You don’t have to live with dry eye just because you live in a dry climate.

Are you a candidate for our dry eye clinic? Here in New Mexico, we all might feel like we suffer from dry eye at times. True dry eye can happen in any climate but is prevalent in New Mexico because of the dry air. If you feel like you don’t have enough tears, it could be dry eye.

You need tears for more than crying. They help keep the surface of your eyes healthy and help you see clearly. Dry eye, or ocular surface disease, is an eye condition where there are not enough tears produced to lubricate the eye effectively. It’s common and can be present at any age and it can be a chronic problem, especially in older adults.

What Causes Dry Eye?

There are glands in and around your eyelids, the lacrimal glands, that produce tears. When these glands aren’t producing a normal amount of tears or when the tear composition is out of balance, it can lead to symptoms of dry eye. Things that can affect tear production include:

  • Age
  • Medical conditions including diabetes, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and thyroid disorders
  • The side effect of certain medications such as antihistamines, hormone replacement therapy, decongestants, antidepressants, blood pressure medication, birth control, and medication for Parkinson’s disease
  • Environmental conditions like dry climates, smoke, and wind
  • Tear gland damage
  • Eyelid problems
  • Lack of production of any of the three elements of tears – oil, water, and mucus

What Are Dry Eye Symptoms?

When these symptoms are persistent, it becomes a concern that ocular surface disease could be present. Symptoms include:

  • Irritation
  • Scratching or burning
  • Dryness
  • Discomfort
  • Redness
  • Burning
  • Excessive tearing
  • Blurred vision
  • Eye fatigue
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Feeling that you have something in your eye
  • Feeling gritty or sandy
  • Difficulty with contacts or nighttime driving
Your front office person Amy is very personable, Bryan is very informative and nice. Thank you Eyes of NM!

Christina Flores

5.0
2019-04-24T13:29:37+00:00

Christina Flores

Your front office person Amy is very personable, Bryan is very informative and nice. Thank you Eyes of NM!
The costumer service was so great and welcoming I felt right at home and so did my daughter.

Monique Atencio

5.0
2019-04-24T13:30:21+00:00

Monique Atencio

The costumer service was so great and welcoming I felt right at home and so did my daughter.
I walked out of the office today with the biggest smile on my face, the new contacts that Dr. Martinez put me in are absolutely amazing!

Natalia Beraun

5.0
2019-04-24T13:38:58+00:00

Natalia Beraun

I walked out of the office today with the biggest smile on my face, the new contacts that Dr. Martinez put me in are absolutely amazing!
These people are great...I know this because I was treated like my life actually mattered...

Meansue K.

5.0
2019-04-24T13:39:34+00:00

Meansue K.

These people are great...I know this because I was treated like my life actually mattered...
We always have a great experience with Dr. Martinez and staff. She is the best eye doctor for children.

Tanya Garcia

5.0
2019-04-24T13:40:48+00:00

Tanya Garcia

We always have a great experience with Dr. Martinez and staff. She is the best eye doctor for children.
The staff has also done an amazing job with him getting him checked in and making him feel comfortable.

Andrea Garcia

5.0
2019-04-24T13:41:23+00:00

Andrea Garcia

The staff has also done an amazing job with him getting him checked in and making him feel comfortable.
Very friendly and professional staff from making the appointment to walking out the door. The best experience I've had in a long time!

Jamie Brown

5.0
2019-04-24T13:44:09+00:00

Jamie Brown

Very friendly and professional staff from making the appointment to walking out the door. The best experience I've had in a long time!
I took my 6 year old here and The overall esperance was great. customer service was excellent.

Peter Lokke

5.0
2019-04-24T14:00:12+00:00

Peter Lokke

I took my 6 year old here and The overall esperance was great. customer service was excellent.
This is a wonderful practice!! Doctors are very knowledgeable and staff is very friendly and helpful. Thank you Eyes of NM

Melanie Melancon

5.0
2019-04-24T14:00:51+00:00

Melanie Melancon

This is a wonderful practice!! Doctors are very knowledgeable and staff is very friendly and helpful. Thank you Eyes of NM
Dr.Molinar is simply wonderful and from the second she walked into the exam room I was perfectly and completely at ease and trust her.

Yvette Webb

5.0
2019-04-24T14:01:37+00:00

Yvette Webb

Dr.Molinar is simply wonderful and from the second she walked into the exam room I was perfectly and completely at ease and trust her.
Dr Molina is so nice and competent. She took the time to fully evaluate my eye health by comparing last years exam to the current exam.

Nichole

5.0
2019-04-24T14:02:18+00:00

Nichole

Dr Molina is so nice and competent. She took the time to fully evaluate my eye health by comparing last years exam to the current exam.
Me and my sons had a very AWESOME 1st time visit..Staff are very professional and NICE.

Audrey Chino

5.0
2019-04-24T14:02:50+00:00

Audrey Chino

Me and my sons had a very AWESOME 1st time visit..Staff are very professional and NICE.
Dr. Molinar-Arguello was friendly, knowledgeable, and thorough. I found out things about my eye problems that no other doctor has told me.

Daniel

5.0
2019-04-24T15:25:54+00:00

Daniel

Dr. Molinar-Arguello was friendly, knowledgeable, and thorough. I found out things about my eye problems that no other doctor has told me.
Dr. Martinez and her staff are very professional, polite, and thorough. My husband and I will definitely be returning.

Hannah Force

5.0
2019-04-24T15:27:47+00:00

Hannah Force

Dr. Martinez and her staff are very professional, polite, and thorough. My husband and I will definitely be returning.
They were very good and very professional. I enjoyed getting to meet Dr. Martinez and chatting with her.

Jonathan Leggett

5.0
2019-04-24T15:28:30+00:00

Jonathan Leggett

They were very good and very professional. I enjoyed getting to meet Dr. Martinez and chatting with her.
Great staff, kid-friendly, quality care. My family enjoys our annual visit!

Toni Atencio

5.0
2019-04-24T15:29:14+00:00

Toni Atencio

Great staff, kid-friendly, quality care. My family enjoys our annual visit!
Amazing experience!! My last exam with another doctor, it took 3 appointments to find a Rx that worked for my contacts.

Cheryl Colón

5.0
2019-04-24T15:29:51+00:00

Cheryl Colón

Amazing experience!! My last exam with another doctor, it took 3 appointments to find a Rx that worked for my contacts.
Love this place, I like that I do not have to be dialated for several hours and ruin my day they have options !!!!! My Doc Tiffany is on it!!

Shelly Aragon

5.0
2019-04-24T15:34:54+00:00

Shelly Aragon

Love this place, I like that I do not have to be dialated for several hours and ruin my day they have options !!!!! My Doc Tiffany is on it!!
So friendly. Had no problem answering all of my questions no matter how small. Fast service. Great people.

Chris Foss

5.0
2019-04-24T15:39:23+00:00

Chris Foss

So friendly. Had no problem answering all of my questions no matter how small. Fast service. Great people.
5
19

The Dry Eye Clinic at Eyes of NM

At Eyes of NM, we take dry eye seriously. We’ve created a clinic and treatment program specifically designed to address this condition. The primary concerns with dry eye are the complications that go along with it. It can lead to eye infections when you don’t have enough tears to protect the surface of your eyes, damage to the surface of your eyes due to inflammation and abrasion from lack of lubricating tears, and decreased quality of life from the discomfort that comes from consistently dry eyes.

Here’s what we do to help:

1. Diagnosis

We perform a series of tests to determine if you have ocular surface disease. The work-up includes:

  • Scanning the Meibomian glands on the top and bottom eyelids using the Oculus Keratograph 5 to check for structural and functional changes
  • Evaluating the tear film to determine when it breaks up and how long it takes
  • Testing with Inflammadry to check for corneal inflammation
  • Using special dyes and a slit lamp to evaluate the front of the eye. Special filters will highlight abnormalities on the surface that can indicate dry eye
  • Evaluating your blinking which is essential to proper eye lubrication

2. Treatment

There are different ways to treat dry eye depending on the underlying cause.

  • LipiFlow – we use this device to treat MGD, or Meibomian Gland Dysfunction, a disorder that is responsible for over 86% of all dry eye cases. The LipiFlow uses vectored thermal pulsation to warm and massage the inside of the lids where there is thickening and debris from the meibomian glands. This helps with debriding and clearing of the blocked glands.
  • MiBoFlo – this device melts the meibum oil that is build up in the glands preventing proper flow. The heat therapy works as follow-up therapy to the LipiFlow to ensure the glands stay open once expression and clearing is complete

3. Medication

Some cases of ocular surface disease respond to medication. Medication can include anti-inflammatory drops that can reduce dry eye symptoms, steroid medications, oral supplements, and topical treatments.

Do you think you might have dry eye? You don’t have to live with the discomfort and vision issues that go with it. Our experienced doctors specialize in the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of ocular surface disease so we can create a treatment plan that is specific to your needs. Give us a call today to set up an appointment for your evaluation.