Dry Eye Treatment


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If you answered yes to any of the questions, you could have Dry Eye Disease. However, this questionnaire does not replace a consultation with an eye doctor. In the meantime, if you suspect you have dry eyes, please contact us to request an appointment and to learn more about treatment options.

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Navigating the challenges of dry eyes

Dry eyes or dry eye syndrome (DES) is an ongoing condition that results from the chronic lack of lubrication and moisture on the surface of the eye, which can cause irritations including dryness, scratchiness and burning. Although there is no permanent cure for dry eye disease, its symptoms can usually be successfully managed.

At eye. Optometry, we offer advanced and effective dry eye treatments such as IRPL® technology, InMode Radiofrequency, and IPL Therapy. Contact us for a no charge/no obligation consultation with our dry eye technician.


Practical strategies for eyelid well-being

Your optometrist may recommend artificial tears to help alleviate the dry, scratching feeling of dry eye. Prescription eye drops go one step further and and help reduce inflammation. If you wear contact lenses, be aware that you may need to remove your lenses before using eye drops. Check the label, but better yet, check with your doctor before buying any over-the-counter eye drops. Your eye doctor will know which formulas are effective and long-lasting and which are not, as well as which eye drops will work with your contact lenses.
Your optometrist may recommend artificial tears to help alleviate the dry, scratching feeling of dry eye. Prescription eye drops go one step further and help increase your tear production. If you wear contact lenses, be aware that you may need to remove your lenses before using eye drops. Check the label, but better yet, check with your doctor before buying any over-the-counter eye drops.
To reduce the effects of sun, wind and dust on dry eyes, wear sunglasses when outdoors. Wraparound styles offer the best protection.
An air cleaner can filter out dust and other particles from the air, while a humidifier adds moisture to air that's too dry because of air conditioning or heating.
For more significant cases of dry eye, your eye doctor may recommend punctal plugs – tiny devices that are inserted into tear ducts to slow the drainage of tears away from your eyes, thereby keeping your eyes moist.
Doctors sometimes recommend special nutritional supplements containing certain essential fatty acids to decrease dry eye symptoms. Drinking more water may also relieve symptoms.
If a medication is the cause of your dry eyes, consult with your doctor to assess if it should be switched or discontinued. The benefits of the drug will have to be weighed against the side effect of dry eyes.
Treating any underlying eyelid disease, such as blepharitis, helps as well. This may call for antibiotic or steroid drops, plus frequent eyelid scrubs with antimicrobial products or wipes. ZEST Treatment is also recommended.

If you are considering LASIK or cataract surgery, be aware that dry eyes may disqualify you for such procedures, at least until your dry eye condition is successfully treated. Dry eyes increase your risk for poor healing after surgery, so most surgeons will want to treat the dry eyes first, to ensure a good outcome. This goes for other types of vision correction surgery as well.


Advanced technology for your dry eyes

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IRPL® Technology

IRPL® technology is an eye treatment that uses a compact device called E>Eye to treat meibomian gland dysfunction, which has been identified as a principal cause of dry eye disease, since it leads to insufficient production, or excessive evaporation of tears.

E>Eye generates an Intense Regulated Pulsed Light (IRPL) and applies it to the lower lid, just above the cheeks. The energy, spectrum and time period of these pulses are precisely set to stimulate the meibomian glands to regenerate, stimulate oil secretion, and stabilize the tear film.

Besides preventing further loss or atrophy of the meibomian glands, IRPL also helps to break the cycle of ocular surface inflammation, leading to long-term improvement of dry eye symptoms.

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The full success of treatment depends on compliance with a specific protocol. For optimal results, it is recommended to receive treatments on Day One, Day 15, and Day 45, and then as needed according to your symptoms.

Sessions take only a few minutes. After you’re seated and provided the metal eyewear protection, optical gel will be applied to your cheekbone and temporal areas, and a series of 5 flashes will be applied under each of your eyes.

IRPL® treatments lead to an improvement in the function of the meibomian glands in a very short amount of time (approximately two hours) following the treatment. You can return to regular activities immediately after your treatment.

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InMode Radiofrequency

InMode Radiofrequency treatment uses a medical technology called Forma-I to produce radiofrequency energy that softens the oils within clogged meibomian glands and improves oil flow, resulting in the elimination or lessening of dry eye symptoms.

Forma-I is non-invasive, and no general anesthesia, incisions or downtime are needed. During the procedure, the small, high-precision applicator delivers heat to dissolve the oils clogging your glands, and applies pressure to allow for the oils to be expressed.

This technology has the added benefit of producing collagen and improving elasticity, which results in progressively rejuvenated and tightened skin, with reduced fine lines and wrinkles. Radiofrequency energy can be applied not only to your eyes, but to your entire face to reveal beautiful, healthy skin.

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InMode Radiofrequency is quick, safe, and can be tailored to your specific needs. The treatment offers significant symptom relief with zero downtime, and most patients find the procedures to be comfortable and painless.

For maximum effectiveness, a series of 4 to 6 treatments every 1 to 2 weeks is recommended. A maintenance session at least every 6 months will help keep the gains from the initial treatment. Results might vary among individuals, and more mature skin may require extended treatment sessions for best results.

Following the procedure, your skin may appear pink for a few hours, and you may experience mild swelling. However, most side effects will resolve within a few hours, and you will notice immediate improvements of your dry eye symptoms.

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IPL Therapy

IPL Treatment is an innovative eye therapy that uses the cutting-edge Lumecca technology to treat dry eye syndrome. The device applies an Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) to the skin near the eyes, in order to unclog the meibomian glands and release any oil buildup, which results in symptom improvement.

The treatment also helps treat demodex and blepharitis by reducing inflammation and eradicating the mites and bacteria that cause these conditions.

Because IPL stimulates the facial tissue by targeting blood vessels and pigmented lesions, the procedure has additional dermatologic benefits. It safely treats ocular and facial rosacea (redness) and decreases superficial skin lesions such as age spots, vascular lesions, freckles, hyperpigmentation, and sun damage.

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IPL Treatment is a safe, quick, in-office procedure. Prior to the treatment, the eye doctor will place special shields over your eyelids to protect them from the bright light, and apply a gel to the skin to prevent damage. The doctor will then start the procedure, and you may feel some heat from the light pulses.

IPL can cause redness and sensitivity after treatment, but most side effects will resolve within one week. It is extremely important to protect the skin against UV radiation 4 weeks before and 4-6 weeks after the treatment.

Many patients notice improvements immediately after their first procedure. However, at least 4 sessions are typically recommended, as well as a maintenance session every 6 months. Your eye doctor may also recommend other treatments in combination with IPL.

“I’ve had dry eyes for as long as I can remember and was recommended to try the Radio Frequency procedure to help.
“I’ve had dry eyes for as long as I can remember and was recommended to try Radio Frequency.

The procedure was quick and my eyes have never felt better. The biggest bonus is that Radio Frequency can also improve the appearance of your skin as it promotes collagen growth. The before and after picture of my eyes showed significant improvement of any fine lines - it’s quite impressive! The team at eye. Optometry is always amazing. Highly recommend to go check them out!”

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