Dry eye occurs when there is inadequate tear volume or function, resulting in reduced lubrication and moisture on the surface of the eye. Symptoms often include:
- Itchy eyes
- Sore eyes
- Red eyes
- Burning sensation
- Intermittent blurred vision
- Foreign body sensation
- Paradoxically, watery eyes
David, Fady and Rebecca treat every component associated with dry eye. This includes drops or gels for lubrication when tear secretion is reduced, treating glands in your eyelids which may have become blocked and/or any associated lid disease that may be predisposing you to dry eyes. Importantly, our optometrists are therapeutically endorsed to treat accompanying inflammation of the ocular surface which is important in relieving symptoms.
The latest and most effective treatment for dry eye, IPL (Intense Pulse Light) is quickly being adopted by practitioners who take seriously the impacts of dry eye disease symptoms on activities of daily living.
IPL (Intense Pulse Light) Treatment for Dry Eye Disease
Over 90% of patients suffering from dry eye disease is secondary to meibomian gland dysfunction. These glands, located in your eyelids, secrete oil onto the surface of the eye, a crucial component of the tear layer. IPL targets these glands to restore their function, thereby treating the underlying cause. It has been shown to be an extremely effective treatment for patients with dry eye disease, with a recent study showing that 86% of patients found a significant improvement in their symptoms.
Is IPL treatment right for you?
IPL treatment is for those who either want better quality of life by reducing their dependency on lubricants and/or have symptoms that persist despite conventional therapy. It is the only treatment for dry eye that targets and reverses the underlying cause, rather than providing a ‘band aid’ treatment aimed at just temporarily improving symptoms. David, Fady or Rebecca will assess your suitability once your dry eye assessment is complete.
What is involved in the treatment?
The video below shows Dr Rolando Toyos, the American ophthalmologist who discovered IPL as a treatment for dry eye, talking through what is involved during treatment.
If you would like to discuss IPL treatment call us on 5996 3693 or make an online appointment online.