The Chicago Dry Eye Center
of Excellence, Oak Lawn, IL

(708) 229-2200
10320 S Cicero Avenue
Oak Lawn, IL 60453
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Casey L. Hogan, O.D., F.A.A.O. & Associates

Enjoy Dry Eye Relief!

The Chicago Dry Eye Center of Excellence, PC, a division of Advanced Eye Care Professionals,  offers patients who suffer from dry eye disease ( DED) the latest in dry eye diagnosis, testing, and treatment.

Many of our Dry Eye patients typically have been seen by several providers and are looking for relief. At AEP, we perform very specific testing to ultimately develop a custom treatment program for each patient.
InflammaDry for DRY EYE Identify Dry Eye with InflammaDry®
InflammaDry is the first and only, rapid, in-office test that detects MMP-9, an inflammatory marker that is consistently elevated in the tears of patients with dry eye disease.
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Our eye doctors specialize in the diagnosis and management of dry eye. Dr. Casey Hogan, the founder of AEP and the the Chicago Dry Eye Center of Excellence, was diagnosed with Sjogren’s Syndrome over 20 year ago, so therefore is a dry eye patient too. She has dedicated 2 decades of her eye care career to helping her dry eye patients live more comfortable lives. It is this reason AEP has developed the Chicago Dry Eye Center of Excellence. If you are suffering from dry eye symptoms, please schedule a consult today with any of our qualified doctors. Dry eye can not be cured but AEP may be able to prescribe a treatment plan to maximize your vision and your ocular health.  

What is Dry Eye?

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 front surface of the eye and for providing clear vision. People with dry eyes either do not produce enough tears or have a poor quality of tears. Dry eye is a common and often chronic problem, particularly in older adults.

What causes Dry Eye?

Dry eyes can result from an improper balance and reduction of tear production. Human tears are produced by the lacrimal glands, glands found in and around the eyelids. Tear production tends to diminish with age, with various medical conditions, or as a side effect of certain medicines. Environmental conditions such as wind and dry climates can also affect tear volume by increasing tear evaporation. When the normal amount of tear production decreases or tears evaporate too quickly from the eyes, symptoms of dry eye can develop.

Poor quality of tears can lead to evaporative dry eye.
Tears are made up of three layers: oil, water, and mucus. Each component serves a function in protecting and nourishing the front surface of the eye. A smooth oil layer helps to prevent evaporation of the water layer, while the mucin layer functions in spreading the tears evenly over the surface of the eye. If the tears evaporate too quickly or do not spread evenly over the cornea due to deficiencies with any of the three tear layers, dry eye symptoms can develop.

What are the symptoms of Dry Eye?

If you have dry eye, your symptoms may include irritated, scratchy, dry uncomfortable or red eyes, burning sensation, excessive tearing, blurred vision, or a feeling of something in their eyes. Patients complain of a “gritty” or “sandy” feeling.


What to expect during your Dry Eye Evaluation:

1.  Please do not instill any topical eye drops prior to your examination for this may affect the accuracy of testing results.

2.  Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment to complete an ocular surface disease index ( OSDI).

3.  Please bring any topical artificial tears or medications, list of systemic medications, contact lenses, and solutions you have been using to your appointment.

4.  Careful review of your medical and ocular history and the following tests will be completed:
a. TearLab testing which evaluates tear osmolarity.

b. InflammaDry Detector testing: The RPS InflammaDry Detector is the first and only rapid, point-of-care test to detect for MMP-9, an inflammatory marker that has consistently been shown to be elevated in the tears of patients with Dry Eye disease.

c. Sjo testing when indicated : Sjö is a proprietary laboratory test developed by Immco Diagnostics Inc. which combines traditional markers with three novel, proprietary biomarkers, allowing earlier detection Sjogren’s Syndrome, a multisystem autoimmune condition often associated with systemic lupus erythematous ( SLE), rheumatoid arthritis ( RA), or as a primary disorder.

d. Schirmer’s testing to assess aqueous volume.

e. Careful assessment of the lids and eyelashes and meibography to determine if meibomian gland disease is present.

Once all testing is complete, a diagnosis and classification of severity of disease can be made and a custom treatment program established.
The Oculus Keratograph 5M is an advanced corneal topographer with a built in color camera for external imaging. The Oculus Keratograph 5M allows our doctors to examine the meibomian glands, measure the non-invasive tear break up time and tear meniscus height, and evaluate the lipid layer of the tear film. Upon completion of all testing, the patient will receive a copy of their JENVIS Dry Eye Report with a specific treatment plan.

Advanced Eye Care Professionals 10320 S Cicero Avenue Oak Lawn, IL 60453 Phone: (708) 229-2200 Fax: (708) 229-2233

Advanced Eye Care Professionals proudly serves Oak Lawn, IL and the surrounding areas of Beverly, Evergreen Park, Alsip, Worth, Chicago Ridge, Palos Hills, Palos Heights, Orland Park and Chicago.

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