Dry Eye Therapy in Chevy Chase & Washington, D.C.

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Relief From Dry Eyes Is in Sight

If you suffer from dry eye, Eye Rx is here to help. As an accredited TearLab Dry Eye Center, we are fully certified as a tear testing laboratory—meaning we can quickly and easily perform tests to measure the quality and quantity of your tears, giving us the information needed to help you find dry eye relief. Book an appointment with us and let’s get to tear testing!

A male optometrist uses OptiLight by Lumenis IPL therapy to treat a female patient's dry eye.

OptiLight by Lumenis: An Innovation in Dry Eye Relief

At Eye Rx, we proudly offer OptiLight by Lumenis—the first and only intense pulsed light that is FDA-approved for the management of dry eye disease due to MGD

The OptiLight is an innovative treatment for dry eyes that targets multiple contributors to dry eye, leaving your eyes feeling fresh and clear.

OptiLight treatment is quick and noninvasive! Here’s a breakdown of the main points:

  • Treatment comprises of 4 sessions, each about 10–15 minutes long.
  • A thin layer of cooling gel is applied, and the noninvasive OptiLight treatment is placed below the eyes.
  • Treatment is very gentle. The most you might experience is a warm sensation as the light is applied to the skin.
  • There’s no need for changes to your lifestyle after OptiLight sessions—most patients can resume normal activity immediately, including wearing makeup.
  • Improvement from dry symptoms is generally reported after the second or third session

Want to talk more about whether OptiLight is right for you? We’re here to help!

What Can Cause Dry Eye?

Dry eye has two main causes: poor tear quality and inadequate tear volume

Our eyes rely on a healthy, balanced tear film to stay lubricated. That means that if we are unable to produce enough tears or the tears we do produce do not contain enough water, oil, or mucin, then our eyes can become dry and irritated.

Poor Tear Quality

Our tears are made up of 3 main ingredients: water, an oil called meibum, and mucin. If the water in our tears evaporates too quickly, or the tears are not uniformly distributed, it can cause dry eyes. Meibum is responsible for keeping our tears from evaporating too quickly, which it does by forming a thin, protective coating over the surface of your tears. Mucin ensures that our tears spread out evenly over the front surface of the eye (the cornea).

Tears are produced by several different glands located in and around our eyelids. As we age, our eyes may not be able to produce as many tears, which can lead to dry eye. There are also several medical conditions and medications that can also hinder your ability to produce enough tears to keep your eyes lubricated as well.

Environmental factors, such as wind or a dry climate, can also cause our tears to evaporate too quickly.

By analyzing your tears using tear osmolarity, our team of experts can determine how salty your tears are and analyze their composition. This can help show us what the root cause of your dry eye is, and from there we can develop a dry eye treatment plan customized to you.

What Are Symptoms of Dry Eye?

While we will likely all experience dry or irritated eyes at some point, you may have dry eyes if you experience any of the following persisting symptoms:

  • Blurry vision
  • Redness
  • Itching
  • Burning
  • Light sensitivity
  • Excessive tearing or watery eyes
  • Tired eyes
  • Stringy mucus in or around your eyes
  • A foreign body sensation similar to having sand or grit in your eye
  • Contact lens discomfort

Are You Ready to Experience Relief from Your Dry Eyes?

The team at Eye Rx is here to help! Book an appointment online, or visit one of our 2 locations in Chevy Chase, MD, and Washington, DC

Our Locations

Chevy Chase

We’re located just off North Park Avenue along Shoemaker Farm Lane. If you have any trouble finding our office, don’t hesitate to give us a call!

  • 4600 North Park Ave., Plaza North
  • Chevy Chase, MD 20815

Washington DC

Find us in the heart of downtown, just off K Street. We’re located in the Davis Building next to Chase Bank. If you have any trouble finding us, feel free to give us a call!

  • 1629 K St NW #502
  • Washington, DC 20006
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