The latest advancement in Treating Dry Eye Syndrome - IPL
What is Dry Eye Syndrome?
The dry eye syndrome is a common pathology affecting approximately 20% of the population with symptoms increasing with age, and is one of the most common reasons that patients visit their eye doctor. The cornea needs to remain permanently hydrated with a tear film in order to maintain its structure and optical properties.
The tear film is a complex mixture of water, oils and mucus. When vision is healthy, a balance exists between the tear layers. If an imbalance occurs with one or more of the tear layers the tear system breaks down and dry spots develop. This is called Dry Eye Syndrome. It occurs due to insufficient production of tears, or excessive evaporation of the tear film.
Left untreated, dry eye syndrome leads to redness, itching, burning, watering, increased blinking to focus, and overall poor corneal and eye surface health. Patients who suffer from chronic Dry Eye find it difficult to perform everyday activities, which can significantly decrease their quality of life. Our doctors carefully examine your eye surface and corneas to create a dry eye treatment tailored for you.
Dry Eye Syndrome Symptoms
- Gritty eyes
- Pain / burning sensation
- Photophobia: feeling of discomfort in strong light (sun) or for example from car headlights in the dark
- Blepharospasm: eyelid blinking can become increasingly frequent, without bringing any relief
- Decreased visual activity: Screen reading difficulties, driving at night, watching TV
- Difficulty with wearing contact lenses
Dry Eye Syndrome Causes
- Extensive Computer use
- Hormonal Imbalance
- Some Food
- Eye Surgery
- Heating/Air Conditioning
Dry Eye Syndrome Treatments
- Lid Hygiene
- Artificial tears
- Eye Medications
- Punctal plugs
- Intense Pulse Light (IPL) Therapy (Please watch the video above)