What are the Treatment Options?

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The treatment and management of various degrees of Dry Eye and related medical conditions, including Evaporative Dry Eye or Aqueous Deficient Dry Eye, or Meibomian Gland Dysfunction include:

LipiFlow® – We offer LipiFlow® Thermal Pulsation Treatment. For those diagnosed with Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD), LipiFlow may be recommended for the treatment of gland blockages and restoring natural gland function safely and effectively. LipiFlow is the only FDA cleared treatment approved using therapeutic heat and eyelid massage therapy. For patients with MGD, also known as evaporative dry eye or lipid deficient dry eye, LipiFlow treatment is recommended to unblock meibomian glands and help prevent further deterioration and loss of meibomian gland structure. If you suffer from evaporative dry eye due to MGD, LipiFlow treatment is available in-office. With just one treatment, you may experience sustained relief. (link to LipiFlow reviews)

Eyelid Cleansing/Scrub: used to clean debris and crusting on the eyelids and around the eyelash follicles. Types of lid cleanser include pads, foam, mineral oil, or prescription solutions.

Restasis – a prescription medication (must consult an eye doctor prior to starting the treatment of this drug). Restasis is recommended for the treatment of aqueous deficiency or the lack of tears produced by lacrimal glands. This drug might be used as a last resort if other treatment options have been exhausted.

Nutraceuticals or dry eye vitamins – New formulations have been created that show significant help in treating dry eye. These vitamins are also excellent sources of other essential minerals. In most cases, regular or consistent usage is required to maintain results.

Lubricating Dry Eye Drops & Gels – New solutions in over the counter dry drops can be effective in the short term. Occasional symptoms can be comfortably treated with over-the-counter drops and gels. These drops are often referred to as artificial tears and available without a prescription. These drops come in two forms – preserved and non-preserved (preferred).

Flaxseed oil or Fish oil – Flaxseed has proven to be not only good for dry eye but good for the body in general. Several studies have been undertaken that show significant evidence that taking flax seed oil or fish oil triglyceride form of oils can improve the overall effects of dry eye symptoms. It is said that ingesting the oil is better than taking pills due to the method of which it is absorbed into your system. A suggested method of using the oil is to mix it with Italian salad dressing.

Punctal plugs – Many eye doctors will insert small plugs that help with natural tear flow. Plugs may be used for the treatment of aqueous deficiency to preserve the natural tear on the surface before naturally draining. Some plugs naturally dissolve.

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Portland, OR 97216
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Happy Valley, OR 97086
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Tigard OR 97224
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29250 SW Town Center Loop W
Wilsonville, OR 97070
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Westside Surgery Center
13240 SW Pacific Hwy
Portland, OR 97223
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12050 SE Stevens Rd.
Happy Valley, OR 97086
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Our Locations

Barnes Road
9555 SW Barnes Rd.
#201 (2nd floor)
Portland, OR 97225
(503) 227-2020 see more
Gresham
24601 SE Stark St.
Suite 245
Troutdale, OR 97060
(503) 255-2291 see more
Hillsboro
6111 NE Cornell Rd
Hillsboro, OR 97124
(503) 846-9400 see more
Milwaukie
11086 SE Oak St
Milwaukie, OR 97222
(503) 656-4221 see more
Mt. Tabor
5935 SE Division St.
Portland, OR 97206
503 777-5546 see more
North Portland
3246 N. Lombard
Portland, OR 97217
(503) 285-1671 see more
Northeast Portland
5050 NE Hoyt St., #245
Portland, OR 97213
(503) 255-2291 see more
Northwest Portland
1955 NW Northrup St
Portland, OR 97209
(503) 227-2020 see more
Oregon City
1306 Division St
Oregon City, OR 97045
(503) 656-4221 see more
Southeast Portland
10819 SE Stark St,
Portland, OR 97216
(503) 255-2291 see more
Sunnyside
12050 SE Stevens Rd, Suite 100
Happy Valley, OR 97086
(503) 783-3300 see more
Tigard
15298 SW Royalty Parkway
Tigard OR 97224
(503) 227-2020 see more
Wilsonville
29250 SW Town Center Loop W
Wilsonville, OR 97070
(503) 582-0000 see more
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Westside Surgery Center

13240 SW Pacific Hwy
Portland, OR 97223
(503) 639-6571 see more

EyeHealth Eastside Surgery and Laser Center

12050 SE Stevens Rd.
Happy Valley, OR 97086
(971) 206-6100 see more