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Dry Eye Syndrome

Ocular Surface Disease (Dry Eye Syndrome and related conditions) is multifactorial, inflammatory and chronic. More than 16 million Americans suffer from dry eye symptoms. Ocular Surface Disease encompasses all conditions that create inflammation on the ocular surface, a decrease in tear quality and/or quantity, and long term damage to the ocular surface. While some patients feel dryness in their eyes, others may experience excessive watering or the sensation that something is in the eye (foreign body sensation). Learn more about risk factors, symptoms and treatments:

Risk Factors

Any of these risk factors can contribute to Ocular Surface Disease. Many patients have multiple risk factors which can make symptoms more severe. Be sure to address risk factors that apply to you at your Dry Eye Evaluation. If you have not scheduled your evaluation yet, you can do so HERE.

  • Age
  • Auto-immune Conditions
  • Thyroid Disease
  • Medications for hypertension, allergy, anxiety/depression, birth control, Accutane, and hormone replacement
  • Weather/Environmental Influences
  • Hormonal Changes (Pregnancy, Menopause, etc)
  • Ocular Surgery- LASIK, Cataract Surgery, and more
  • History of Chemotherapy or Radiation Treatment
  • Genetics - family history of Dry Eye Syndrome

Do you experience any of these symptoms?
Call today to schedule your Dry Eye Evaluation to find the best solutions tailored to you!

Excessive Tearing
Flunctuating Vision
Foreign Body Sensation
Light Sensitivity
General Fatigue
Heavy or Tired Eyes
Eye Strain

If you are diagnosed with ocular surface disease Dr. Cline will have a very thorough and honest conversation about treatment options to find what will work best for you.

  • OptiLight by Lumenis
  • MiboFlo Thermal Treatment
  • Zest Treatment
  • Prescription Medications
  • Lid Cleanser
  • Hypochlorous Spray
  • Heat Compresses
  • Triglyceride Omega 3 Supplements
  • Nighttime Ointment
  • Artificial Tears
  • Prokera Amniotic Membrane

You may already know you have Dry Eye Syndrome or you may be diagnosed at your comprehensive exam. The next step toward a solution is a Dry Eye Evaluation. This is a focused exam that dives deep into all your symptoms, risk factors, possible causes, and specialized testing to determine the best customized treatment plan for you. Every patient has unique challenges and their treatment plan will reflect that.

​​​​​​​A Dry Eye Evaluation includes:

  • In-depth Medical History, Symptom & Lifestyle Questionnaires
  • Assessment of the Ocular Surface and Tear Quantity/Quality
  • Meibography - Photography of the Meibomian Glands
  • Discussion on Treatment Options
  • Consultation on the Best Solution for YOU

Dry Eye Treatments

Dry Eye Syndrome is more prevalent than ever. The best way to treat it is to prevent it in the first place. With a combination of in-office and home therapies you will find relief like never before. Dry Eye treatment has moved far beyond artificial tears. Let us help you navigate these therapies so you can get back to living your best life.

We have invested in technology to provide the absolute best-in-class care for Ocular Surface Disease (Dry Eye Syndrome and related conditions). Research has found that traditional treatments of artificial tears and home remedies do not provide long term relief and allow the condition to progress to more severe stages. While some traditional treatments can help maintain comfort when combined with new technological advances they do not treat Ocular Surface Disease.

To maximize your comfort, clarity, and confidence, Dr. Cline will recommend a customized treatment plan. Every patient is unique and their treatments will be as well. Your plan will be tailored to you and may change over time. If you have questions please ask us anytime!

Advanced Treatments take place in our Dry Eye Medical Spa- We will perform medical treatments in a spa environment for your comfort and relaxation. Everyone deserves to feel pampered so we do what we can to make that happen!

Optilight by Lumenis


Optilight is the first and only FDA approved IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) treatment for Ocular Surface Disease. This advanced technology treats the root cause of ocular surface disease - INFLAMMATION - with a very specific and proven combination of pulsed light energy. Not only does it create long lasting results, it actually helps regenerate the very important meibomian glands necessary to produce good quality tears.

Learn More
OptiLight by Lumenis: A Real Solution for Dry Eyes
OptiLight - for Dry eye: Kyle Richards Review | Lumenis​​​​​​​


MiboFlo is a thermal treatment that aids in clearing the meibomian glands of blockages, decreasing inflammation, and improving the quality of your natural tears for immediate relief. This technology provides a constant and controlled heat massage to the meibomian glands that cannot be accomplished with home therapy masks. It does not have any side effects, is comfortable and soothing.


Zest Treatment

The Zest Treatment provides a “deep clean” for stubborn biofilm buildup along the lids and lashes to give you an immediate fresh feeling and provide better results with other advanced treatments.

Zest Zocukit

Epionce Skincare

What you use around your eyes can impact your ocular surface. That is why we have chosen to offer Epionce Skincare to our patients. This gentle yet powerful line was developed by clinical dermatologist Dr. Carl Thornfeldt. Starting with a strong focus on protecting and improving the skin barrier, especially in inflammatory conditions such as Rosacea, Dr. Thornfeldt developed a botanically based, effective skin care that is backed by over 2 decades of research.

Epionce sets itself apart by harnessing the power of botanical ingredients and potent antioxidants to enhance your skin's innate beauty. We're proud to offer Epionce products that are paraben-free, fragrance-free, sulfate-free, and gluten-free, ensuring your peace of mind. You can purchase products in-office or on the Epionce website. Use our code (20230419) for free shipping and extra samples.


Prescription Medications

Sometimes, prescription medication is necessary to fully manage Ocular Surface Disease. There are many options that range from short term steroid eye drops to long-term inflammatory modulating drops and even nasal sprays. Dr. Cline will discuss these options with you to determine the best treatment for you.


Customized Home Maintenance Therapies:

There are A LOT of products available online and in stores and it can be very discouraging and overwhelming to pick which is right for you. Unfortunately many of these products are not well regulated and do not always do what they claim. Your Dry Eye Evaluation will allow Dr. Cline to determine what is causing your symptoms and provide the best recommendations for you. Her recommendations are based on clinical research, consultation with leading Dry Eye experts, and over 15 years of professional experience with dry eye patients. You no longer need to spend money on random products in hopes that they may work. You will be given a treatment plan tailored to your health history, your symptoms, and your needs.

Your treatment plan may include some of the following:

eye lid cleanser with tea tree oil

Lid Cleanser with Tea Tree Oil
Cleans the biofilm created by bacteria on the lids and lashes, decreases inflammation, and allows the oil glands to function properly.

Hypochlorous Spray

Hypochlorous Spray
Improves the comfort and
health of the eyes by decreasing
inflammation and treating excess bacteria.

heat compress

Heat Compresses
With a microwaveable or USB heat mask thins the oil in the lids and allows it to express more naturally which creates better quality tears.

Omega 3 supplements

Triglyceride Omega 3

Improve the quality of tears and decrease inflammation on the ocular surface.

eye drops in eyes

Preservative Free
Artificial Tears

Provide comfort and clearer, more consistent vision.

You Don't Have to Struggle with Dry Eyes.
Schedule a Dry Eye Evaluation

A Dry Eye Evaluation includes:

  • In-depth Medical History, Symptom & Lifestyle Questionnaires
  • Assessment of the Ocular Surface and Tear Quantity/Quality
  • Meibography - Photography of the Meibomian Glands
  • Discussion on Treatment Options
  • Consultation on the Best Solution for YOU

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