry eye consultation at Macha Eye Care today.

What Is Dry Eye Disease?

In order to function properly and stay comfortable, the mucous membranes of the eyes must be well lubricated by your natural tears. Dry Eye Disease (DED) refers to a breakdown in the quantity and/or quality of tears that moisten, cleanse, and protect your eyes. If the tears are evaporating too quickly or not enough tears are being produced or the tear balance is off, you may suffer from DED. This is a chronic condition which can be quite debilitating at times, leading to sore, red, blurry eyes.

Symptoms of Dry Eye Disease

  • Redness
  • Burning or itching
  • Watery eyes
  • Foreign body sensation or grittiness
  • Excess white stringy mucous
  • Blurry vision
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Discomfort during contact lens wear

The Two Main Causes of Dry Eye Disease

Your eyelid glands produce tears to lubricate the eyes. If these glands are unable to produce enough tears to keep the eyes moist and comfortable then dry eyes will develop.

The composition of the tears are a delicate balance between water and an oil called meibum, produced by the meibomian glands in the eyelids. Meibum helps to prevent the tears from evaporating too quickly. If there isn’t enough water, the tears will be oily and the vision will be blurry. If there isn’t enough meibum, the tears will evaporate rapidly and the eyes will feel dry.

The optometrists at Macha Eye Care use InflammaDry to help identify cases of dry eye disease. InflammaDry is a quick in-office test that detects elevated levels of MMP-9, an inflammatory marker that is elevated in the tears of patients with DED. Note that MMP-9 may be elevated for other reasons as well.

Suggested Treatment for Dry Eye Disease

The best treatment for your dry eyes will depend on the severity of your DED. For mild dry eyes artificial tears, omega-3 supplements, warm compresses and/or lid scrubs may be sufficient. For moderate to severe DED, prescription eye drops that induce tear production, punctal plugs or mild steroid eye drops may be indicated. These advanced treatments require a prescription from your optometrist.

Artificial tears are eye drops available at the pharmacy. Artificial tears provide quick and effective relief from dry eye symptoms, if used as directed. Because there are so many options please ask your optometrist which drops are right for you and always read and follow the directions on the label.

Restasis and Xiidra are prescription eye drops that stimulate your body’s natural tear production, offering a long-term solution to DED. It may take a few months to see the full benefit of these drops, so artificial tears may be needed for short term relief while they take effect.

Punctal plugs are very small, comfortable inserts placed into the drainage ducts in the upper and lower eyelids to slow the tears from draining, keeping the tears on the surface of the eyes longer. If needed, they are can be inserted and removed directly by your optometrist at Macha Eye Care.

Blepharitis is an inflammation of the eyelids that includes redness, irritation, crusting and flaking. It is a contributor to DED. BlephEx™ is a revolutionary new instrument, used by your optometrist to precisely and carefully clean the eyelids and lashes using a medical grade micro-sponge. Treating blepharitis will help alleviate some of your dry eye symptoms.

Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD) is a common cause of dry eye disease. Meibomian glands are the oil secreting glands that balance the tears. When the meibomian glands get blocked the oil can’t get out and the tears evaporate too quickly, leading to frothy tears, irritated eyes and dryness. Your optometrist may suggest meibomian gland expression to unblock the meibomian glands and better balance your tears.

Two Locations to Serve You Best

Macha Eye Care is available at two convenient locations to serve your vision needs. Our new Fountain Square office is conveniently located near downtown Indianapolis along the cultural trail. The Anderson and Peak Visual Performance location offers comprehensive eye examinations as well as Sports Vision Therapy.

Visit Our New Location in Fountain Square

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Conveniently located less than 2 miles from downtown Indianapolis in a quaint, brightly painted one story building with ample parking. Transportation options include car, bus, Indiana Pacers Bikeshare, BlueIndy car share or walking.

Fountain Square

1429 Shelby Street
Indianapolis, IN 46203

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Phone +1 317-632-9220
Fax +1 317-632-9222
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Visit Us in Anderson for Comprehensive Eye Care, Vision Therapy & Sports Vision Training

Macha Eye Care and Peak Visual Performance are just south of the White River, a quarter mile north of Mounds Mall on Scatterfield Road.

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Anderson

1537 S. Scatterfield Rd., Ste B
Anderson, IN 46016

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Phone +1 765-649-1200
Fax +1 765-649-4040
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Peak Visual Performance

1541 S. Scatterfield Rd., Ste C
Anderson, IN 46016

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Phone +1 765-649-1209
Fax +1 765-649-4040
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By Appointment Only.

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