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Advanced Dry Eye Solutions at Eyellusion Vision Center

Welcome to the forefront of dry eye technology at Eyellusion Vision Center in Woodside. Our commitment to providing innovative solutions for your eye health extends to combating the discomfort and annoyance of dry, irritated eyes. Say goodbye to the constant struggle of managing dry eyes and embrace a new era of relief with our state-of-the-art approaches.

Understanding Dry Eye Syndrome

Dry Eye Syndrome (DES) is more than just a passing inconvenience. It can affect your quality of life and overall eye health. When your eyes don't produce enough tears, or the tears lack essential oils, you can experience symptoms like:

  • Blurriness
  • Burning
  • Dryness
  • Irritation
  • Excessive tearing

At Eyellusion Vision Center, we recognize the impact of DES on your daily activities. Contact us for a solution.

Empowering Technology for Lasting Relief

Our commitment to your eye health led us to embrace cutting-edge technologies targeting dry eyes' root causes, offering long-lasting relief. Discover the remarkable options that can transform your experience:

1. InflammaDry

Your tears contain a natural protein enzyme called matrix metalloproteinase-9 (MMP-9). Patients with dry eye often have elevated levels of MMP-9. Our InflammaDry system can quickly analyze tears from your lower eyelid to measure MMP-9 levels. This painless and efficient process provides results in about 10 minutes right here in our office.

2. LipiFlow

Blocked meibomian glands can contribute to dry eye by inhibiting the production of essential oils. LipiFlow technology takes detailed images of your tear film and applies gentle heat and light pressure to stimulate your eye's natural moisture. This revolutionary treatment is administered in just 12 minutes in our office to relieve blockages and enhance your tear quality.

3. TearLab

Our TearLab device assesses concentration levels in your tears to diagnose DES accurately. By detecting elevated tear concentration levels, we can identify signs of dry eye. The device has a 3-in-1 setup: a test card, pen, and countertop unit. The process is simple and efficient, with test results displayed within seconds.

Personalized Care for Your Needs

At Eyellusion Vision Center, we believe in personalized care tailored to your needs. Our experienced and dedicated team, led by Dr. Seul Ki Lim, is here to guide you through the process and recommend the most suitable dry eye technology based on your condition and preferences.

Say Goodbye to Dry Eyes

Wave off the discomfort of dry, irritated eyes and welcome a new level of relief and comfort with our advanced Dry Eye technology. Contact Eyellusion Vision Center today to schedule a consultation and experience the difference. We aim to help you enjoy clear, comfortable vision and vibrant eye health.

DRY EYE TECHNOLOGY in Woodside, New York

When tears decrease in frequency, Dry Eye is typically the result.


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What is Dry Eye Syndrome?

Dry Eye Syndrome, referred to as DES, is a chronic eye condition that occurs when the eyes produce an insufficient amount of tears or when the tears lack the essential oils that lubricate the eye’s surface. (This often results in watery eyes and excessive tearing!). A well-lubricated eye blocks foreign bodies or substances from irritating the eye’s surface.

Dr. Seul Ki Lim treats patients from all over Woodside, New York who have Dry Eye symptoms, helping them achieve long-lasting relief from Dry Eye Syndrome.

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What Causes Dry Eye?

Dry Eye can result from a number of factors, including genetics, the natural aging process, or prescription medications, to name a few.

Hormonal changes are a common cause of Dry Eye. In fact, women who are pregnant, breastfeeding, taking oral contraceptives, or experiencing menopause find that their eyes feel dry and uncomfortable during these times. Women over the age of 50 have a 50% greater chance of developing DES than men of the same age.

Common Symptoms of Dry Eye

Patients with DES experience a number of symptoms that can disrupt their daily activities or cause chronic pain.

The most common signs of DES include the following:

  • Blurriness
  • Burning
  • Dryness
  • Feeling as if something is in your eye
  • Irritation
  • Itchy eyes
  • Pain
  • Red eyes
  • Stinging
  • Watery eyes

Those who suffer from DES often try to alleviate the pain by blinking either less or more often, rubbing their eyes, or by using over-the-counter artificial tears.

Why is blinking important? Blinking is healthy because it naturally moisturizes the eyes and gets rid of tiny particles that may enter the eye. Less blinking can increase dryness, itching, or redness, making DES symptoms even more acute.

Rubbing your eyes, especially when they’re already irritated, can intensify your symptoms. This is because the added pressure can make the pain worse. If your hands aren’t 100% clean, you can unintentionally spread germs or bacteria into your eyes when you rub them. Rubbing the eyes can also cause tiny blood vessels to break, increasing the redness of your eyes.

Artificial tears provide some temporary relief by lubricating the eyes with a medicated solution. These can be quite effective at alleviating soreness and itchiness, however, excessive use isn’t recommended. Many brands include preservatives, which aren’t good for your health in the long-term. Other preservative-free brands can, over time, fail to relieve the basic Dry Eye symptoms. Patients may find that having to continuously purchase artificial tears can become costly, and consistently using them throughout the day disrupts their daily activities.

Dry Eye Treatments

Typically, DES is treated with medicated eye drops, anti-inflammatory drops, or a heated compress. Occasionally, the doctor may recommend punctal plugs. These are tiny devices that are inserted into the eye’s tear duct, blocking any drainage. This can alleviate DES symptoms by preventing moisture from draining out of the eye, instead keeping them inside the tear duct area. This increases the moisture level, giving longer-term relief. Plus, punctal plugs are not permanent and can be easily removed or replaced, making them a simple, affordable solution to alleviate symptoms.

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Dry Eye Technology

Advancements in medical technology and scientific breakthroughs have made treatment for Dry Eye easier, with quicker results, and longer-lasting benefits. Three of the up-and-coming technologies for DES treatment are InflammaDry, LipiFlow, and TearLab.

Eyellusion Vision Center has some of the most cutting-edge and advanced technologies to quickly and effectively test for Dry Eye Syndrome. Let Dr. Seul Ki Lim and the talented, experienced staff help get you started on the path to real long-term relief from Dry Eye.


Our tears contain a natural protein enzyme called matrix metalloproteinase-9, or MMP-9. Patients with Dry Eye usually have elevated levels of this protein.

The InflammaDry system measures MMP-9 levels by analyzing the tears taken from inside the lower eyelid. The entire process is fast and results are received in about 10 minutes. The disposable test is performed in the office, making it a top choice for doctors and DES patients.


Meibomian glands are located by the eyelashes, towards the edge of the eyelid. These glands secrete oils, which lubricate the eye and keep your tears moist. When the glands become blocked, Dry Eye occurs.

The LipiFlow system takes detailed images of the tear film in the eye, so that the doctor can determine if you have MGD. Then a combination of gentle heat and light pressure are applied on both the inside and outside of the eyelid, removing the blockage and stimulating your eye’s natural moisture. The procedure takes around 12 minutes to administer and is done in the doctor’s office.


The TearLab device measures concentration levels in human tears. This helps diagnose DES by noting any levels of tear concentration that are elevated, which can be a sign of Dry Eye.

TearLab consists of a 3-in-1 device: the test card, test pen, and countertop unit. The test card is a single-use microchip that collects a tiny sample of tear fluid in under 30 seconds. It sits inside the test pen, which analyzes and sends the data t the reader, which is in the unit. The unit rests on a flat surface and displays the test results in seconds.