Dry Eye

Do you suffer from dry eye syndrome?
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) therapy 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.

Schedule an evaluation online to determine if IPL can help relieve your dry eye symptoms.

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.

Dry Eye IPL Therapy

If you deal with dry, itchy eyes on a regular basis, you may be one of the millions of people who experience the condition known as dry eye. Anyone can develop dry eye, but it’s commonly seen in women, people over the age of 65, and sometimes people who have undergone LASIK. Symptoms include a dry, gritty, uncomfortable feeling in the eyes as well as blurry vision and difficulty seeing clearly.

Tears keep the eyes moist, help wounds heal and protect against eye infection. In people with dry eye, the eye produces fewer and/or poor quality tears, making it difficult to keep the eye sufficiently lubricated.

Treatment

Artificial tears are the principal treatment for dry eye and are available over the counter. Much like real tears, artificial tears lubricate the eye. Artificial tear ointments are sometimes used at night to help prevent the eye from drying out. Using humidifiers, wearing wraparound glasses when outside, and avoiding outside windy and dry conditions can also reduce the symptoms associated with dry eye.

For people with severe cases of dry eye, prescription medication or closure of the tear drain may be helpful. Intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy is often successful in patients for whom no other therapy has worked. A Kremer doctor can help you decide which approach is best for you.

What is IPL Therapy?

IPL therapy provides relief for many and drastically improves your eye comfort. This treatment has been proven to reduce or eliminate symptoms of dry eyes and has helped many people get back to living a normal life free of dry eyes.

IPL therapy has been used for years for purposes other than relieving dry eyes. Dermatologists have used this FDA-approved method to reduce redness and improve the look of the skin for patients with acne and rosacea, as well as decrease the bacteria on the skin. Research has proven that IPL is also effective for treating dry eyes and reducing its symptoms.

What Happens During IPL Therapy?

During IPL therapy, a trained physician directs bursts of light at the lower eyelids, the cheeks, and from ear to ear. The blood vessels in these areas absorb the light and the heat, causing the tear glands to open. Once the glands are open, doctors can express the glands of clogged secretions, allowing them to work properly again This quick 15-minute procedure is done on an outpatient basis, usually right in the doctor’s office. The number of treatments recommended will depend on the patient. Most patients typically receive four to six treatments per month. It’s common for patients to feel relief immediately after the first treatment.

Schedule a consultation with the experts at Kremer to see if Dry Eye IPL Therapy is the right for you.

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