DRY EYE SYNDROME
The tears your eyes produce are necessary for overall eye health and clear vision. Dry eye means that your eyes do not produce enough tears or that you produce tears that do not have the proper chemical composition. Often, dry eye is part of the natural aging process. It can also be caused by blinking or eyelid problems, medications like antihistamines, oral contraceptives and antidepressants, a dry climate, wind and dust, general health problems like arthritis or Sjogren's syndrome and chemical or thermal burns to your eyes.
If you have dry eye, your symptoms may include irritated, scratchy, dry, uncomfortable or red eyes, a burning sensation or feeling of something foreign in your eyes and blurred vision. Excessive dry eyes may damage eye tissue, scar your cornea (the front covering of your eyes) and impair vision and make contact lens wear difficult.
DRY EYE TREATMENT
Dry eye cannot be cured, but Dr. Austin can prescribe treatment so your eyes remain healthy and your vision is unaffected. Some treatments that might prescribe include increasing humidity at home or work, or inserting artificial tears or a moisturizing ointment,. In some cases, small plugs are inserted in the corner of the eyes to slow tear drainage. Prescription medications such as Restasis and Xiidra are also an option for some patients.
IPL (INTENSE PULSED LIGHT) TREATMENT
Dr. Austin is one of the first doctors in Orange County to use IPL for patients suffering from dry eye due to ocular rosacea.
Find real relief from dry, red, fatigued eyes caused by skin and eyelid inflammation.
Do you suffering from dry, red, tired or burning eyes? It might be caused by skin and eyelid inflammation. This common condition affects millions of Americans every year; in fact, over 85% of skin and eyelid inflammation patients also suffer from inflammatory ocular conditions, such as dry eye.
Have you been frustrated with the need for frequent eye drop use in your attempt to control your symptoms?
At Austin Optometry we offer a revolutionary treatment using IPL technology to get rid of the root cause of your dry, red, fatigued and burning eyes and help your eyes feel calm and clear – while reducing your dependency on eye drops.
IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light, a light-based technology commonly used for various skin conditions, including rosacea and discoloration. During the procedure, a strategic level of light pulses is administered to penetrate your skin and target the root cause of the inflammation. As the IPL treatment treats your overall skin appearance, your eyelid inflammation is treated and improved as well. IPL procedures are highly effective, gentle and safe.
IPL stimulates the meibomian glands to create a healthier and thicker oil layer for the tears, which often leads to a significant reduction in dryness and an improvement in redness, pain and vision.
There are a number of IPL units available worldwide which are optimised for meibomian gland IPL treatments, yet – the Lumenis M22 Optima specifically – is a versatile unit that not only treats meibomian glands, but is also designed to treat numerous other skin conditions elsewhere in the body.
There are additionally a number of publications that show the value of IPL as a modality in improving and maintaining meibomian gland function.
Benefits to M22 IPL Treatments for Dry Eye:
- Treats the root cause of the problem, not just the symptoms
- Provides long-term relief
- The procedure is safe, comfortable and quick, with no downtime
- Reduces your dependency on eye drops
This treatment is safe, with no discomfort or downtime, and will improve the comfort of your eyes and the clarity of your vision.
During the Procedure
You might experience a warm sensation as the light is applied to your skin, but the treatment is gentle and you should not feel uncomfortable. Each session lasts approximately 15 minutes.
After the Procedure
Immediately following treatment, you may experience some redness and discomfort in the treated areas, which usually disappears within a few hours. Most patients resume their daily activities the same day. Sunlight should be avoided for a few days following the treatment and sun screen should be used.
For optimal results, 4 sessions are typically recommended, with 3-4 weeks in between. Maintenance treatments, usually once every 6-12 months, are also recommended for optimal long-term results.