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Punctal Plugs

If you suffer from dry, burning, irritated or itchy eyes, you may have dry eye syndrome. Dry eye syndrome is a condition where your eyes either don’t produce enough tears or produce low-quality tears that can’t keep your eyes adequately hydrated. Sometimes the meibomian glands, which produce the oily layer of your tears, found inside your eyelid don’t function properly or are blocked, causing your tears to dry out.

If your tear ducts are blocked, your eye doctor may suggest punctal plugs.

What Are Punctal Plugs?

Punctal plugs are small devices that are inserted into the tear ducts — the puncta — of the eyelids. Another type of plug is inserted into the tear duct, the canaliculus, at a deeper level.

Puncta are small openings in your eyes that drain tears. The plug, which is about the size of a grain of rice, prevents fluid from flowing from the eyes. This ensures that the maximum amount of tears remain on the eyes at all times, resulting in less itching, burning, and redness.

Two Types of Punctal Plugs

Temporary/dissolving plugs

Temporary/dissolving plugs are made of a material, such as collagen, that the body absorbs over time. These plugs can last anywhere from a few days to several months in the eye. After refractive surgery, such as LASIK, temporary plugs are frequently used to keep the eye moist. They can also be used to test out punctal plugs to see if they provide dry eye relief.

Semi-permanent plugs

Semi-permanent plugs are composed of medical plastic, such as silicone or acrylic, that lasts longer. These plugs are made to stay in the eye for years. Your eye doctor can remove them, if necessary.

Another sort of semi-permanent punctal plug is inserted in the canaliculus, which is a deeper section of the tear duct. Once in the eye, these plugs are completely invisible.

How Are Punctal Plugs Inserted?

Your eye doctor will first inspect your eye to determine the optimum type and size of plug for your eyes.

Anesthesia may be used to numb your tear ducts. However, in some cases, you may not need to have your eyes numbed. As the punctal plug is inserted into your eyelid, you may feel some pressure.

After the plugs are inserted, you should be able to resume your normal activities at once.

When and How are Punctal Plugs Removed?

How to remove the plugs and when will depend on which plugs are inserted.

To remove silicon plugs from the tear ducts, your eye doctor will use forceps to gently pull the plugs out. Another option for removing these plugs is to use a saltwater solution to flush them out. The plugs are forced out of the tear ducts and into the nose or throat during this procedure.

Surgery is usually required to remove plugs that are deeper in the tear duct (in the canaliculus).

For most people, punctal plugs don’t cause any problems. However, if you have any eye pain, itchiness, or fear you have an infection, contact your eye doctor right away. The eye doctor will examine your eyes and remove the plugs if necessary.

Are Punctal Plugs for You?

Consult your eye doctor if artificial tears or other eye drops have failed to relieve your dry eye symptoms. If blocked tear glands are the culprit, your doctor might advise you to try punctal plugs. For more information regarding punctal plugs contact Bright Eyes Family Eye Care Dry Eye Center today!

Bright Eyes Family Eye Care Dry Eye Center serves patients from Meridian, Collinsville, Marion, and Enterprise, Mississippi and surrounding communities.

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What is MiBo Thermoflo?

Nearly millions of people around the globe are suffering from chronic dry eye syndrome—and the number is only growing.

One of the most common complaints we get from patients is dry eye syndrome. It occurs when eyes are not properly lubricated due to insufficient tear production, blocked glands, or unbalanced tear composition. If you’re suffering from red, irritated, and scratchy eyes, MiBo Thermoflo can offer you the relief you seek.

What is Mibo Thermoflo?

The MiBo Thermoflo is a therapeutic device that delivers consistent and comfortable heat to the meibomian glands in the eyelids. These glands produce the vital oil for the tears, and the heat helps to unblock the glands to allow the easy flow of oils from the eyelid into the tears. The oils in the tears help improve the tear film and to preserve tears by limiting tear evaporation.

What to Expect During MiBo Thermoflo Treatment

To help manage dry eye symptoms, MiBo therapy uses thermoelectric radiation. The MiBo eye pads emit a therapeutic temperature of 108 degrees, which helps to liquefy the oils in your tears and also unblocks the oil-producing glands in the eyelids, enhancing the function of the meibomian glands.

If you wear contact lenses and makeup, you will be asked to remove them before starting the treatment to ensure proper heat absorption. An ultrasound gel will be applied to the MiBo eye pads, which will be placed on your eyelids. While your eyes are closed, you may feel a slight pressure as your eyelids are massaged with the eye pads. The session usually lasts for about 8 minutes per eye.

Once the MiBo procedure is completed, your eye doctor will inspect your glands. To ensure that your glands are clear and secreting clear lipids, they may need to express the meibomian glands.

MiBo Thermoflo Is A Safe Alternative to Other Treatments

Studies have found MiBo Thermoflo to be effective in treating meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) and other ocular surface problems. It is less invasive than other treatments for dry eye problems and is low risk for corneal distortions, a common complication with other eyelid therapies.

If you suffer from dry eye syndrome or other ocular surface diseases, MiBo Thermoflo may be an effective treatment option. Contact Bright Eyes Family Eye Care Dry Eye Center to learn whether MiBo treatment is right for you and can help give you and your eyes the relief you need.

Bright Eyes Family Eye Care Dry Eye Center serves patients from Meridian, Collinsville, Marion, and Enterprise, all throughout Mississippi .

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Thera Pearl Eye Mask For Dry Eyes

Thera Pearl Eye Mask For Dry Eyes

Even if you’ve slept a full 8 hours the night before, having dry or puffy eyes in the morning can make you look and feel exhausted. The Thera Pearl eye mask from Bausch & Lomb is a rejuvenating dry eye remedy that feels like a trip to the spa with every use. If you suffer from mild to moderate dry eye symptoms, puffy, or red eyes, the Thera Pearl eye mask can provide relief and be used in conjunction with other treatments.

What is Dry Eye Syndrome?

Dry eye syndrome occurs when the eyes aren’t properly lubricated, either due to insufficient or low-quality tears. Some symptoms of dry eye include:

  • Red, itchy eyes
  • Watery eyes
  • Photophobia (light sensitivity)
  • Stinging or burning eye sensation
  • Eye fatigue
  • Blurred vision
  • Difficulty wearing contacts
  • A feeling that something is stuck in the eye

If you suspect you have dry eye, contact us today. Dr. Tracy Phillips will examine and thoroughly assess the source of these reactions, and determine whether Thera Pearl is the right treatment for you.

Thera Pearl Eye MaskInnovative Technology For Dry Eye Relief

The innovative technology behind the Thera Pearl eye mask allows it to have both a hot or cold setting for targeted relief. The tiny pearls in the mask are made to absorb and deliver soothing heat or coolness as needed. The mask covers the entire eye and upper nose area for maximum relief. It’s simple to use and easy to clean.

How Do I Use the Thera Pearl Eye Mask?

To use the Thera Pearl eye mask in its cold setting, simply place it in the freezer for 2 hours and then lay it over the closed eyelids for no more than 20 minutes. Remove the mask and wait at least 20 minutes before re-applying. Use the cold mask to provide soothing relief for puffy and tired eyes or to alleviate headaches.

To heat the Thera Pearl eye mask, place it in a microwave for 10-15 seconds, and keep heating it in 5-second increments until it reaches the desired temperature. Once removed from the microwave, test the temperature of the mask before placing over the eyes, and then lay it over your closed eyelids for no more than 20 minutes at a time. Use the heated mask to provide comfort for dry eye and blepharitis, or to assuage styes and nasal congestion.

Make sure to gently clean the eye mask using a mild soap after every use.

Should I Use the Thera Pearl Eye Mask?

The Thera Pearl eye mask is made with non-toxic materials and is free of latex, BPA, and lead, making it the perfect choice for people with sensitive skin or eyes. If you are experiencing any dry eye-related discomfort, we recommend you get assessed for dry eye treatment by Dr. Tracy Phillips.

Bright Eyes Family Eye Care Dry Eye Center treats patients with dry eye from Meridian, Collinsville, Marion, Enterprise, and throughout Mississippi .

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Eye Drops for Dry Eyes

Eye Drops for Dry Eyes: Why You Should See Your Eye Doctor

Effectively managing a health condition like dry eye syndrome (DES) requires a thorough diagnostic and treatment process. So why do so many people find themselves pacing up and down the eye drop aisle at their local drug store, searching for yet another eye drop to ease their symptoms?

Knowing exactly what’s causing your symptoms and how to treat the condition at its source is the only way to attain long-lasting relief. At Bright Eyes Family Eye Care Dry Eye Center, we do more than just treat the symptoms — we determine the underlying cause of your DES.

Do You Have Dry Eye Syndrome?

DES is a progressive eye condition that affects over 20 million North Americans annually. It is caused by either poor tear quality or insufficient tears.

The most common cause of poor tear quality is a condition called Meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD), a blockage of the meibomian glands — the tiny glands at the edge of the eyelids that secrete an oily film into your tears..

Some medical conditions that can cause decreased tear production include Sjogren’s syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, scleroderma, thyroid conditions, and lupus. Aging and a vitamin A deficiency can also lower tear production.

Symptoms of DES range from mildly uncomfortable to debilitating, and can include:

  • Red eyes
  • Dry eyes
  • Painful or irritated eyes
  • Watery eyes
  • Light sensitivity
  • Itchy eyes
  • Fatigued eyes
  • Burning eyes
  • Blurred vision

DES can make it difficult for the eye to flush out foreign bodies, so sand, grit and allergens sometimes get stuck in the eye.

Why Do People Use Over-the-Counter (OTC) Eye Drops?

beautiful eyesGiven how uncomfortable dry eye symptoms can be, it’s not surprising that dry eye sufferers seek relief in over-the-counter drops. People with DES may not realize that they should visit their eye doctor and not search for solutions on their own.

Some eye doctors recommend using OTC eye drops to temporarily treat mild symptoms until the condition naturally heals. For example, after an eye injury or surgery, many find that lubricating eye drops soothe the eyes and provide moisture.

But not all eye drops are created equal. People with mild to moderate cases of DES who seek relief from OTC solutions may be choosing the wrong types of drops or dosage for their eyes.

The three main categories of non-prescription eye drops are:

  • Lubricating eye drops/artificial tears
  • Antihistamine eye drops
  • Redness-reducing eye drops

Masking a mild case of DES by using redness-reducing eye drops (also called decongestant eye drops) won’t address the underlying source of the redness. In fact, decongestant eye drops have been shown to exacerbate DES symptoms in the long run.

What’s more, your eyes can eventually become desensitized to the effects of OTC eye drops after repeated use. This eventually leads people back to the drugstore in search of even stronger eye drops, perpetuating the never-ending “eye drop cycle.”

End the Vicious Eye Drop Cycle

Experiencing continual eye irritation indicates the need for professional eye care. An optometrist will isolate the cause of your DES and use their expertise to solve the problem. New technologies are now available at dry eye optometrists to provide even more effective solutions.

Even if you have a mild case of dry eye syndrome, now is the perfect time to start treatment, before symptoms worsen. If you’ve sought help in the past but were told nothing else could be done to treat your eye condition, speak with Dr. Tracy Phillips about the latest and most effective dry eye treatments.

If you’re ready to end the cycle of buying over the counter eye drops without lasting relief, contact Dr. Tracy Phillips for a dry eye evaluation.

Bright Eyes Family Eye Care Dry Eye Center serves patients from Meridian, Collinsville, Marion, Enterprise, and throughout Mississippi .

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TempSure® Envi for Dry Eye


Cynosure’s TempSure Envi technology heats deep into the skin to regenerate collagen and effectively treat Dry Eye, as well as reduce the appearance of forehead wrinkles, frown lines, crow’s feet, and smile lines. Request Dry Eye treatments in Meridian, Mississippi .

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What Is TempSure Envi?

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As we age, our bodies can’t generate collagen as fast as it used to. As a result, wrinkles and fine lines form leaving you with smile lines, crow’s feet, and other bothersome creases. TempSure Envi is a new radiofrequency treatment that minimizes wrinkles and fine lines, tightens skin* and improves the appearance of cellulite.

It’s safe for all skin types and levels of sun exposure, so it fits perfectly into any beauty maintenance routine, any time of year! There’s no surgery, no needles, and no downtime so you can immediately get back to what you were doing and look great doing it!

How TempSure Envi Works

TempSure Envi delivers radiofrequency to gently heat your skin. Increasing your skins’ temperature for a defined, therapeutic time will trigger your body’s natural reaction to produce new collagen. The new collagen fibers are tight and dense leaving you with beautiful, younger-looking skin!

Cynosure’s TempSure Envi technology heats deep into the skin to regenerate collagen and reduce the appearance of forehead wrinkles, frown lines, crow’s feet, and smile lines. Other indications include hair epilation, telangiectasia, and Emilia.

It's also become a great tool to reduce dry eye symptoms!

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What can I expect?

The TempSure Envi treatment is delivered using handpieces that have been carefully designed to safely deliver radiofrequency energy into delicate areas, where your skin has become thinner during the natural aging process. This includes (but is not limited to) forehead lines, frown lines, crow’s feet, smile lines, wrinkles, and cellulite on the body. TempSure Envi has been known to give you an instant glow resulting in a smoother appearance and younger-looking skin.

TempSure Envi is a comfortable, safe treatment that doesn’t have any downtime. Patients have reported that it feels similar to a relaxing hot stone massage. You might have slight redness after the procedure which is caused by your skin’s elevated temperatures during the treatment and will subside soon afterwards.

You will be able to return to your normal day-to-day activities immediately after your treatment.

Taking the guesswork out of Radio Frequency (RF)

Therapeutic Logic Control (TLC) activates a timer when tissue has reached therapeutic temperature, allowing for proper delivery of RF every time.

Treatments are safe for all skin types, and 96% of patients described TempSure as comfortable.

  • Best-in-class temperature sensing with up to 100x faster response time than the competition
  • Safe, consistent and reliable RF skin tightening* treatments in any practitioner’s
  • Powerful 300W generator with 4MHz RF delivery supports future applications.
  • Three handpiece sizes ranging from 10mm to 20mm for customizable treatments
  • Soothing spa tones delivered during treatment for enhanced patient satisfaction

Over the course of a few treatments, not only can skin texture improve to a more youthful appearance, but when applied around the eyes by an eye doctor, a patient will experience less inflammation, redness, and irritation around the eyes.

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Scleral Lenses for Dry Eye Syndrome

Scleral Lenses for Dry Eye Syndrome

Those with dry eye syndrome (DES) suffer from eyes that feel dry, itchy, uncomfortable, irritated and at times very painful. Eye drops and artificial tears can deliver relief but are no more than a temporary solution. Eventually, patients with chronic dry eyes seek out more durable methods of treatment.

Scleral lenses are an excellent solution due to their large shape, unique features, and customized fitting for each patient. Though generally used to treat corneal irregularities and refractive errors, scleral lenses can also provide immense relief to dry eye patients.

Scleral lenses tackle three factors simultaneously: they provide vision correction, they protect the eye, and they serve a therapeutic purpose by lubricating the eye. Scleral lenses decrease pain, discomfort, eye redness, and itchiness while providing sharp, clear vision.

What Are Scleral Lenses?

Cornea With Scleral Lens 1280×853Scleral lenses provide relief and visual rehabilitation to patients with dry eyes and corneal irregularities. These custom designed lenses vault over the cornea and rest on the sclera while avoiding the cornea. The liquid reservoir between the lens and the cornea provides a continuous moist environment that protects the cornea and provides relief for those with dry eyes.

Because these lenses are oxygen permeable, they provide the wearer with better comfort and a healthy cornea. In fact, their ability to transmit oxygen reduces eye problems, such as dry eyes, caused by diminished oxygen transmission to the cornea, which is common among most soft lens’ brands or hard (non-GP) lenses.

If you have Dry Eyes and are interested in scleral lenses, Dr. Tracy Phillips can help. Experienced in fitting scleral lenses for dry eyes and other corneal conditions, Bright Eyes Family Eye Care Dry Eye Center serves patients from all over Meridian, Collinsville, Marionand Enterprise, in the state of Mississippi .

Why Scleral Lenses Offer Relief to Those with Dry Eye Syndrome

Contact Lenses You Can Wear With Dry Eyes

Traditional soft contact lenses are not an option for those with dry eyes, as the lenses sit right on the cornea, which can be very irritating for dry eye patients. Moreover, they tend to act as sponges, soaking up the moisture from the surface of the eye. Wearing soft contact lenses can, therefore, prove to be virtually unbearable for the dry eye patient.

Scleral lenses, on the other hand, are comfortable since they vault over the cornea and rest on the sclera, thus avoiding the sensitive cornea.

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Scleral Lenses Provide Continuous Eye Hydration

The zone between the surface of the cornea and the scleral lens is filled with a saline solution. This acts as a constant source of hydration for the eye and provides ongoing relief for the dry eye patient.

Scleral Lenses Soothe and Protect the Cornea

People with dry eyes tend to have sensitive corneas that are prone to injury. The simple act of blinking can irritate the eye or even injure the cornea due to the mechanical friction of the eyelids on the cornea. Scleral lenses prevent damage to the cornea by shielding the patient’s eyes from the friction caused by blinking and protecting it from any external irritants or dust.

If you struggle with dry eye syndrome and have been looking for a more effective treatment method beyond eyedrops and artificial tears, ask Dr. Tracy Phillips about scleral lenses. We will patiently assess and explain your condition to you, and will perform a specialized, scleral lens custom-fitting to ensure that you receive the best fit for optimal visual clarity and comfort.

Call Bright Eyes Family Eye Care Dry Eye Center today to schedule your consultation today. We help patients from the Meridian, Collinsville, Marion, and Enterprise, in the Mississippi area enjoy great vision and comfort with scleral lenses.


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Hot Compress Eye Masks For Effective & Rapid Dry Eye Relief

If you are suffering from mild to moderate dry eye symptoms, such as itchy and gritty eyes, this low tech solution may be just what you need. Hot compress eye masks are easy to use and a natural way to treat blepharitis, meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD), and specifically – chronic dry eye disease.

What Is Dry Eye Disease?

Dry eye disease (DES) is a condition where the eyes chronically feel dry, irritated, and uncomfortable. This is due to either insufficient or poor quality tears. Other symptoms include:

  • Watery eyes – the eyes may overproduce tears to compensate for the lack of lubrication
  • Red eyes
  • Fatigued eyes
  • Sore or achy eyes
  • Blurred vision
  • Photophobia (light sensitivity)

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms and suspect you may have dry eye, speak with Dr. Tracy Phillips about the latest dry eye treatments available. Hot compress eye masks are one of the recommended methods for relieving dry eye.

How Does A Hot Compress Eye Mask Provide Dry Eye Relief?

A hydrating hot compress eye mask contains special beads that continuously absorb and store water molecules from the air. When the mask is warmed up in the microwave, the clean, natural moist heat immediately begins to provide soothing relief for your eyes. A heated eye mask helps stabilize the tear film, improves oil gland function, and slows tear evaporation.

After using the mask, your hydrated and lubricated eyes will be able to expel bacteria and debris more efficiently so your eyes feel refreshed and rejuvenated. The heat from the mask also helps unblock meibomian glands and produce more tears.

Contact Dr. Tracy Phillips to discuss your dry eye symptoms and to determine whether hot compress eye masks are the right treatment for you.

Bright Eyes Family Eye Care Dry Eye Center serves patients in Meridian, Collinsville, Marion, Enterprise, and throughout Mississippi .


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Do You Suffer From Dry Eye?

Do you have teary or watery eyes?
Burning, itchiness, or a sandy feeling around your eyelids?
Constantly rubbing them in the morning or after working on the computer?

You might have dry eye syndrome. Contact us for effective and lasting treatment.

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What Is Dry Eye Syndrome? (DES)

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Our eyes need tears to nourish, sustain and lubricate our eyes. DES, which is usually caused by insufficient tears or poor quality tears, leaves our eyes parched. This results in a variety of unpleasant symptoms, such as itchy, red, and sore eyes.

Many people suffer from this chronic syndrome without realizing that it can permanently harm their eyes. Because this is a progressive condition, it is critical to get treatment before symptoms exacerbate to the point that it harms the cornea. Without treatment or proper medication, DES often worsens over time.

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What Causes Dry Eyes?

While over eighty percent (80%) of dry eye cases are due to blocked oil glands in the eyelids — a condition called meibomian gland dysfunction or evaporative dry eye — many other factors can cause this syndrome. These include:

Gender – the majority of dry eye sufferers are women. This tends to be caused by hormonal changes, whether through the use of contraceptives, pregnancy or menopause.

Age there’s a higher prevalence of DES in those over 50 years of age

Environment – dry wind, dry air and dry climates can evaporate the tears. Home and car heaters, air conditioners, fans and hair dryers also cause tears to evaporate.

Medication – these include antidepressants, decongestants and blood pressure medications.

Auto-immune disorders – Sjogren’s disease and arthritis, among others.

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How Do I Know If I Have Dry Eye Syndrome?

Do any of these symptoms seem familiar?

  • Gritty, itchy, or stinging eyes
  • Excessive tearing and discharge
  • Eyes that feel tired or dry
  • Increased light sensitivity
  • Regularly using eye drops
  • Discomfort that worsens as the day progresses

Suffering from dry eye syndrome not only diminishes your quality of life but also makes daily activities such as reading, doing sports, or driving a struggle.

Think you have dry eye syndrome? Get to the root of your eye discomfort by contacting us today.

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Excessively watery eyes may signal the presence of dry eye disease. While this might seem paradoxical, it is a common symptom of dry eye. Dry eyes can cause your eyes to produce too many tears in order to make up for tears that evaporate too quickly due to a problem with your eyelid glands. You might also have watery eyes if your tear ducts are fully or partially blocked.

medical-plus medical-plus Is There a Cure for Dry Eye Disease?

While there is no cure for this condition, topical steroids, punctal plugs, and other treatment methods can provide long-term relief, so that your dependence on eye drops is diminished and symptoms are significantly reduced. For more information, visit our Dry Eye Treatment Page

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Healthy eyes need to remain lubricated. A dry ocular surface can lead to eye abrasions and erosions, which may — in severe cases — result in eye ulcers and reduced vision. While most people with dry eyes reduce discomfort by using lubricants, drops, and ointment, the relief is only temporary and doesn't address the root problem. Contact us for effective and lasting dry eye treatment today.

While nearly every eye doctor provides dry eye services, making the decision to find a dry eye professional that much more difficult, we encourage you to contact us for a phone consultation.

We’re happy to share with you information about our dry eye program, and the type of results we’ve provided other patients for significant lasting improvements within a relatively short period of time. Contact us to find out how we can help you relieve your dry eye symptoms and start managing your eye health successfully, today.

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