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Natural Dry Eye Treatment and Meibomian Gland Dysfunction protocol.

Dr. Michael Lange in front of The Lange Eye Institute in The Villages Florida, home of the dry eye!  Natural Dry Eye Treatment and Meibomian Gland Dysfunction by Dr Michael Lange  11/27/2014 Meibomian Gland Dysfunction and Dry Eye Treatment can be accomplished naturally without the use of any drugs or surgery.  Dr Michael Lange of Lange Eye Care and The  Lange Eye Institute has been using an all natural approach for this condition  for over 20 years with huge success.    Dr.  Lange says if these steps are explained in detail to the patient and are followed carefully a vast improvement in dry eye and Meibomian gland dysfunction will be a result. Michael Lange OD, CNS is one of a select group of eye care providers that is a certified nutrition specialist as well. Dr. Lange is involved in the research and development of nutritional supplements for eye care and whole body wellness. Dr Michael Lange founded Lange Eye care and Associates 3/15/1993 and has grown to 10 locations in Florida. The Lange Eye institute in the Villages Florida is one of the largest Nutrition oriented eye care centers in the country . The Lange Eye Institute is the home to many nutritional omega index studies, beta-carotene/lutein absorption studies and spectracell nutritional studies. Dr.Lange is constantly searching for better natural ways to help his patients. The Lange Eye Institute in The Villages Florida embraces the latest in nutritional, surgical, medical and optical treatments to help their patients. The following 6 steps will help doctors and patients in their quest to improve dry eye and Meibomian gland dysfunction. These six steps if followed will possibly eliminate even the dryest of eye conditions.  The goal is to make the body work to its fullest potential. 1. Nutrition for dry eyes is the most important step in natural dry eye treatment. The majority of Americans are deficient in omega 3 with an Omega index score around 4 . Omega index is the ratio of omega 6 to omega 3 in blood. Omega index should be over 8 to gain the therapeutic health benefits. Take a good triglyceride form omega 3 fish oil with a minimum of 1500 mg of omega 3. Fortifeye Super Omega is many doctors choice for dry eye. The correct dosage of omega 3 will reduce inflammation in the Meibomian glands and improve the tear production. Most patients after taking the correct form omega 3 supplement in the right dosage will have a dramatic improvement in the tear production from the Meibomian glands. Fortifeye Super Omega gives the ratio of DHA and EPA that has been working in large dry eye clinics throughout the world. Omega index studies indicate that two per day dosing of Fortifeye Super Omega will bring the omega index to an average between 9.1 and 11 in patients under 240 lbs. The goal is to bring the omega index to a minimum of 8. People over 240 lbs may need to double the concentration of omega 3 to get the same results. Most patients with dry eyes and Meibomian gland dysfunction will improve by starting the correct form and dosage of omega 3 fish oil. However some moderate to marked dry eye symptoms may need some additional nutritional help. I recommend adding the most potent antioxidant /anti inflammatory nutrient on earth  called astaxanthin at 6mg. Fortifeye Focus improves dry tired eye symptoms. Works well with Fortifeye Super omega. Astaxanthin for dry eye is rapidly gaining a strong foothold in natural eye care. Astaxanthin is a super carotenoid derived from algae. Astaxanthin when added to omega 3 fish oil will enhance the anti inflammatory effects. Astaxanthin will also help to reduce dry tired eye symptoms. Astaxanthin has many other amazing health benefits.  The combination of triglyceride form omega 3 fish oil and 6 mg of astaxanthin will help combat against oxidation and inflammation in the eye and entire body. This combination will also improve circulation to the eye and may indirectly help other eye problems like glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. One final nutrient that can be added for the more extreme dry eye is GLA from Black currant seed oil. I like a ratio of close to 10 to 1 GLA to omega 3. 140-160 mg of GLA in addition to 1400-1600 mg of omega 3 fish oil is ideal. The exact combination can be obtained by taking two Fortifeye super omega along with 140 mg- 160 mg of GLA. GLA has some additional anti inflammatory properties that stimulate series 1 prostaglandins and aids in healthy tear production. The triple whammy of dry eye nutrition is Triglyceride form omega 3 fish oil, Astaxanthin and GLA. There is a wonderful synergy between Omega 3, Astaxanthin and GLA.  This combination of nutrients is also a power house formula for improving  skin and joint health.  Very new science is proving that the addition of very low dosage of aspirin ( 1/2 a baby aspirin full baby aspirin)  taken at the same time as omega 3 fish oil may also work well together. The low dose aspirin potentiates the anti-inflammatory effects ( resolvin d3) of the omega 3.   This is also being used in moderate to severe dry eye with positive success. Lowering inflammation is very important in the treatment of dry eyes.  Dr Lange recommends patients to take the 1/2 baby aspirin with Fortifeye Super Omega at bedtime.  Always discuss this with your primary care physician before initiating low dose aspirin therapy.

Fortifeye Focus improves dry tired eye symptoms. Works well with Fortifeye Super omega.

2. One of the main reasons for dry eye symptoms and Meibomian gland dysfunction is a build up of microbial flora on the eye lashes and inside the Meibomian glands. This condition is called blepharitis. If lids are quite inflamed ,red and crusty then proper lid hygiene is crucial as the first step at natural dry eye relief. I recommend scrubbing the lids and lid margins with a commercial preparation like occusoft lid scrub foam. This scrubbing will eliminate much of the bacterial flora on the lashes that can clog the Meibomian glands that secrete the crucial outer layer of the tear film. Often times if a patient has a chronic irritated red-eye even after doing lid scrubs with occusoft they may have another condition causing the problem, Another type of blepharitis is related to a small parasite called demodex. Demodex is a small parasite ( mite)that crawls into the hair follicle at night and lays eggs. These eggs will back up on the base of the lash causing a collarette to be seen by the optometrist or ophthalmologist with the bio microscope.  The demodex may cause lids to become red, inflamed, crusty , and itch. It is important to wipe the lashes and lid margins with a special pre medicated pad called cliradex right before bed. Cliradex has the demodex killing properties derived from tea tree oil and is extremely effective for the treatment of demodex related blepharitis and secondary dry eyes. Scrub lashes first with occusoft, rinse then rub the Cliradex onto lashes and lids before bed and do not rinse. This combination of lid hygiene will help to eliminate the microbial flora ( staph and demodex) that is blocking the Meibomian glands and causing the dry eyes. Proper lid hygiene is one of the most important steps in dry eye control and Meibomian gland dysfunction.

cliradex for blepharitis, if in doubt use Cliradex

cliradex for blepharitis, if in doubt use Cliradex

3. Meibomian glands often times need a jump-start to help them function to their fullest potential and secrete a healthy tear film. Massaging and heating the lid margins is necessary to unclog the Meibomian glands so these glands can secrete the outer lipid layer of tear film. This needs to be done for 10-15 minutes 2 times a day. The use of a warm wash cloth is an inexpensive way to accomplish this but Dr. Lange recommends using  the Bruder Mask to heat up the Meibomian glands.  This is a mask that is put in microwave for 20 seconds and then Velcro around your face for 10-15 minutes two times a day. While the mask is on the eyes gently massage the lid margins to help un-block the blocked glands. This mask will also help cut inflammation surrounding the eyes. The Bruder eye hydrating mask can last 5-10 years without being replaced. This mask is only $25 and makes the hot compresses a very simple and relaxing task.1168-222x300   4.  The use of good preservative free lubricating eye drops are important to use frequently in beginning phases of natural dry eye treatment. Artificial tears that have some hyaluranic acid for dry eye relief is Dr Langes first choice. Dr Lange recommends either Oasis tears plus or Blink to minimize dry eye symptomatology and both have hyaluronic acid in them . Hyaluaronic acid has some anti inflammatory effects and makes these two lubricating eye drops ideal for dry eyes. For the extreme dry eyes and Meibomian gland dysfunction the addition of a special lubricating eye drop called Retain MGD will add additional subjective relief.  Retain MGD helps to replenish the outer lipid layer of tear film that may be deficient in Meibomian gland dysfunction . This combination helps to replenish all layers of the tear film.

great for dry eye associated with blepharitis.

great for dry eye associated with blepharitis.

5.  If these first four steps are followed a large percent of dry eye /Meibomian gland dysfunction patients will improve and become asymptomatic. However there will still be patients  that have resistance and will still suffer from this condition. This is when punctal occlusion is recommended.  This is done by your optometrist or ophthalmologist in the office in less than five minutes.  The doctor will take a small custom sized soft medical silicone implant and place it in your drainage duct in your lower eye lids and sometimes in the ducts in the superior eye lid . This is a painless quick procedure that is covered by your insurance.  This blocks the duct that the tears drain out of. This procedure keeps the natural tears on the eye much longer bathing the eye in the natural lubricating properties of the human tear. Punctal occlusion therapy is much more effective after patients have been on anti inflammatory omega 3 fish oil, astaxanthin and GLA for a period of two to three months.  The anti inflammatory nutrients reduce the inflammatory markers in the tear film which makes punctal occlusion much more effective. 6.  Even after following the first five steps you will have patients with moderate to severe dry eye that still have superficial punctate keratitis and significant symptoms.  These patients will usually respond extremely well to new generation stem cell therapies. The Lange Eye Institute and Lange Eye Care Centers are now using  a cryopreserved amniotic membrane called Prokera to reduce inflammation and promote regenerative healing of the ocular surface in these significant dry eye cases . Prokera is a safe quick in office procedure similar to placing a contact lens on the eye that improves the health of a damaged ocular surface naturally. Lange Eye Care has had some amazing visual recoveries on patients with long-term eye inflammation and pain using these new stem cell enhanced membranes.  Dr Michael Lange and the doctors at The Lange Eye Institute  are also using a another membrane calle Aril.  This is an  A cellular allograft amniotic memrane that can be used in place of the prokera for many patients.  Some of the benefits of the Aril is it will not compromise your vision while wearing it for the five day period.   If you have a corneal problem causing pain or compromised vision come to one of the Lange Eye Care locations and see if you may be a candidate for some of this new generation stem cell enhanced amniotic membranes.  After success of the membrane is accomplished patients should continue the first four steps for maximum long term benefit.  Patients with moderate to sever dry eye can get significant improvement with these steps. Dr Michael Lange  states if the first four steps above are followed carefully most people with dry eye and Meibomian gland problems will improve. Many people will notice improvements in as little as five days but it will take up to four months to gain the full potential for dry eyes. These first 4 steps will in many cases eliminate the need to have more expensive dry eye procedures done.  However there will be a percent of patients that will still have a dry eye issue and will need to go to step 5 and step 6. Steps 5 and 6 are still using  a natural approach to solve your dry eye problem.  Dr Lange states that step 6 , utilization of stem cell enhanced amniotic membranes for severe dry eye has dramatically enhanced a clinicians ability to help patients suffering with severe dry eyes !   Dry eye kits including everything mentioned above  in step 1-4 are available at a discounted price at  recommend all readers of this  see their local optometrist or ophthalmologist if they have any problems with their eyes. This  is for educational purposes only. If you are in the Florida area come by one of the 10 Lange Eye Care locations. ,

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Michael Lange OD dry eye treatment without drugs.


Michael Lange OD has developed protocol for the treatment of dry eye that works quite well without the use of any prescription drugs. Dr Lange uses this protocol for all of his dry eye patients.

The Meibomian glands become blocked and the best way to keep them open so they can secrete the crucial outer lipid layer of tear film is to apply heat to the lids one to two times a day for ten minutes while gently massaging the lid margins. Using a warm wash cloth or Dr Lange’s choice is the Bruder Mask. Michael Lange OD also says the addition of a good triglyceride form omega 3 fish oil is an important step in keeping the Meibomian glands open. This omega 3 fish oil will reduce inflammation in the Meibomian glands and allow for a much healthier clearer tear film secretion. Dr Lange developed Fortifeye Super Omega that has an EPA of 860 and a DHA of 580 in two gel caps for the natural treatment of dry eyes. learn more at http://www.fortifeye.comnew-omega-3-268x300

A good lubricating eye drop that is preservative free and contains hyluranic acid is Dr Langes choice. The two tear supplements Dr Lange uses mostly are Oasis Tears Plus and Blink tears. Many patients will need the addition of a special drop called Retaine to help replenish the depleted lipid layer until the Meibomian glands start to function properly.



Good lid hygiene is also an important step in the natural treatment of dry eyes. Using a lid scrub like occusoft or cliradex will help to reduce the bacterial flora that hangs out on the lids. Careful attention must be taken when using the lid scrub application to meticulously clean all the debris from the lashes and lid margins. Once the lids are completely cleaned the Meibomian glands will function much better and dry eye symptoms will be greatly reduced.


Michael Lange OD states if these simple steps discussed in the above paragraphs are followed a large percent of dry eye symptoms will go away. most of the things mentioned in the article can be purchased at or at any Lange Eye Care location or your local eye doctor.

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