Discover Relief That Lasts
If you’re experiencing heavy, tired, and scratchy eyes, you’re not alone. Dry eye affects millions, and it can make even the simplest tasks, like reading or computer work, feel like a challenge.
At Gordon Eye, we recognize the effects of dry eye on your day-to-day life, and we’re here to help. We can look at your eye health and tear quality in-depth and develop a customized treatment plan that’s unique to your needs. With our help, you can get back to your daily routine feeling comfortable and refreshed.
Visit us today, and let us help you find relief.
What Is Dry Eye?
The tear film is a continuous layer of tears that nourishes, cleanses, and lubricates the eye’s surface. But moisture can evaporate too quickly when the eye produces inadequate tears—either not enough tears or tears missing vital components. This is dry eye.
As a result, you can experience discomfort because the surface needs moisture to blink comfortably and wash away debris.
What Causes Dry Eye?
Dry eye falls under 2 main categories:
- Evaporative dry eye is when natural oils are lacking, causing tears to dry too rapidly.
- Aqueous deficiency is when the eyes generate insufficient moisture to wet the eye effectively.
As we grow older, our eyes naturally produce fewer tears. That’s why dry eye is more common in older adults. Still, dry eye can affect anyone and has various contributing factors.
Factors such as dry climates, medical conditions, certain medications, and poor hydration or diet can all contribute to poor tear quality or quantity.
Common Dry Eye Symptoms
Common symptoms include:
- Gritty, scratchy eyes
- Burning or stinging
- Blurry or fluctuating vision
- Light sensitivity
- Red or watery eyes
- Mucus around the eyes
Customized Relief for Your Dry Eyes
Dry eye can be a complex issue, with unique contributing factors for every individual. That’s why our approach prioritizes personalized treatment plans based on your unique eye health, environment, and lifestyle.
Whether you’re suffering from poor tear production or the effects of too much screen time, our solutions are designed to relieve eye discomfort and enhance your eye health. Our relief methods include technology-based procedures and at-home remedies, like medicated eye drops.
Our goal is to help you experience longer-lasting relief, improving your comfort and quality of life.
Intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy has emerged as an effective solution for managing one of the most common causes of evaporative dry eye—meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD).
The meibomian glands (located inside the eyelids) secrete an oily layer crucial for moisture retention. When these glands are blocked, inflamed, or not functioning properly, they can cause tears to evaporate too rapidly, leading to dry eye.
IPL therapy uses light energy to stimulate the glands, promoting better oil flow and helping to restore comfort.
Learn more about IPL with OptiLight by Lumenis.
The TearCare system can improve tear quality through heat therapy. During your treatment, applicators are placed on the lower and upper eyelids, but patients can blink normally and comfortably.
The heat from the applicators stimulates meibomian glands to release the natural oils that prevent tears from evaporating, keeping the eye’s surface smooth and clear. Restoring moisture retention can improve tear quality and alleviate dry eye symptoms.
Punctal plugs are tiny medical devices inserted into the eyes’ tear ducts (puncta). The plugs block tears from draining to help promote natural lubrication. By keeping tears on the eye’s surface longer, patients can experience reduced dry eye symptoms.
Inserting the plugs is a minimally invasive procedure that takes just a few minutes. Temporary plugs are made of collagen, which dissolves and is naturally absorbed after a few months. Semi-permanent plugs are made of silicone and can last years.
Restore Tear Quality with Customized Care
At Gordon Eye, we genuinely care about your comfort and well-being. We know the toll that dry eye can take on your daily routine and how even the simplest tasks can feel daunting. That’s why we strive to deliver innovative eye care solutions tailored to your needs.
With our personalized approach, we aim to support your eye health so your eyes feel refreshed. Visit us today.
Where to Find Us
We are conveniently located off Massachusetts Ave, just a short walk east from the Minuteman Statue. Look for our shared entrance with Gordon Optical.
- 47 Waltham Street
- Lexington, MA 02421
Hours of Operation
- Monday: Closed
- Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Thursday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Friday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Saturday: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
- Sunday: Closed
*Closed for lunch hour Tuesday through Friday, 1:00 – 2:00 PM