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The Eye Institute

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742 McKnight Dr #100
Knightdale, NC 27545
Phone: 919-266-2048
Fax: 919-266-4648

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The Tear Institute: Advance Dry Eye CenterDry Eye

If your eyes feel gritty, tired and irritated more often than not, you may be one of the many individuals plagued with a troublesome condition called dry eye. At The Tear Institute, we use state of the art technology and treatment options to handle the everyday dry eye/allergy symptoms or the most advance complicated cases of a chronic ocular surface disease state. Our patients are always screened, even if not symptomatic so that no case of this progressive disease will go unseen. If you are suffering from dry eye or have been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with us for an in depth dry eye examination.


  • Systemic and Pharmaceutical associations discussed
  • Tear Film Examination
  • Lipiview II Lipid Layer/Blink Imaging/Meibography: measures the thickness of the lipid layer of your tears, blinking patterns, and a structural image of your meibomian glands.
  • Biomicroscopy of ocular surface with Vital Dyes
  • Korb Meibomian Gland Evaluator Analysis


  • Lipiflow Thermal Pulsation System
  • Restasis/Xiidra Topical Intervention
  • Punctal Occlusion
  • Autologous Serum Eye Drops
  • PRN Physician Recommended Nutriceuticals Dry Eye Omega Benefits
  • Avenova Daily Lid and Lash Hygiene
  • Prokera Biologic Corneal Bandage
  • Ocusoft Advanced Lid Scrubs
  • Cliradex All Natural Lash and Eyelid Cleaner

The How and Why of Dry Eye

The eyes are sensitive organs that require both hydration and protection against outside threats. The meibomian glands and lacrimal glands address this need by working together to maintaining a constant tear film on the front of the eye. This film, which is refreshed every time you blink, is more than just water -- it's a three-layered barrier consisting of mucin, water and an outer covering of lipid to prevent evaporation. Any imbalances or deficiencies in the tear film can result in dry eye, whether you're failing to produce one particular component or you're simply not making enough tears. Causes of dry eye may include:

  • Age 
  • Immune system disorders such as Sjogren's syndrome 
  • Eyelid dysfunction 
  • Trauma 
  • Atrophic meibomian glands 
  • Medications 
  • Constant exposure to moving air (ceiling fans, etc.) 
  • Long periods of computer use 

Whatever the underlying reasons for your dry eye, don't let it go untreated. Chronic dryness can cause redness, itching, irritation, blurred vision, foreign body sensation, extreme sensitivity to light and thick collections of mucus in or around the eyes. Ironically enough, you may also suffer from watery eyes as your lacrimal glands fight to maintain hydration. Even worse, your unprotected eyes may be especially prone to infections and other health threats, to the point that is permanently sight threatening. 

The Tear Institute Can Solve Your Dry Eye Puzzle 

Bring your dry eyes to our Advance Dry Eye Center. Our optometrist will ask you about your medical/medication history, your work habits, your everyday environment and an in depth examination to determine what's causing the problem. From there, we can recommend options specifically for your eyes.

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Family of 4 that recently moved to the area and we are so thankful to have found such a wonderful office!! One of the hardest things when relocating is finding new doctors, but this was an easy one. The staff and Dr.'s are absolutely wonderful. From the very first phone call to the last check out, everyone in the office went above and beyond to make sure that our care and needs were being met. We have 2 younger children and they loved their office visit. We were able to get appointments right away and all of us were seen at the same time, such a stress taken off our shoulders with that one!! Thank you again to such an amazing office, so very thankful we found you!!!

Mary B.
Knightdale, NC

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