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Dry Eye Treatment

Dry eye is a medical condition of the ocular surface that affects tear production and the quality of your tears. It is one of the most common disorders seen in any eye doctor’s office.

Patients with dry eye may complain of stinging, burning, itching, redness, irritation, or discomfort. Vision may be blurred which causes difficulty reading, viewing a computer, watching television, or seeing clearly while driving. These symptoms may worsen later in the day.

In the past, this condition has often gone unrecognized and undiagnosed. Patients may have been advised to “home-treat” their uncomfortable symptoms with remedies like artificial tears, warm compresses, lid scrubs, or medicated drops. All of these options treat symptoms, but do not address the underlying problem.

If you experience the following, you may be suffering from dry eye:

  • Using artificial tears or lubrication eye drops
  • Overhead fans irritate your eyes
  • Red or burning eyes
  • Blurry vision that changes when you blink
  • A sandy, scratchy, or gritty feeling in your eyes
  • Watering or excessive tearing
  • Sore or tired eyes
  • Contact lens discomfort
  • Light sensitivity
  • Mucous secretions
  • Dry mouth
  • Excessive blinking

Fortunately, there is a treatment method that can provide relief for those dealing with the discomfort of dry eyes. Recently a treatment known as IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) has become available to target the cause of dry eye and to reduce or eliminate symptoms. Developed by Dr. Toyos, IPL has helped many patients with dry eye to reduce their discomfort and improve their quality of life.

This safe treatment has been used for years by dermatologists to reduce redness and improve the look of the skin for patients with acne and rosacea. Research then proved that IPL is also effective for treating dry eyes.

The Procedure

During IPL therapy, bursts of lights are directed at the lower eye lids and cheek area from ear to ear. The blood vessels then absorb the light and heat, causing the glands to open. Doctors express the glands of clogged secretions so they begin working properly and produce the appropriate amount of quality tears.

IPL therapy is a fifteen-minute procedure performed on an outpatient basis, typically in the doctor’s office. The doctor will assess your skin type and the dysfunction of your glands, then perform the pulses of lights.

To schedule an evaluation online to determine if IPL can help relieve your dry eye symptoms, click here.

For more information, or to schedule an evaluation by phone, please call 888.329.0317 and one of our patient care representatives will be happy to help answer any questions you may have.

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