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Dry Eye Specialists

Dry eye disease is an extremely prevalent condition that can get worse without proper treatment. At St. Johns Eye Associates, our highly skilled eye doctors offer personalized therapies for dry eye disease that can free you from its irritating symptoms for clear, comfortable vision.

Dry Eye Disease Treatment in Ponte Vedra, FL

What Is Dry Eye Disease?

There are two main types of dry eye — aqueous deficiency, or not enough tears, and evaporative, where your tears don’t have the right ratio of mucus, water, and oil. While there are many causes of dry eye, some prominent ones are meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD), blepharitis, and medications you may be taking. Any one or more of these can contribute to your tears being deficient in volume or quality, making your eyes dry and uncomfortable.

Common symptoms of dry eye include:

  • Burning
  • Grittiness
  • Itching
  • Watery and Red Eyes

With our expertise and industry-leading diagnostics, we can determine the root cause of your dry eye and give you the proper treatment before it gets worse.

Why Choose SJEA for Dry Eye Treatment?

Dry Eye Treatment in St. Augustine, FL
Our optometrists are fully committed to helping you find and treat the source of your dry eye disease so you can live with better, more comfortable sight. We’ve invested in advanced technologies for dry eye disease, such as the TearScience® LipiView II® that analyzes your blink dynamics, tear film, and meibomian gland function to pinpoint the cause of your condition.

From there, our dry eye doctors will put together a care plan featuring advanced in-office treatments or at-home remedies, as well as lifestyle changes that can help you get immediate, lasting relief.

Our Dry Eye Treatments

SJEA embraces cutting-edge dry eye disease therapies that consistently produce positive results for our patients struggling with its symptoms.

Intense Pulsed Light

Intense Pulsed Light

IPL is a painless in-office procedure we use to treat MGD, a leading cause of dry eye where meibomian gland buildup prevents the proper flow of oil into your tears. During this treatment, your optometrist will use the IPL device to administer small bursts of light that gently warm your eyelids, releasing debris and reducing inflammation. This innovative procedure is painless, only lasts a few minutes, and allows patients to return immediately to their daily lives!

LipiFlow

LipiFlow®

The LipiFlow® Thermal Pulsation System is another in-office procedure we perform to help your meibomian glands adequately express oils to improve your tear quality. For this treatment, your eye doctor carefully applies an eye mask that delivers soft, pulsed pressure and heat to massage and warm your eyelids. This stimulates meibum production and oil flow to keep your eyes from drying out. LipiFlow® only takes about 12 minutes, and patients can get back to their normal activities the same day!

Medicated Eye Drops

Medicated Eye Drops

Our doctors may prescribe you specialty eyedrops such as RESTASIS®, Xiidra®, or prescription steroidal eye drops that can instantly soothe your gritty, burning, dry eyes. These solutions are designed to stimulate your eyes’ tear production to not only relieve your symptoms quickly, but keep your eyes moistened for longer.

Radiofrequency Treatment

Radiofrequency Treatment

Radiofrequency (RF) treatment is another revolutionary way we’re able to treat your dry eye disease or MGD to improve your tear film. During this procedure, our optometrist uses a handheld device to apply RF energy to the eyelids, which generates heat that facilitates oil expression to unclog your meibomian glands. An added benefit of RF treatment for dry eye is that it reduces inflammation and improves the appearance of eye bags and fine lines, creating a rejuvenated look around the eyes!

BlephEx

BlephEx®

Blepharitis, or inflammation of the eyelids, is a common cause of often resulting from poor eyelid hygiene. At SJEA, we offer BlephEx®, a special treatment to remove debris, oil, and dead skin causing your blepharitis. During this painless procedure, your eye doctor uses a patented spinning micro-sponge to safely clean and exfoliate your eyelids. Regular BlephEx® treatments promote eyelid cleanliness and improved gland function to prevent dry eyes.

Punctal Plugs

Punctal Plugs

If the cause of your dry eye disease is not enough tears, this could be in part because they are draining too quickly via the tear ducts. For this issue, your optometrist can carefully insert microscopic devices called punctal plugs into the opening of your tear ducts to act as a sort of drain stopper for your eye, allowing your eyes to stay hydrated for longer. These tiny inserts are painless, can be placed in just a few minutes, and produce results in as little as one week!

Intense Pulsed Light
Intense Pulsed Light

Intense Pulsed Light

IPL is a painless in-office procedure we use to treat MGD, a leading cause of dry eye where meibomian gland buildup prevents the proper flow of oil into your tears. During this treatment, your optometrist will use the IPL device to administer small bursts of light that gently warm your eyelids, releasing debris and reducing inflammation. This innovative procedure is painless, only lasts a few minutes, and allows patients to return immediately to their daily lives!

LipiFlow<sup>®</sup>
LipiFlow

LipiFlow®

The LipiFlow® Thermal Pulsation System is another in-office procedure we perform to help your meibomian glands adequately express oils to improve your tear quality. For this treatment, your eye doctor carefully applies an eye mask that delivers soft, pulsed pressure and heat to massage and warm your eyelids. This stimulates meibum production and oil flow to keep your eyes from drying out. LipiFlow® only takes about 12 minutes, and patients can get back to their normal activities the same day!

Medicated Eye Drops
Medicated Eye Drops

Medicated Eye Drops

Our doctors may prescribe you specialty eyedrops such as RESTASIS®, Xiidra®, or prescription steroidal eye drops that can instantly soothe your gritty, burning, dry eyes. These solutions are designed to stimulate your eyes’ tear production to not only relieve your symptoms quickly, but keep your eyes moistened for longer.

Radiofrequency Treatment
Radiofrequency Treatment

Radiofrequency Treatment

Radiofrequency (RF) treatment is another revolutionary way we’re able to treat your dry eye disease or MGD to improve your tear film. During this procedure, our optometrist uses a handheld device to apply RF energy to the eyelids, which generates heat that facilitates oil expression to unclog your meibomian glands. An added benefit of RF treatment for dry eye is that it reduces inflammation and improves the appearance of eye bags and fine lines, creating a rejuvenated look around the eyes!

BlephEx<sup>®</sup>
BlephEx

BlephEx®

Blepharitis, or inflammation of the eyelids, is a common cause of often resulting from poor eyelid hygiene. At SJEA, we offer BlephEx®, a special treatment to remove debris, oil, and dead skin causing your blepharitis. During this painless procedure, your eye doctor uses a patented spinning micro-sponge to safely clean and exfoliate your eyelids. Regular BlephEx® treatments promote eyelid cleanliness and improved gland function to prevent dry eyes.

Punctal Plugs
Punctal Plugs

Punctal Plugs

If the cause of your dry eye disease is not enough tears, this could be in part because they are draining too quickly via the tear ducts. For this issue, your optometrist can carefully insert microscopic devices called punctal plugs into the opening of your tear ducts to act as a sort of drain stopper for your eye, allowing your eyes to stay hydrated for longer. These tiny inserts are painless, can be placed in just a few minutes, and produce results in as little as one week!

Insurance & Financing with Sunbit

Insurance & Financing with CareCredit® & Sunbit

We’re dedicated to making exemplary eye care accessible to everyone. We accept many insurances and enable all our patients to apply for financing with CareCredit® or Sunbit through us! You can contact us to learn more or get started on your forms here:

Our Dry Eye Therapy Success Stories

Our warm, caring staff at SJEA is proud to offer the industry’s top dry eye solutions. We’ll provide you the customized care you need to be free from the pain of dry eye disease. Check out what our patients are saying about how we’ve helped them through their dry eye struggles!

Dry Eye Disease Treatment Near You

Don’t wait any longer to start seeing clearly and comfortably — let us help you manage your dry eye for good. You deserve the most qualified dry eye specialists, superior technology, and personalized treatment for your condition, and that’s what you’ll get at SJEA!