Somers Eye Center Dry Eye Treatments

Dry eye or chronic dry eye is a condition in which there are insufficient tears to lubricate and nourish the eye. Tears are necessary for maintaining the health of the surface of the eye and for providing clear vision. People with dry eye either do not produce enough tears or have poor quality tears. With each blink of the eyelids, tears are spread across the front surface of the eye, known as the cornea. Tears provide lubrication, reduce the risk of eye infection, wash away foreign matter in the eye, and keep the surface of the eyes smooth and clear.


Symptoms of Dry eye include:

  • redness

  • itchiness

  • gritty feeling in the eyes.

  • painful irritation


Do you have symptoms of dry eyes?  Is your Dry Eye itchy, gritty, or painful?  Somers Eye Center’s dry eye specialist near you have natural dry eye treatments and other dry eye treatments customized for you.


Lipiflow Dry Eye Treatment

LipiFlow is a treatment device specifically designed for effectively removing blockages from the meibomian glands, allowing them to properly function and produce the oils that make up the top protective lipid layer of the tear film. Supported by 37 patents and used around the world by leading eye care professionals, LipiFlow is fast becoming the standard of care for MGD with studies demonstrating its safe and effective results. LipiFlow was designed to minimize patient discomfort during a 12 minute in-office treatment that most patients describe as a gently massaging of the eyelids.

LipiFlow activators are single-use sterile devices that safely and comfortably deliver automated therapeutic energies to the Meibomian glands, while protecting the delicate structures of the patient’s eye. The activators are specifically designed to be placed under and over the eye lids and are contoured above the cornea, so that the activators themselves avoid contact with the core eye surface.  The placement of the activators on the eyes and treatment is a simple process that is done with minimal discomfort, on average.

Once the activators are placed on the eyes, treatment begins. The LipiFlow activator delivers a combination of heat and gentle pressure to the inner lids using what is called Vectored Thermal Pulse (VTP), with a simultaneous therapeutic motion on the outer lid.  This unique combination of patented vectored heat and gentle adaptive pressure safely removes gland obstruction or old gland content. The entire treatment takes 12 minutes and, as normal gland function recovers, maximum results are usually experienced 6-8 weeks after treatment.

When LipiFlow treatment is properly applied, the glands can resume normal oil production or what is known as lipids. This oil is essential for a healthy tear film and for protecting the tear layer or watery layer of your eyes.  When the water layer is exposed due to lack of oils on the top of the tear film due to Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD) or gland blockages, the result is the leading cause of Dry Eye Symptoms.

For patients diagnosed with chronic dry eye problems like the MGD (meibomian gland dysfunction), don’t prolong your discomfort of having excessive dryness in your eyes. LipiFlow® is a non-invasive technology used by Somers Eye Center to unclog the blocked meibomian glands and provide relief to the pressure building in the eyes. This technology is viewed as safe and is FDA approved. Current price for this procedure is $849.  With approval through CareCredit patients can pay as little as $70.25 per month Interest free for 12 months.

TearCare Personalized Dry Eye System


TearCare is an open-eye procedure designed to target the underlying cause of evaporative dry eye. By applying heat directly to the eyelid, TearCare melts the blockage within your Meibomian glands. Your doctor then gently presses the eyelid to clear melted meibum. TearCare is personalized to the unique shape of your eyes. Patients have reported that the warmth during the procedure is comfortable.  To learn more about the TearCare procedure, watch this video tutorial.

TearCare includes two flexible eyelid devices, which the Doctor will place on your upper and lower eyelids. They’re made of a soft, flexible material that conform to your eye’s natural shape and sit comfortably throughout the procedure. Unlike other treatment methods, TearCare allows the patient’s eyes to remain open and blinking throughout the procedure.

The entire process typically lasts for 12 ½ minutes. After TearCare, your eye doctor may manually clear away obstructions released from the meibomian glands.  TearCare is a safe and effective treatment method. The two eyelid devices contain temperature sensors that communicate with the smart hub multiple times per second, ensuring an even delivery of heat to the meibomian glands. The device, controlled by computer software, is customizable and safely monitored throughout the entire process.  It may take as little as one treatment for Dry Eye Relief but multiple treatments may be needed.  A Single Treatment of TearCare is $549.  Packages of 4 Treatments is $1650. 

AB Max Eyelid Scrub

Most people have their teeth professionally cleaned every six months to remove all of the plaque (bacteria) and tartar from their teeth – even though they brush/clean their teeth every day. The same level of care should be provided for patients with Anterior Blepharitis by having your eyelids professionally cleaned by your eye doctor or lid hygienist. Removing all of the scurf and bacteria can prevent long term, debilitating eye disease and maintain healthy eyelids to promote overall eye health. AB Max™ is a new, in-office procedure that allows your eye doctor to treat Anterior Blepharitis. With our Patent Pending Pulse mode, the procedure reduces scurf and bacterial debris which are the main causes of eyelid inflammation and lid disease.

With AB Max™, your doctor or lid hygienist will thoroughly eliminate the scurf and bacterial debris that has built up along your anterior eyelid margins which is one of the leading causes of inflammatory lid diseases like Anterior Blepharitis. Finally, your doctor will finish your Anterior Blepharoexfoliation procedure with the AB Max™ Patent Pending PULSE technology to gently massage your outer eyelid margins, which will help reduce or alleviate the debilitating and chronic symptoms. Treatments are typically repeated at regular intervals depending on the severity of your disease. After a few treatments, patients can then begin to start producing more of their own tears and start enjoying a life free of chronic, irritating symptoms caused by Anterior Blepharitis.  Treatments are $85