Dry Eye Treatment in Northeast Pennsylvania

Dry eye syndrome is a common condition impacting over 30 million people in the United States. It develops as a result of your tear glands producing either an inadequate quality or quantity of tear film. As a result, you can experience significant tear evaporation and a variety of uncomfortable symptoms.

In addition to the chronic discomfort associated with dry eye syndrome, the condition may impact your candidacy for certain procedures such as LASIK. At Northeastern Eye Institute, we offer the latest and most advanced dry eye treatments to alleviate any discomfort you’re experiencing. These treatments can also help improve your candidacy for LASIK and other life-changing procedures.

The best way to learn about your dry eye treatment options is to speak with one of our ophthalmologists in person. Please call 855-204-6888 today to schedule an appointment. We have 15 offices conveniently located in Scranton, Wilkes-Barre and throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Dry Eye Syndrome Often Caused by Meibomian Gland Dysfunction
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Oily outer layer to minimize tear evaporation

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Watery middle (aqueous) layer to clean the eye

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Sticky inner mucous layer that allows the tear film adhere to the surface of your eye

The Meibomian gland is responsible for producing the oils that comprise the outer layer of your tear film. This oily layer forms a protective coating that allows the middle aqueous layer to function properly. When Meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) occurs, these glands become blocked, preventing your eyes from secreting enough oil to sufficiently coat the aqueous layer. This causes you to experience excessive evaporation of the aqueous layer’s water content, creating friction between your eyelid and your cornea.

MGD is by far the most common cause of dry eye syndrome, accounting for over 85% of all cases. When MGD goes untreated, the oil production from your Meibomian glands will progressively decrease over time until they are eventually unable to produce any oil. If this occurs, the surface of your eye may become damaged, resulting in chronic discomfort and long-term vision damage. For this reason, it’s crucial that you treat dry eye syndrome to restore the proper functioning of your Meibomian gland.

There are some instances where dry eye syndrome isn’t associated with MGD. Other potential causes include:

  • Auto-immune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus
  • Allergies
  • Dry climate
    • Pollution
    • Age
    • Certain medications used to treat conditions such as diabetes, scleroderma, rheumatoid arthritis, Sjogren’s syndrome, lupus and thyroid disorders
Dry Eye Treatment Options

In most instances, we treat dry eye syndrome using LipiFlow. This treatment achieves effective results because it specifically addresses the gland blockages caused by MGD. By targeting the root cause of your condition, LipiFlow is able to restore properly functioning tear film.

LipiFlow uses Vectored Thermal Pulse technology to apply heat and gentle pressure to the inner and outer eyelids. The combination of heat and massage pressure removes any obstructions blocking the secretion of tear oil from the Meibomian glands. Proper oil flow will restore a functional outer layer of tear film which prevents excessive evaporation of the aqueous layer.

Your LipiFlow treatment can be completed in one 12-minute session. The function of your Meibomian glands will gradually improve, and full results typically take six to eight weeks to achieve.

In cases where dry eye syndrome isn’t caused by MGD, our ophthalmologists may choose to treat the condition using artificial tears. These eye drops will provide the lubrication necessary to eliminate your uncomfortable dry eye symptoms. You can order artificial tears eye drops here.

Please contact Northeastern Eye Institute using the form on this page or call 855-204-6888 today to schedule an appointment. We have 15 offices conveniently located in Scranton, Wilkes-Barre and throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania.

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Great place. Clean and professional office. Dr. Jordan is a fantastic doctor. I got cataract surgery on both eyes and it changed my life 100%. Great staff. Highly recommend this practice.

J.B. Wright

I suffered from a corneal abrasion suddenly while I was in town for business. The group was very responsive in getting back to me and squeezing me in on the same day. They recently incorporated a new computer system and I can see the benefits to that implementation. It made the check-in process very easy and quick. Dr. Fox was attentive and compassionate to my problem. She prescribed my prescription and laid out a clear path for me to take as soon as I flew home. Thank you to the team!

Wilma Mitchell

I had cataract surgery and it went fantastic! All the staff were very professional and helpful. Dr Jordan made me feel very comfortable. I can see so much better. I am even driving at nite, which was a big issue. Highly recommend them!

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Great job by intake person for Dr William Jordan today. I was not able to get her name I just had surgery on my knee a few days prior to the visit and was in a great amount of discomfort She was kind and accommodating to me in every way and was very patient with me and helpful

Willie Schumacher

Northeast eye is fantastic. I had 2 cataracts removed and new lens put in. Everyone was polite, efficient, and helpful. Dr Frattali is great. Very detailed, very reassuring and even quietly sang while operating on my eyes. No discomfort. I felt well cared for and informed the entire time. Would highly recommend them. I left there not having to wear glasses for now. I look forward to their follow up.

Harold Cameron

I always receive outstanding eye care when I go to the Northeastern Eye Institute in Scranton. The staff are pleasant and helpful. Dr. Arthur Jordan Jr. always provides the highest quality of eye care for me. I am very pleased with NE Eye and will continue to go there for my vision needs.

Thomas Glasspool

They did a great job with my Lasik procedure. They were polite and professional and kept me informed during the whole process. I was able to schedule my Lasik the same week I had my evaluation.

Art Jordan

Northeastern Eye Institute is one of the best eye care practices in the area, every time I go there the staff is friendly, considerate and helpful. When I'm with my doctor he listens to my concerns, and explains to me, so I can understand, the issues I was having with my eyes. Unlike other doctors who have rushed through my visit as if I were on a assembly line. I would highly recommend Northeastern Eye to anyone who is looking for an eye doctor.

Barbara Holder

Had an appointment last week with Dr.Walsh.. she was awesome ..All the office staff was masked and they had hand sanitizer around the office.when I paid with my credit card they even sanitized it before giving it back to me.. the lady that helped me pick out my frames was very friendly and knowledgeable about the frames that would look nice on me .the whole process from checking in and picking frames out to sitting down to place my order took under 90 minutes. Will definitely recommend them to people

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What Are the Symptoms of Dry Eye Syndrome?

Dry eye symptoms are often painful. Some of the most common include:

  • Scratchy, gritty sensation in your eyes
  • Eye soreness
  • Burning sensation in your eyes
    • Sensation of having something in your eyes
    • Increased irritation from smoke and other allergens
    • Excessive tearing
    • Blurry or double vision (most prominent in the morning and evening)
    • Difficulty wearing contact lenses
    • Eye fatigue
    • Sensitivity to light
    • Stringy mucus in or around the eyes
    • Redness in the eyes
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