Dry Eye Treatments
IPL or Intense Pulsed Light therapy has been used by dermatology offices for several decades to treat a variety of skin conditions such as facial rosacea. It can lighten or remove pigmented skin lesions and be used for facials or skin rejuvenation. More recently, IPL has been shown to be extremely effective for managing meibomian gland dysfunction, dry eye and ocular forms of rosacea. It can used to treat the irregular blood vessels that cause inflammation in the eyelids, reduce bacteria and mites that live on the eyelids, and restore functioning of the oil glands that are necessary to keep tears from evaporating too quickly. IPL warms the skin and helps melt the thick secretions that are trapped in the eyelids. Our Lumenis Optilight device is the first and only IPL to be FDA approved to manage the signs of dry eye disease due to meibomian gland dysfunction. Treatment is accomplished in 4 sessions scheduled approximately 4 weeks apart. IPL is applied to the skin surrounding the eyes. Both eyes are protected by special shields. Each treatment usually lasts about 15 minutes.
Results are usually seen by the second or third treatment and have been successful in over 90% of patients. Retreatments may be performed in six months to a year if necessary.
Low-level light treatment (LLLT) is a non-invasive therapy that uses specialized LEDs to reduce inflammation and stimulate cell activity for healing in the eyelids. It has traditionally been used for aesthetics (reducing fine lines and wrinkles), acne treatment, pain management, wound healing, and hair restoration. The treatment involves placing a contoured device with red, blue, and near-infared LED lights across the face. These 3 wavelengths work synergistically to enhance outcomes. The blue light is anti-bacterial. Red light increases micro-circulation to bring more oxygen and nutrients to the area for healthier skin and tissue repair. The red also reduces the redness and inflammation, enhances immune and lymphatic response for better drainage/removal of dead cells and toxins from the skin. The infared light reduces pain and inflammation.
We also offer many other treatments such as:
Prescription dry eye medications
Biologic eye drops
Amniotic Membrane Therapy
Over the counter/ non-prescription supplements