Dry Eye Disease
Dry eye disease occurs when your tears can’t provide sufficient lubrication for your eyes. Either you’re not producing enough tears, or the quality of your tears isn’t adequate to maintain moisture.
Aqueous dry eye occurs when there’s a lack of water production from the lacrimal glands. When not enough water is in your tears, your eyes lack hydration.
Evaporative dry eye is the more common form of dry eye disease. It occurs when your tear makeup lacks enough oil, which is responsible for preventing your tears from evaporating too quickly.
It’s important to visit your Elite Eye Care doctor for a customized treatment solution to avoid further complications, such as eye inflammation or damage to the eyes’ surface.
The Root Cause of Dry Eye is Inflammation. Lumenis Intense Pulse Light (IPL) therapy uses pulses of light energy administered to the skin around the eyes to reduce inflammation and alleviate symptoms of dry eye disease caused by meibomian gland dysfunction.
The oil layer of the tears is produced by the meibomian glands, found along the eyelids. This oil is essential to the tear quality and prevents evaporation of the watery portion of the tears. When meibomian glands are not producing quality oil, or enough oil, the eyes can feel gritty, dry, and irritated.
iLux is a handheld device used to treat evaporative dry eye caused by meibomian gland dysfunction. It uses heat and gentle compression to unclog thick oil; unclogging the meibomian glands can allow healthy oil to flow back into the tear film and help prevent evaporation.
IPL treatment works to:
- Decrease inflammation
- Minimize abnormal blood vessels
- Improve the function of the meibomian glands
- Significantly improve tear quality
- Reduce the bacteria around your eye that contributes to inflammation
Schedule an exam with Elite Eye Care to determine if IPL therapy can provide you relief from your uncomfortable dry eye symptoms.