Dry Eyes Treatment
Dry Eye Syndrome is a common condition affecting – depending on the area – more than 20% of the population. Females are more affected than males, while increasing age also contributes to greater prevalence. It is mainly caused by the conditions of the modern life (computer screens, driving cars, artificial lights, pollution, eye contact lenses etc.).
The dry eye syndrome is generally due to a Meibomian gland dysfunction, also called Blepharitis. This results in the important oil layer of our tears being unstable and thinner than it should normally be. This leads to dryness, irritation, redness and blurred vision.
There are a number of risk factors that can contribute to the diagnosis of dry eye syndrome, including:
- Any situation in which blinking is less likely, e.g., when staring at a computer screen, prolonged reading, driving or watching television.
- Normal age-related reduction in the production of tears.
- Hormonal changes – particularly in the production of the female hormone oestrogen.
- Heavily air-conditioned environments.
- Windy, dusty, smoky, hot or dry weather conditions
- Soft contact lenses that absorb tears.
- Eye injury/ burns.
- Fans or hair dryers blowing directly onto the face.
At the Terrace Eye Centre we offer an E-Eye IPL device, which is an effective treatment for dry eyes.
How Does it Work?
The IPL device generates a polychromatic pulsed light by producing perfectly calibrated and homogenously sequenced light pulses. The energy, spectrum and time period are precisely set to stimulate the Meibomian glands in order for them to return their normal function.
The E-Eye uses intuitive and simple software managed from a LCD touch screen. It starts in a few seconds and does not require any pre-heating.
The staff member adjusts the goggles on the patient’s eyes and applies the hydrogel on the skin. A series of four flashes are applied under the lower eyelid. A session takes only a few minutes. No needles or injections are required.
The results are visible a couple of hours after the treatment and the effect is cumulative. The improvement will last for about two weeks after the first treatment, four weeks after the second one, then from a couple of months onward. For optimum results three treatments are recommended.