Dry Eye Treatment in Blackfoot

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Helping You Manage Dry Eye

Your eyes are complex, and they require a certain amount of lubrication to work properly. Dry eye is a condition that can occur when your eyes aren’t producing enough tears to stay hydrated, or something has gone wrong with the tear production process.

Dry eyes can damage your eyes if left untreated, so our Bluebird Vision & Wellness team is dedicated to treating dry eyes and helping you find relief. 

Contact us to schedule an appointment today and take back your comfort from dry eyes.

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How Dry Eye Works

Dry eye is what it sounds like; your eyes aren’t producing enough moisture to function the way they’re meant to. A fault in the tear production process can be the main culprit. Your tears are comprised of 3 layers:

  • The oily outer layer
  • The watery middle layer
  • The inner mucus layer

Dry eye can occur when the glands that produce these elements of your tears are not functioning properly or become inflamed.

Some common signs and symptoms of dry eye can include:

  • A stinging, burning, or scratchy feeling in your eyes
  • Blurred vision or eye fatigue
  • Eye redness
  • Watery eyes
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Are you suffering from dry eye? Take our online assessment to find out.

Our Dry Eye Treatments

The first step to finding relief from your dry eye symptoms is visiting us for a comprehensive eye exam, where our team can determine the underlying cause of your dry eyes. Following a thorough exam, we can prepare a treatment plan to help you regain your comfort.

Medicated Eye Drops

RESTASIS eye drops are prescription drops that focus on treating the underlying cause of chronic dry eye. These drops focus on inflammation management and increasing your eyes’ ability to produce tears.

Xiidra is a prescription eye drop that targets the source of inflammation that can cause uncomfortable dry eye symptoms. When used twice daily, you can experience lasting relief in as little as 2 weeks.

Xiidra eye drops are meant to be used twice per day.

Punctal plugs can help manage dry eyes when your tears are draining from your eyes too quickly. These tiny devices are placed into your tear ducts to slow down how fast tears leave the surface of your eyes.

There are 2 types of punctal plugs:

  • Temporary or dissolving—This type of plug is usually made of collagen and naturally dissolves in a few days or months.
  • Semi-permanent—These plugs are made of medical plastics and designed for long-term use. Your eye doctor can remove these plugs if needed.

We can carefully examine your eyes to determine the best type of plug and size for your needs.

Lid scrubs help remove debris from the eye area and help keep your eye clean to reduce the chance of developing dry eye. The pads are oil-free and ready to use.

Amniotic membranes contain certain properties that can help treat dry eyes. When an amniotic disk is placed on a contact lens, the contact lens helps regenerate a patient’s eye to a normal state.

No other treatment provides such restorative features that can heal a damaged cornea and treat dry eyes simultaneously. The usage of amniotic membranes has been shown in clinical studies to heal the eye, soothe eye pain, and improve overall vision.

The TearCare System is designed to aid adult patients evaporative dry eye disease due to meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD.) The TearCare System works by applying localized heat therapy and can have tremendous  results when used in combination with manual stimulation of the meibomian glands.

Meibomian Gland Dysfunction

Meibomian Gland Disease (MGD) is a progressive and degenerative disease that, when left untreated can lead to permanent loss of function and increase the severity of evaporative dry eye disease. at Blue Bird Vision and Wellness we offer several different treatments for this disease including supplements, and procedures using the latest Technology. Symptoms can include burning, stinging, eye fatigue, blurred vision, and discomfort in general. Once inflicted with MGD, this progressive condition can continue to worsen over time, impacting everyday life and requires medical treatment.

TempSure Envi

Icon (IPL), TempSure Envi (radio frequency), and TearCare® are just a few examples of the cutting edge technology we use to help with MGD.

Healthy Meibomian Glands
Unhealthy Meibomian Glands

Apart from treating dry eye, our IPL and radio frequency technologies also have other applications which include a wide range of aesthetic treatments.

Get Relief from Dry Eyes

Dry eye symptoms can derail your busy life, and our team strives to help you spend more time enjoying life and less time worrying about dry eyes. Visiting us when dry eye symptoms appear means getting the treatment and relief you need.

Contact us to schedule an appointment and move past your dry eyes today.

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Come Visit Us

Find us just across the street from Jensen Grove Park just off North Meridian Street.

Our Address

  • 720 North Meridian Street, Suite A
  • Blackfoot, Idaho 83221

Contact Information

Hours of Operation

  • Monday: 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM 5:00 PM
  • Thursday: 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
  • Friday: 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed
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