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What is Dry Eye Disease or Ocular Surface Disease?

Even without knowing the term “Dry Eye Disease” or “Ocular Surface Disease”, if you suffer from it, then you are all too familiar with the soreness, discomfort, and constant misery that can come with dry or inflamed eyes.

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Lasting & Effective Dry Eye Treatment

Our dry eye program works like therapy, where we aren't simply prescribing a quick medication, but rather we want to create an individualized solution for each patient. Prior to administering any treatment, we need to get to the root cause in order to offer the most adequate treatment possible.

Because of the variety of treatments that can help relieve dry eye symptoms, a dry eye examination is essential to know what treatment to start. For example, prescription drops like Restasis or Xiidra may help relieve inflammatory tear deficiency, while mild cases of dry eye can benefit from non-prescription treatments including heat masks, lid scrubs, gland debridement, artificial tears, or nutritional supplements among others.

What Is Dry Eye?


Dry Eye Disease can range from a mild irritant to chronic problem. The symptoms of Dry Eye Disease may include:

  • Dry, irritated, or red eyes
  • Excessive tearing/watery eyes
  • Inflammation
  • Sore or sensitive eyes
  • Itchiness
  • Burning or inflammation
  • A gritty or pasty feeling in the eyelids
  • Crusty or gunky eyes
  • Blurred Vision

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What Causes Dry Eye?


Dry eyes or Dry Eye Disease is a multifactorial condition that can have multiple causes but tends to share common symptoms. Dr. Sarah DiPonio-Tulchinsky will use the latest technology to assess the cause of your dry eye symptoms in order to provide the best possible care.

  • Poor Tear Quality
  • Meibomian Gland Disorder
  • Blepharitis
  • Poor Tear Volume
  • Age and Gender
  • Environmental Factors & Irritants
  • Contact Lenses
  • Medical Conditions
  • Lifestyle
  • Medications

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Diagnostic Equipment And Tools
For Dry Eye


Progressive Family Eye Care, PLLC uses the latest diagnostic equipment and tools to quickly and accurately pinpoint the cause and type of dry eye problem you’re suffering from. We don’t just throw any old drops at you either.

We provide custom treatment plans designed to maximize the relief of your dry eye symptoms AND treat the underlying cause of your discomfort.

Fortunately, our staff can bring relief and healing from Dry Eyes to patients from Michigan. Dr. Sarah DiPonio-Tulchinsky at Progressive Family Eye Care, PLLC can treat Dry Eye Disease, from mild to severe. Whether it’s an occasional irritant or a debilitating daily problem, we can help.

How Can I Improve My Lifestyle To Prevent and Treat Dry Eye Disease?


There are many ways to treat dry eyes. We recommend that you prevent dry eye symptoms before they begin and address lifestyle factors that may be aggravating an existing condition.

Blink a lot, drink plenty of fluids and avoid eye irritants. Maintain a healthy lifestyle with a focus on vitamins like Omega 3. Make sure to use lubricating eye drops if you are taking medication that puts you at risk for dry eyes. Over the counter eye drops for dry eye are widely available.

20/20/20 Rule

During prolonged computer or digital device use, make sure to take a short break every 20 minutes to look at an object 20 feet away for 20 seconds.

Keep Hydrated

Drink enough water. Women need at least 91 oz. of water a day and men need even more. Insufficient water intake can directly contribute to a reduced supply of tears, particularly in hot and dry climates.

Healthy diet and Omega 3

A healthy diet is essential for maintaining optimal health. Omega 3 fatty acids have been shown to help maintain good vision and eye health, as well as decrease dry eyes symptoms.

Fish and flax are good natural sources of Omega 3 fatty acids, and are available in tablet/supplement form. There are supplements specifically made for dry eyes. These usually consist of Omega 3 with DHA from flaxseed oil, and include vitamin C, vitamin E, Vitamin B6, magnesium, and a variety of other vitamins specifically formulated for patients with this eye condition.

Lumenis OptiLight Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Technology for Dry Eye

During treatment, the light absorbed generates heat in the dermal layer of the skin, which melts meibum secretions, breaks apart chalazions/styes, and helps open the meibomian glands, making it easier to express stagnant meibum from the glands.

Contact Us to Receive Dry Eye Relief


  • Prescription Eye Drops
  • Restasis vs. Xiidra vs. Tyrvaya
  • Lid Hygiene

If you’re seeking relief for your dry eyes, Dr. Sarah DiPonio-Tulchinsky can help. Progressive Family Eye Care, PLLC services patients from Plymouth and throughout Michigan.

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Serving Dry Eye Patients from:

Plymouth and throughout Michigan