Dry Eye Treatment
We’re pleased to announce that TrueTear® is now available at Burman & Zuckerbrod Ophthalmology
If you feel like your eyes aren’t making enough tears, our Eye Care Providers and you can decide together if TrueTear® could be right for you. TrueTear® is a device that uses a state-of-the-art technology called neurostimulation to help your eyes temporarily make more of your own tears.
We are excited to be among a select group of practices offering TrueTear®. Contact our office today to schedule a TrueTear® demo during your next appointment.
BlephEx® … The First and Only Doctor Treatment for Dry Eye and Blepharitis
- Over 50% of all patients suffer from some type of dry eye and blepharitis symptoms.
- BlephEx® is a new, in-office procedure that allows your doctor to take an active role in treating dry eye and blepharitis.
- BlephEx® removes excess bacteria, biofilm and bacterial toxins, the main causes of inflammatory dry eye and lid disease.
- With regular treatments, patients finally enjoy a life free from the chronic and irritating symptoms associated with dry eye and blepharitis.
- The BlephEx® treatment is well tolerated and only takes a few minutes to perform.
- BlephEx® can save the patient hundreds of dollars in the costs of prescription drops and artificial tears.
- See your eye doctor for this latest breakthrough in eye care technology and dry eye treatment.
What is Dry Eye/Blepharitis (DEBS)?
Dry Eye/Blepharitis Syndrome (DEBS) is a chronic, inflammatory disease of the eyelids caused by an overgrowth of normal bacteria living along the lid and the base of the eyelashes. Anyone can get DEBS at any age, but the prevalence increases with age and with contact lens wear.
Staphyloccocus aureus and staphyloccocus epidermidis bacteria produce a biofilm that builds up over the years and allows the bacteria to greatly increase their densities. Once the population reaches a certain number, genes activate allowing the bacteria to produce toxins (quorum-sensing gene activation.) These toxins penetrate the eyelid tissue causing low-grade chronic inflammation which adversely affects the quality and quantity of tears being produced.
Since the eyelids are difficult to clean, this overgrowth of bacteria, biofilm, and toxins can worsen over the years, eventually causing significant damage to the eyelid and tear glands.
Now, thanks to BlephEx®, your eye doctor can precisely and safely, clean and exfoliate your eyelids and lashes, which should almost immediately improve your symptoms. More importantly, by completely removing the toxins and biofilm along the lid margin, your doctor helps you avoid long-term inflammatory damage to your tear glands, helping to treat or prevent chronic dry eye syndrome. The treatment only takes a few minutes and is well tolerated. Regular treatments can effectively result in a cure of dry eye disease in many patients.
BlephEx™ is a new, in-office procedure that allows your doctor to take an active role in treating blepharitis. BlephEx™ removes scurf, biofilm and bacterial exotoxins, the main causes of inflammatory lid disease, thereby improving the health of the eyelid. BlephEx™ treats blepharitis, MGD, and dry eye in a painless and efficient manner.
Eye Ergonomics Tips
- Sit about 25 inches, or arm’s length, from the computer screen. Position the screen so your eye gaze is slightly downward.
- Many devices now have glass screens with considerable glare. Reduce glare by using a matte screen filter if needed.
- Take regular breaks using the “20-20-20” rule: every 20 minutes, shift your eyes to look at an object at least 20 feet away, for at least 20 seconds.
- Use artificial tears to refresh your eyes when they feel dry. Consider using a humidifier.
- If a screen is much brighter than the surrounding light, your eyes have to work harder to see. Adjust your room lighting and try increasing the contrast on your screen to reduce eye strain.
Hospital & Surgery Center Affiliations
Should you require surgery, our board certified ophthalmologists are affiliated with the following hospitals:
- St. John Health System
- Beaumont/Oakwood Health System
- Cataract Specialty Surgery Center – Berkley
- Detroit Medical Center
- LASER Institute of Michigan
- St. Joseph Mercy Hospital
Information For New Patients
Please note that a complete eye examination may take up to two hours. A trained ophthalmic tech will do a preliminary screening and take a complete health history. The examination will be done entirely by one of our board certified ophthalmologists who may recommend additional testing based on his/her findings. When you come to your appointment please remember to bring eye glasses or contact lenses if you wear them, a complete list of your current medications, the name of your physician who may have referred you to us so that we may send a prompt written report to maintain continuity of care, a driver’s license for identification purposes, all current insurance information and a referral form if applicable.
Insurance and Payments
In order to keep our costs down, payment is expected at the time that services are rendered. You will be responsible for co-pays, deductibles, and fees not covered by your insurance. We accept cash, check, VISA, Discover, American Express, and CareCredit. Our billing associates will be glad to assist you. Please note that it is your responsibility to know the terms of your insurance benefits. We are participating providers for most of the current health insurance plans.