IPL Dry Eye Treatment
Is Your Dry Eye Therapy Enough?
IPL Treatment for Dry Eye Syndrome
Finally, a treatment that targets the causes of dry eye.
Many people suffer from itchy, burning or watery eyes but assume there’s no way to treat the problem. A common cause of these symptoms is dry eye syndrome, a condition that affects tear production and/or drainage. Left untreated, it can even cause serious eye problems. Fortunately, dry eye is treatable.
You may be among the millions of people that continue to suffer from dry eye syndrome. Patients with dry eye may complain of eye stinging, burning, itching redness, irritation or discomfort. Vision may be blurred, causing difficulty viewing a computer, watching television, or seeing clearly while driving.
What causes this condition?
Age – Dry eye is a part of the natural aging process. The majority of people over age 65 experience some symptoms of dry eyes.
Gender – Women are more likely to develop dry eyes due to hormonal changes caused by pregnancy, the use of oral contraceptives, and menopause.
Medications – Certain medicines, including antihistamines, decongestants, blood pressure medications and antidepressants, can reduce the amount of tears produced in the eyes.
Medical conditions – Persons with rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes and thyroid problems are more likely to have symptoms of dry eyes. Also, problems with inflammation of the eyelids (blepharitis), inflammation of the surfaces of the eye, or the inward or outward turning of eyelids can cause dry eyes to develop.
Environmental conditions – exposure to smoke, wind and dry climates can increase tear evaporation. Failure to blink regularly, such as when staring at a computer screen for long periods of time, can also contribute to drying of the eyes.
Other factors – long term use of contact lenses can be a factor. Refractive eye surgeries, such as LASIK, can cause decreased tear production and dry eyes.
Finally, relief is possible with IPL dry eye treatment
The new intense pulsed light (IPL) dry eye treatment uses IPL therapy to reduce the discomfort of dry eye.
Performed in the eye doctor’s office, IPL is a painless procedure. First, the doctor applies IPL shields to protect the eyes from the light. Then a thin layer of cooling gel is applied to the treatment area. Next, a small handheld device is used to administer pulses of light to the cheek and surrounding area.
Doctors believe IPL improves the function of eye glands that help lubricate the eye. Hundreds of patients have reported their eyes feel better and their vision has improved after IPL therapy. Perhaps IPL is right for you, too.
How many treatments will I need?
Treatments are repeated once a month over the course of four months, though significant improvement is seen in most cases with one or two treatments.
What results can I expect?
After the initial treatment, most patients report some improvements in their symptoms. Depending on the severity of the dysfunction, some patients may need fewer treatments, while others may need more.
Don’t settle for a temporary solution.
Home treatment options such as artificial tears, warm compresses, lid scrubs or medicated drops only treat the symptoms of dry eye — not the actual condition. So while they may offer temporary relief, they won’t make the problem go away.
If you have tried various forms of treatment and medications for your dry, irritated eyes with little success or relief, then the advanced dry eye treatment at Valley Eyecare Center may have a better solution for you. Schedule your dry eye examination today!
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