You may find your eyes get tired faster or you have difficulty reading. Not to mention the discomfort of a burning sensation or blurry vision. Let’s take a look at dry eye treatments – from simple self-care to innovative prescriptions and therapies – to help you see clearly and comfortably.
Understanding dry eye will help you determine the best treatment option. Dry eye occurs when a person doesn't have enough quality tears to lubricate and nourish the eye. Tears reduce eye infections, wash away foreign matter, and keep the eye’s surface smooth and clear. People with dry eyes either do not produce enough tears or their tears are of poor quality. It’s a common and often chronic problem, especially in older adults.
Stinging or Burning
Sensitivity to Light
Foreign Body Sensation
You don’t have to suffer from the symptoms of dry eye. Talk to your optometrist about dry eye treatment options designed to address the underlying cause of your condition.
OptiLight is a safe, gentle, and effective treatment that is backed by more than 20 clinical studies. The treatment involves four sessions, spaced two to four weeks apart, and each session usually takes only 10 to 15 minutes. OptiLight is applied on the skin below the eyes and is non-invasive. During the treatment, the practitioner will cover your eyes with shields and apply a thin layer of gel on the treatment area. You may experience a warm sensation as the light is applied to the skin. The treatment is comfortable and has minimal discomfort. You can return to your daily activities and apply makeup right away in most cases. Patients usually report an improvement after the third or fourth session.
The MiBoThermoflo® supplies continuous controlled heat that is applied to the outer skin of the eyelids along with ultrasound gel for a gentle massage. The heat is absorbed deep into the tissue and breaks down the hardened lipids in the meibomian glands. With a specific prescribed therapy regimen, the ducts of the meibomian glands will secrete thinner and clearer lipids which will allow for a healthier tear film.
The LLLT mask employs medical grade LEDs for light modulation, a photobiomodulation technology that stimulates the production of ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate) by emitting a specific wavelength of light. It also significantly warms the eyelids to the temperatures recommended for periorbital heat treatment. The increase in cellular activity that causes endogenous heat, combined with external thermal heating, aids in the normalization of the glands.