Dry Eye Clinic
Patients who are contact-lens intolerant, complain of ocular dryness, burning, foreign body sensation, or experience blurred vision while reading may have dry eye and could benefit from a comprehensive examination in the Dry Eye Clinic.
The Dry Eye Clinic is designed to specifically test and treat patients who suffer from diseases that cause the eyes to feel dry.
Many eye conditions can cause a feeling of dryness, so an accurate diagnosis of dry eye is necessary before appropriate treatment can be provided. The accurate diagnosis and management of dry eye require special tests that go beyond a basic eye exam.
Dry Eye Symptoms
Symptoms related to dry eye that include but are not limited to:
- Gritty, itching, or stinging sensation
- Excessive tearing; redness; discharge
- Eyes feeling tired
- Increased light sensitivity
- Constant use of eye drops
- Eyes feeling dry
- Discomfort may worsen late in the day
We offer a number of specialized treatments for dry eye. Click on an item from the list to learn more about each treatment.
Lipiflow is a device specifically designed for removing Meibomian glands blockages by administering heat and applying massages to the eyelids, allowing the glands to effectively produce the oils that make up the top layer of the tear film. The Berkeley study shows that more severe cases of oil gland blockage and symptoms tend to achieve better outcomes with this in-office procedure, compared with mild cases.
TearCare is a device that administers adjustable heat directly to the upper and lower eyelids to liquefy the oil in the Meibomian glands. This in-office heating treatment is followed by manual expression of Meibomian glands by the clinician.
BlephEx is a device designed to remove excess bacteria, biofilm, and bacterial toxins from the upper and lower eyelid margins for blepharitis management.
Meibography is an IR-based imaging system used to image Meibomian glands in both upper and lower eyelids. Some characteristic changes of the oil gland morphology can reflect the severity of the Meibomian Gland Dysfunction.
Learn More About Dry Eye
Visit the National Institute of Health (NIH) website for more information on Dry Eye.
Video: Home Therapy Treatment
Try this home therapy for the treatment of Meibomian Gland Dysfunction.
Dry Eye Facts
Dry eye is common — nearly 5 million Americans have dry eye
If severe dry eye isn’t treated, it can sometimes damage your cornea, the clear outer layer of your eye
For Dry Eye Consultations or a Dry Eye Follow-Up, call 510-642-2020 and ask to be scheduled in the Dry Eye Clinic.
Dry Eye Clinic
UC Berkeley Optometry
200 Minor Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720