Norfolk Eye Surgeons Talk Dry Eye Awareness Month and Advanced Treatment Options

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Virginia Eye Consultants provide an overview of what may cause dry eye disease, as well as how the condition can be effectively treated.

Norfolk, VA — Around 40 million people in the U.S. suffer from dry eye disease, though less than 5% of these individuals have been diagnosed or treated. Since July is Dry Eye Awareness Month, the team at Virginia Eye Consultants (VEC) is sharing important information regarding the disease to help people suffering from it find relief.

The Norfolk eye doctors explain that dry eye disease is characterized by itching, burning, and other forms of discomfort in the eyes. The causes of dry eye vary but are often associated with aging, environmental factors, certain medications, or contact lens wear. The eyecare team goes on to say that the condition is one of the most common reasons why many people visit their eye doctor. As a TearLab® Accredited Dry Eye Center, the doctors at VEC say they have advanced knowledge in the diagnosis and treatment of dry eye and can often help people find the most effective method for resolving their problem.

In addition to recommending over-the-counter or prescription eye drops, the practice offers a collection of state-of-the-art dry eye treatment options. This includes new solutions like LipiFlow®, BlephEx®, and MiBoFlo ThermoFlo® to correct the underlying problem that may be leading to the dry eye symptoms.

The eye surgeons at VEC emphasize that dry eye is an abnormal eye condition that does not have to be endured. They say individuals who believe they are suffering from dry eye disease should seek a qualified eye care professional to learn what may be contributing to the condition, as well as how they can ultimately reduce their symptoms.

About Virginia Eye Consultants

For more than 50 years, Virginia Eye Consultants has offered comprehensive eye care solutions to the Norfolk, Virginia area. Every doctor at the practice has been fellowship-trained and board-certified to address a wide range of medical and surgical eye care needs. In addition to dry eye disease, the specialists are proficient in such areas as laser eye surgery, oculoplastics/eyelid surgery, glaucoma, macular degeneration, and many others. They are available for interview upon request.

For more information about Virginia Eye Consultants, please visit virginiaeyeconsultants.com and facebook.com/virginiaeyeconsultants.

Contact:

Virginia Eye Consultants

Norfolk Office:
241 Corporate Blvd.
Norfolk, VA 23502

Virginia Beach Office:
2020 General Booth Boulevard
Virginia Beach, VA 23454

Hampton Office:
2101 Executive Drive
Suite 160
Hampton, VA 23666

Suffolk Office:
2463 Pruden Boulevard
Suffolk, VA 23434

Smithfield/Carrollton Office:
20209 Sentara Way
Carrollton, VA 23314

(757) 622-2200

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(858) 200-0044
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What Can I Do to Treat Dry Eye?

2With July being Dry Eye Awareness Month, our team is committed, more than ever, to helping spread the word on the chronic condition and how it can be treated. As an Accredited Dry Eye Center of Excellence, our staff utilizes advanced diagnostic methods to figure out the patient’s underlying cause of dry eye and ultimately find the most effective solution available.

For individuals with mild dry symptoms, your doctor may recommend an at-home therapy, such as artificial tears, HydroEye®, lid hygiene products, warm compresses, and/or prescription eye drops like RESTASIS®. We understand that visiting the pharmacy can be a bit overwhelming since there are so many eyecare products and brands available. To eliminate this stress, we have added an online store to our website that only includes eye care products selected by our doctors based on their research, personal experience, and the product effectiveness.

While these treatments can be sufficient for many dry eye sufferers, certain individuals may require more in-depth treatment. At Virginia Eye Consultants, we offer three new groundbreaking FDA-approved dry eye treatments! These state-of-the-art solutions are performed in our office in just 12 minutes or less and are all virtually painless procedures.

  • LipiFlow® Thermal Pulsation System treats evaporative dry eye symptoms by stimulating the meibomian glands and, consequently, restoring the fluid balance.
  • BlephEx® treats the condition known as blepharitis, which can lead to dry eye disease, by removing debris and exfoliating the eyelids.
  • MiBoFlo ThermoFlo® produces thermoelectric heat to improve the meibomian gland’s function, helping prevent tears from so easily evaporating.

Each of these solutions has proven to be an effective method for resolving dry eye disease. If you would like more information about our treatments, and to learn which solution is best for your needs, please contact us to set up an appointment with one of our eye care specialists.

What Causes Dry Eye?

1It is estimated that almost 40 million people in the U.S. suffer from dry eye disease, with the vast majority of these individuals remaining undiagnosed and untreated. With the chronic condition being such an irritating and prevalent problem, our team at Virginia Eye Consultants strives to create awareness on its causes, symptoms, and treatments.

Dry eye disease is caused by the lack of lubrication and moisture to the eye’s surface. It can can result in several unpleasant symptoms, like itching, redness, a gritty sensation, and pain. The condition can be influenced by a variety of factors, including:

  • The natural aging process
  • Certain medications
  • Environmental conditions such as dry, hot, or windy weather
  • Wearing contact lenses

To help the large population with dry eye disease, our practice became certified by TearLab® as an Accredited Dry Eye Center. We utilize the advanced TearLab® Osmolarity Test as an effective method for diagnosing dry eye, allowing us to recommend the best form of treatment for each individual’s needs. For more information about dry eye disease and how you can treat the condition, contact us to schedule an appointment.

Norfolk Eye Surgeons Now Offering Comprehensive Eye Care in Virginia Beach

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Virginia Eye Consultants has opened its fifth office location, where the team of eye doctors will provide a wide range of eye treatments and vision correction options.

Norfolk, VA — The team at Virginia Eye Consultants is proud to announce the recent opening of their new location in Virginia Beach. This is the fifth office for the practice, as they also provide care in Norfolk, Hampton, Suffolk, and Carrollton. Board-certified ophthalmologists Jay Starling, MD and Dayna Lago, MD will head the new office, though the practice’s other eye doctors may see patients on an as-needed basis.

The decision to expand has come with the growth of Virginia Eye Consultants. With several patients already located in Virginia Beach, the eye doctors say this was the perfect area to open a new office. They have been seeing patients at the new office since early this year, offering their entire breadth of services available at their other locations as well. From vision correction to advanced treatment of eye conditions, patients can receive care for such concerns as:

  • Cornea and eye infections
  • All-Laser LASIK and PRK
  • Laser cataract surgery with advanced lens options
  • Dry eye disease
  • Glaucoma
  • Diabetic eye disease
  • Tearing
  • And more!

While all services are offered in Virginia Beach, procedures like LASIK and cataract surgery are still performed at the practice’s Ambulatory Surgery Center.

The team is pleased to extend their services to current and future patients in the Virginia Beach area and hopes the new office acts as a more convenient location to those in need of eye care solutions.

About Virginia Eye Consultants

Since 1963, Virginia Eye Consultants has been offering comprehensive subspecialty care with the goal of helping patients with virtually any eye problem. The team of eye care professionals has been specially trained in such areas as all-laser LASIK, laser cataract surgery with LifeStyle Lens® options, oculoplastics/eyelid surgery, dry eye disease, diseases of the retina and vitreous, macular degeneration, diabetic eye disease, uveitis, glaucoma, and eye infections. Their goal is to blend the private practice and academic environment, while performing research in the field of ophthalmology to provide the most advanced, beneficial treatments possible. They are now accepting new patients.

For more information about Virginia Eye Consultations, please visit virginiaeyeconsultants.com and facebook.com/virginiaeyeconsultants.

Contact:

Virginia Eye Consultants

Norfolk Office:
241 Corporate Blvd.
Norfolk, VA 23502
(757) 622-2200

Virginia Beach Office:
2020 General Booth Boulevard
Virginia Beach, VA 23454

Hampton Office:
2101 Executive Drive
Suite 160
Hampton, VA 23666

Suffolk Office:
2463 Pruden Boulevard
Suffolk, VA 23434

Smithfield/Carrollton Office:
20209 Sentara Way
Carrollton, VA 23314

Rosemont Media
(858) 200-0044
www.rosemontmedia.com

Virginia Eye Consultants Opens New Location in Virginia Beach

virginia beach locationAs part of our mission to provide high quality eye care solutions to Northern Virginia, we are proud to announce the recent opening of our new practice location in Virginia Beach! This is the fifth office for Virginia Eye Consultants, with our others located in Norfolk, Hampton, Suffolk, and Carrollton. Although the new office is headed by board-certified ophthalmologists Jay Starling, MD and Dayna Lago, MD, our other experienced eye doctors may see patients on an as-needed basis.

All treatments and services offered at our other locations will be provided in the new office as well. With so many patients already located in Virginia Beach, we are pleased to offer them the convenience of a nearby practice. Our team looks forward to helping both current and new patients through effective vision correction and the treatment of various eye conditions.

Contact us today to schedule your appointment at our Virginia Beach location!

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