New innovative treatment for dry eyes
Dry Eye Syndrome is by far the most common eye condition and affects over 70% of the population at some stage of their lives, with females being more affected than males, and the incidence increasing markedly with age. Sufferers often experience symptoms of dryness, burning, irritation (a foreign body sensation), redness and, in some cases, excessive watering.
These symptoms are frequently worse in dry environments such as air conditioning, polluted atmospheres, and are also aggravated with prolonged use of computers and other devices requiring concentrated close work.
Dry Eye Syndrome can be debilitating in the day-to-day lives of sufferers, and, if left untreated invariably gets worse and may cause permanent damage to the sensitive front surface of the eye. So what causes Dry Eye Syndrome? Although there are many causes the most common is excessive evaporation of tears from the front surface of the eye, leaving the sensitive corneal cells unprotected, leading to a deterioration of these cells, and subsequently the symptoms described above.
A normal healthy tear layer contains oils which prevent the tears from evaporating off the front of the eye. These oils are produced by small glands along the edges of the upper and lower lids called Meibomian Glands. Unfortunately for most dry eye sufferers these glands have stopped working normally and in extreme cases do not function at all or have died, so the quantity and quality of oil that is produced is significantly diminished.
While there are several ways to treat Dry Eye Syndrome, the most common treatment is the use of artificial tears. These contain oils similar to those produced by the Meibomian Glands and help prevent excessive tear evaporation. However the treatment is ongoing and requires the insertion of these artificial tears into the eye at regular intervals during the day – as frequently as every hour in extreme cases.
Although these artificial tears in most cases help alleviate the symptoms, they do nothing to treat the underlying cause of Dry Eye Syndrome, so the treatment is always ongoing. However this is all about to change.
A new innovative treatment using Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) which directly affects the output of the Meibomian glands and subsequent improvement in the quality of the tears has just become available.
Several studies have shown that with just three IPL treatments, taking only three minutes per session, 86 to 90% of patients reported reduced symptoms and that the quality of the oil layer in their tears showed a measurable improvement. This is a non-invasive treatment which requires no special preparation prior to the IPL sessions, is relatively comfortable, and patients can immediately return to their normal lives. Except for the improvement of symptoms which in some cases is immediate, IPL treatment has no side-effects, is safe and has no long-term complications. The IPL device is medically certified for use in many countries around the world including Australasia.
Visique Total Vision is so excited about this new technology and how it is going to change the way we treat Dry Eye Syndrome that we are offering a FREE Dry Eye Assessment (normally worth $69) for a limited time.
If you think you may suffer from Dry Eye, please contact Visique Total Vision on 07 856 2611 to arrange an appointment for an obligation-free assessment.
You can also book an appointment here.Share