The latest IPL treatment for Dry Eyes
Dry Eye syndrome currently affects around 20% of the population, and is more common with increasing age. The number of sufferers is only expected to rise thanks simply to modern life: more time spent looking at screens, artificial lights, long periods spent driving, air conditioning, air pollution, wearing contact lenses… all these things contribute to dry eye syndrome.
It’s certainly an irritating condition as anyone with it knows, but in severe cases it can cause inflammation of the upper eyelid. Until recently there has been no cure for the condition, only symptomatic treatments like drops (artificial tears), stem glasses, or manual stimulation of the glands. These treatments only bring a few hours of relief.
But now there’s a new treatment that’s surprisingly simple, pain-free, quick, and has long-lasting results. It’s called E-Eye.
How does it work?
E-Eye treats the most common form of Dry Eye: the evaporative form of Meibomian Gland Dysfunction. Basically the condition means the Meibomian glands aren’t secreting their film into the eye, meaning your “tears” are free to evaporate and the eye dries out. E-Eye uses IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) to help get the glands working again. It does NOT act directly on the gland- instead it stimulates a nerve in the area which goes on to stimulate the gland. Results are noticeable immediately after the first treatment, and are cumulative, lasting:
- 1 week after the first session
- 2 to 3 weeks after the second session
- 6 months to 2 years after 3 to 4 sessions
So for optimum results you’ll have three treatments- Day 1, day 10 and day 30.
What does the treatment involve?
It only takes a few minutes, and you’ll be seated comfortably on a chair, slightly reclined. You wear a special set of goggles to protect your eyes. The skin is cleaned (to remove make up etc) then a protective gel is applied to the skin below your eye. Then five flashes of light are applied under the lower eyelid, on each eye. That’s it!
Can everyone have E-Eye treatment?
It’s not suitable for pregnant women. The light also should not be flashed on:
- Moles, raised pigmentation or any pigmented area
- Fake tan
- Tattoos, permanent makeup
Is it safe?
IPL has been used in the cosmetic industry for 20 years, and the light flashed in the E-Eye treatment is not even at half the strength than that used in, for example, pigmentation treatment. There is no risk of skin cancer from IPL because the light is filtered to be way outside of dangerous limits.
At Insight Optometrists we’ve been specially trained in this new technology because we believe it will bring real relief to a lot of patients. Contact us to make an appointment and see if E-Eye will work for you.