The constant use of technology is the leading cause of Dry Eye Syndrome, a condition currently affecting approximately 20% of the Australian adult population.
The syndrome, commonly caused by the habits of a modern lifestyle – working on computer screens, reading under artificial light, wearing contact lenses, or air-conditioning, is on the rise. Experts predict that most technology users will suffer from the disease within the next 10 years.
Our obsession with screens will no doubt increase the incidence of Dry Eye symptoms in the future. In fact, the rise in dry eye sufferers means that many optometry clinics, (including Insight Optometrists) have a specialised dry eye clinic, with advanced technology dedicated to addressing the growing number of patients with dry eye syndrome.
Breakthroughs have recently been made in this field, where until recently there had been no effective and affordable cure. Technology such as France Medical’s IPL device is combating the growing health problem. This incorporates the latest technology for combating dry eye syndrome, and arguably the most nominal treatment currently available in Australia.
What is IPL?
Designed uniquely for patients with dry eye syndrome, each IPL treatment consists of the lower eyelid being subjected to five pulsing flashes of polychromatic light lasting three to five minutes. These pulsing lights work to stimulate the damaged meibomian glands, the part of the eye that causes dry eye syndrome.
As little as three sessions are sufficient for optimal results. Improvements are not only immediate but cumulative, and manufacturers say that its efficiency is nearly constant on all forms of meibomian gland dysfunctions.
Since its introduction into the Australian market, IPL has been met with numerous accolades from optometrists and praise from dry eye patients with new research showing statistically significant improvement in patient symptoms and clinical signs following three IPL treatments.
In 2013, a clinical study conducted in New-Zealand reported an 86% satisfaction rate after three treatments.
While IPL isn’t the only treatment on the market, its introduction in Australia has been met with much hype among many dry eye sufferers looking for more palpable results. Other treatments use heat and compression to clear blockages made by the damaged meibomian glands that cause dry eyes. Unfortunately for many dry eye sufferers, this process sets up a difficult consultation procedure, and not all patients are ultimately tested to be candidates. For the patients who do qualify, the treatment is expensive and the effects are typically not long- lasting.
With each eye costing as much as AUD $2000 to treat and often minimal results that lead to multiple treatments, many dry eye sufferers (and doctors) are now turning to emerging IPL technology as not only a more affordable alternative but also a more revolutionary one.
Despite being a new treatment, there’s no doubt about IPL technology’s potential to treat dry eye syndrome more rapidly and effectively than other treatments, giving renewed hope to many sufferers who have exhausted all other options.
If you would like to book an IPL appointment, please call us today on 07 3878 2655.