Dry Eye Treatment
What Is Dry Eye?
Dry eye syndrome is a condition where the body is not able to produce enough tears to protect the front surface of the eye to provide quality vision. Millions of people suffer from dry eye, and the condition is more common for contact wearers, computer users, pervious eye surgery patients and those over 55.
Common symptoms of dry eye:
Itchy or burning eyes
Foreign body sensation
Sore or tired eyes
If you have any of these symptoms, you may suffer from some degree of dry eye.
How Is Dry Eye Treated?
In the past, the only treatment for dry eyes was daily therapies such as drops and lubricating ointment that merely mask the condition and provide temporary relief. Thankfully, there have been a number of advancements in the field of dry eye treatment that address the condition at its source, providing increased tear functionality.
One of these exciting new treatments is Intense Pulsed Light (IPL). This treatment uses IPL therapy to reduce the discomfort of dry eye by stimulating the function of the meibomian glands that help produce the essential tears necessary to lubricate the eye.
IPL Treatment for Dry Eye Relief. Say Goodbye To Dry Eyes
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) therapy is a painless procedure with no downtime that can provide immediate improvement for dry eye sufferers. The treatment consists of administering pulses of light to the affected and surrounding area.
The light energy from the IPL reduces inflammation and acts as a warm compress to liquefy the secretions obstructing the tear producing meibomian glands. After treatment these meibomian glands are expressed to clear any blockage allowing for improved tear flow.
Why Choose IPL For Your Dry Eye Treatment?
Treats The Cause of Dry Eye
IPL Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How is an IPL procedure performed?
A: First, the area around the eye is cleansed, and eye shields are applied to the eye area. Then, a thin layer of cooling gel is applied to the treatment area. Your doctor will then take the IPL handpiece and administer short bursts of light around the treatment area. Your will feel a slight heating sensation with each burst – this heat helps clear the meibomian glands to increase tear function.
Q: How many treatments will I need?
A: Treatments are repeated once a month over the course of 4 months, although most patients see improvement with just one or two treatments.
Q: Who is a candidate for IPL treatment?
A: The best candidates for IPL Dry Eye Treatment are patients with moderate to sever dry eye, or patients suffering from Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD) or Bepharitis.
Q: What happens after treatment?
A: Immediately after the treatment, the meibomian glands are expressed, the area is cleansed and the patient can return to normal activities. The use of sunscreen is recommended on any treated area.
Q: What results can I expect?
A: After the initial treatment, most patients report improvement in their symptoms. Studies have shown an increase in tear function after each treatment, with the maximum improvement happening after the fourth treatment. Depending on the severity of the condition, some patients may need fewer treatments while other may need more.
If you are among the millions of people that continue to suffer from dry eye disease contact our offices today and make an appointment to find our if IPL Dry Eye Treatment is right for you! Click here to get started and request your dry eye consultation today.