Response to the Covid-19 Pandemic

We are once again seeing all patients, but at a limited capacity. Please bring a mask with you to your appointment if at all possible.

Memphis and Shelby County is continuing to phase into reopening during the Covid-19 outbreak. MECA is continuing to follow the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) protocol to best ensure the health and safety of our patients and employees:
• MECA physicians and staff wear masks at all times while in the clinic.
• Patients are asked to bring a mask and wear it while in the building.
• After checking in, patients are asked to wait in the car until it is time for testing or their exam.
• Family/guests are asked to remain outside unless the patient needs assistance.
• Everyone’s temperature is checked on entering the building. If anyone has a temperature, has been in a Covid infected area in the last 14 days, or has been in contact with anyone that has a confirmed diagnosis of coronavirus, they are asked to reschedule their appointment.
• If and when appropriate, the doctor may decide to schedule a telemedicine appointment.
• We are continuing to reschedule surgery for patients whose surgery was postponed earlier in the spring due to the quarantine.

Thank you for your loyalty and patience as we navigate our clinic reopening. As always, our physicians are on call 24 hours a day. If you have a need or concern, please call our office at 901-767-3937

MECA Physicians and Staff

Dry Eye Treatment in Memphis

What is Dry Eye?

Dry Eye Treatment Memphis

Dry eye syndrome is a common condition characterized by an insufficient flow of tears. Tears play an important role in the health and function of the eyes by keeping them properly moisturized and lubricated. Without a sufficient quantity or quality of natural tears, the eyes become dry, itchy and irritated. Dry eye syndrome also increases the risk of bacteria and infection.

The trusted eye doctors at Memphis Eye and Cataract Associates, PLLC have helped thousands of patients find relief from dry eye syndrome. They can work with you to determine the best treatment plan based on the cause and symptoms of your dry eye.

Dry Eye Causes

There are a number of factors that can cause dry eye, including:

  • Environmental factors (e.g., dry air, high temperatures and windy weather)
  • Medications (e.g., antihistamines, oral contraceptives)
  • Age
  • Hormonal changes
  • Autoimmune disorders (e.g., lupus, rheumatoid arthritis)
  • LASIK surgery
  • Cataract surgery
  • Cosmetic eyelid surgery
  • Infrequent blinking (which can often occur while watching TV, reading or working on a computer)
  • Contact lenses
  • Sun exposure

Common Dry Eye Symptoms

Dry eye syndrome has a variety of symptoms that range in severity. Most worsen under certain environmental conditions, including windy weather and lower humidity. Common symptoms include:

  • Burning
  • Redness
  • Itching
  • Stinging sensation
  • Foreign body sensation
  • Eye fatigue
  • Watery eyes (in some cases)
  • Mucous buildup in and/or around the eyes

Treating Dry Eye Syndrome

Treatment for dry eye syndrome largely depends on the root cause and severity of the condition. For instance, if symptoms are a result of wearing contact lenses, environmental factors or side effects of eye surgery, artificial tears may be sufficient to treat the condition. Other treatment options include:

  • Prescription eye drops to reduce inflammation of the cornea
  • Antibiotics to reduce gland-inhibiting inflammation of the Meibomian glands
  • Cholinergic drugs to stimulate tear flow
  • Punctal plugs to prevent tear drainage
  • Dissolvable eye inserts placed between the lower eyelid and eye
  • Omega-3 supplements

Introducing LipiFlow® from TearScience

New Treatment Option for Dry Eye

Memphis Eye and Cataract Associates, PLLC is pleased to offer long-term dry eye relief with the innovative LipiFlow® device from TearScience. Lipiflow® is designed to treat evaporative dry eye, a common type of the condition caused by malfunctioning meibomian glands. Meibomian glands secrete lipids (or oils) to slow the evaporation of tears, keeping the eyes properly lubricated. With evaporative dry eye, the meibomian glands become plugged and are unable to prevent the tears from evaporating too quickly. This, in turn, causes uncomfortable symptoms like itchiness and dryness.

LipiFlow® is a non-invasive device that clears the obstructed glands to promote the natural flow of oils and a healthy tear film. During treatment, the device is placed under and over the eyelids, applying precisely controlled heat and gentle pulsed pressure to soften and open the blocked glands, restoring proper gland function. Treatment with LipiFlow® is non-invasive and takes approximately 12 minutes per eye. Multiple treatment sessions may be needed for severe cases.

LipiFlow® is safe and effective. One clinical study found that approximately 80 percent of patients saw an improvement in their dry eye symptoms within two weeks of treatment.

Get Relief from Dry Eye with Memphis Eye and Cataract Associates, PLLC

To learn more about LipiFlow® or the other treatment options offered at Memphis Eye and Cataract Associates, PLLC, schedule an in-office consultation. Contact our office by calling (901) 767-3937 or (800) 393-7185 today.


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