Chronic Dry Eye Treatment in Colorado Springs, CO

Stinging, itching, or otherwise dry eyes can be frustrating and make it challenging to go about your everyday life. We offer various treatment options that can help reduce these symptoms. In addition to eye drops, medications, and other standard treatment options, we provide an innovative light therapy treatment called Marco Equinox that can be an even more effective way to keep your eyes moist and comfortable. Here is an overview of why you may be experiencing dry eyes and how we can help you manage your symptoms at our Colorado Springs optometry office

Treatment for Chronic Dry Eyes in Colorado Springs, CO

What Causes Dry Eyes?      

Dry eyes are generally caused by decreased tear production or tears that evaporate more quickly than they should. Some individuals may also experience both of these issues. Some of the most common reasons you may experience decreased tear production or increased tear evaporation include the following: 

  • Aging
  • Certain medications or medical conditions
  • Eye allergies or irritants 
  • Eyelid problems
  • Blinking less frequently than usual 
  • Wearing contact lenses for too long 
  • Vitamin A deficiency

What Is Dry Eye Therapy

Marco Equinox is a type of dry eye therapy that uses low-level light therapy (LLLT) to warm your eyelids, which can stimulate tear production by unclogging the glands that typically keep your eyes comfortably wet. This noninvasive therapy uses an LED light mask over several short sessions to make it easier for moisture to reach your eyes. This light may also minimize acne, wrinkles, and other skin problems. Although some patients may find success using moisturizing eye drops, medications that treat the underlying cause of dry eyes, or other optical treatment options, Marco Equinox is an innovative alternative that can produce competitive results. 

Who Is a Good Candidate for Dry Eye Treatment With Marco Equinox?

We will start with an eye exam to make sure you are a good candidate for this option. While LLLT is generally a safe option for most candidates, it may not be a good fit for patients that have experienced sensitivity to any type of light therapy in the past or have certain health conditions that may cause an adverse reaction to light therapy. 

How Long Does it Take Marco Equinox to Treat Dry Eyes?

Marco Equinox dry eye therapy is a fast, painless treatment requiring no recovery time. You can expect to wear this light therapy mask for approximately fifteen minutes each session. Most patients find that four sessions are enough to unclog their glands and get their tear production back to a comfortable level. It is also possible for your glands to reclog and need to be treated periodically. 

Is Dry Eye Treatment Safe? 

Marco Equinox light therapy, lubricating eye drops, medications, and other dry eye treatment options are generally safe and noninvasive for most patients. Like other medications and therapies, a few patients might experience a negative reaction to any of these treatments, but these reactions are uncommon. 

Dry Eye Specialist in Colorado Springs, CO 

At Evergreen Optometry, we know that experiencing chronic dry eyes can be frustrating. We proudly offer various treatment options for dry eyes, including Marco Equinox light therapy, to help you find one that works well. Contact us today to learn more about what makes us a top choice among residents of Colorado Springs, CO, that need dry eye relief or to schedule an appointment!