Why Choose Heartland Eye Consultants Dry Eye Care?
Time: we take the time to listen to you.
We understand that dry and irritated eyes are frustrating, unrelenting, and oftentimes overlooked. Therefore, we spend as much time as it takes to understand your symptoms, carefully evaluate your entire ocular surface, and then explore all treatment options to devise a therapy targeted to your individual needs.
Talent: our team has over 35 years of experience.
Our doctors have been trained at the highest levels of the optometric profession and have over 35 years of experience treating dry eye disease. They are perennial lecturers at various professional conferences nationwide and serve as adjunct clinical professors at several optometry schools.
Technology: we’re on the cutting edge.
Heartland Eye Consultants is on the cutting edge in the use of technology in the diagnosis and management of dry eye disease. We employ the use of the OCULUS Keratograph 5M, TearLab Osmolarity System, InflammaDry, various dyes for ocular surface evaluation, and research verified questionnaires to quantify your dry eye symptoms.
Contact us for an eye assessment. We can help by recommending individualized treatment for your dry eye.
What Is Dry Eye Disease?
According to the International Dry Eye Workshop (DEWS II Study):
“Dry eye is a multifactorial disease of the ocular surface characterized by a loss of homeostasis of the tear film, and accompanied by ocular symptoms, in which tear film instability and hyperosmolarity, ocular surface inflammation and damage, and neurosensory abnormalities play etiological roles.”
Symptoms of Dry Eye
Chronic dry eye occurs when your eyes do not produce the right quantity or quality of tears. Symptoms of dry eye include:
- General discomfort
- Eye fatigue or heaviness
- Blurry or fluctuating vision
- Sensitivity to light
- Excessive use of over-the-counter eye drops
How Severe Is Your Dry Eye?
Download and complete our dry eye questionnaire. If your total score from the “frequency” and “severity” questions is more than 6/28, you likely have dry eye.
What to Expect with Heartland Eye Consultants
What should you expect at your initial dry eye evaluation?
- TearLab is an instrument that measures the osmolarity or the concentration of specific particles within the tears of your eyes. High osmolarity is indicative of dry eye.
- InflammaDry is a measurement of the number of enzymes in the eye that exist when moderate to severe inflammation is present. Dry eye sufferers tend to have chronic inflammation in their eyes that causes redness and irritation.
- Vital dyes are specific colored dyes that are placed in the eye to assess small areas of surface damage. These dyes can highlight areas and patterns of surface cellular damage that help us diagnose the underlying cause of your dry eye.
- Meibography is the infrared imaging of the oil-producing glands within the eyelid. If these glands are damaged or dying, your eye will have a difficult time producing enough quality oil to cover the eye and contribute to a healthy tear composition.
- Meibomian gland expression is the manual and gentle squeezing of the oil glands in the eyelid to assess the quality of the oil inside. Poor quality oil leads to damage to the gland itself as well as to dry eye.
- Photography of all of the features of the front of your eye will be used to educate you on the findings of the exam as well as serve as a tool to track progress in your treatment.
Our Treatment Methods
Dry eye disease is a widespread and common chronic condition that can have a significant impact on your quality of life, causing a foreign body sensation in your eyes, pain, blurry vision, and dry or watery eyes. Untreated, it can even lead to further eye health complications, including vision impairment.
Despite these constant detrimental effects on quality of life, many dry eye sufferers are not aware that they’re suffering from dry eye disease or that real treatments exist. Instead, they just live with the discomfort.
At Heartland Eye Consultants, we are committed to helping our patients achieve the relief they need by utilizing effective modern dry eye technology and diagnostic methods. We use an Oculus Keratograph to perform noninvasive tear break-up, perform tear film measurements, and conduct meibographies.We’re proud to offer our patients options for treating dry eye, including MiBo Thermoflo, and OptiLight by Lumenis. During your next appointment, ask us if you are a good candidate for these options.
You Don’t Have to Live with Dry Eye Anymore
Our doctors that specialize in dry eye will determine what treatment is best for your eyes. Choose the Heartland Eye Consultants dry eye specialists to manage and treat your dry eye.
Call us today for your consultation! Because eye health starts at the surface.
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We’re located just off Nicholas Street across from Westroads Mall. If you have trouble finding us, please give us a call at 402-493-6500.
- 9900 Nicholas St, Suite #250
- Omaha, NE 68114
- Phone: 402-493-6500
- Fax: 402-493-4370
Hours of Operation
- Monday: 8:15 AM – 5:15 PM
- Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 5:15 PM
- Wednesday: 8:15 AM – 5:15 PM
- Thursday: 8:15 AM – 5:15 PM
- Friday: 8:15 AM – 5:15 PM
- Saturday: Closed
- Sunday: Closed