Bowden Eye & Associates works with our patients from the diagnoses to the final treatments with an individual approach. Dry eye can be a nuisance and can bother your day to day life, schedule your appointment with us today by scheduling online or calling our office at (904) 296-0098!
Bowden Eye & Associates is proud to be Jacksonville’s leading Dry Eye Clinic. Our Physicians travel the country to train and educate other eye care physicians on the latest advancements in diagnosing and treating Dry Eye Disease. By doing this, we are able to test all the available options out there and provide only the best to our patients to help achieve their best possible outcomes.schedule Consultation
Dry eye syndrome affects millions of Americans, and symptoms can range from occasional, mild irritation to debilitating and stubborn symptoms. Each time you blink your eye, tears spread across the surface of the cornea. Tears exist to provide lubrication to the eye, reduce the risk of infection, and to wash away foreign matter in the eye. As odd as it is, an increase of tears or an appearance that you are crying, is a symptom of Dry Eyes. If you suspect that you are experiencing dry eye symptoms, or would like to have your glands checked in a complete eye exam, make sure to schedule an appointment with our team of physicians that serve Jacksonville, St. Augustine, St. Johns and the surrounding areas..
Excess tears drain out of the eye through small drainage ducts in the inner corners of the eyelid. Dry eyes occur when tear production and drainage are out of balance. Patients with dry eyes either do not produce good quality tears, or they simply do not produce enough tears. With the increased usage of phones and computers, our eyes are taking a hit.
Our Physicians at Bowden Eye & Associates take it seriously to educate our patients on how they can not only treat their symptoms but also help prevent future damage. Bowden Eye & Associates was the area’s first Dry Eye Center of Excellence in Jacksonville, FL.
Our diagnosis involves looking at allergies and dry eye issues such as gland dysfunction.
One of our main focus points is dry eye.
Our treatment protocol is advanced and includes the latest technology.
Our doctors teach other eye care professionals on dry eye protocol.
The TearLab Osmolarity System is intended to measure the osmolarity of human tears to aid in the diagnosis of dry eye disease in patients suspected of having dry eye disease. The TearLab system facilitates the diagnosis, treatment and the management of dry eye.
How exactly is dry eye disease treated? Some patients try to reach for over the counter drops which may offer short term relief, but that is only masking the problem.
Over-the-counter and prescription drops can provide temporary relief of dry eye symptoms.
Clearing blockages in the Meibomian glands allows proper function to resume.
Punctal Plugs are inserted into the tear ducts with a goal of holding the tears on the eye.
Warm compresses heat the front surface of the eyelids to provide temporary relief.
Eyelid scrubs remove debris from the eyelashes and the lid margin.
Omega-3 oils can suppress inflammation or irritation in some dry eye patients.
Some of these options include LipiFlow® Thermal Pulsation System as well as Blephex. Some patients will need to use artificial tears to lubricate the eyes and replace the lack of moisture. The various eye drop regimen varies by patient.
Treatments for dry eye disease include: