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What is dry eye?

Dry eye disease is very common and can affect up to 50% of the general population with symptoms ranging from mild to severe. In dry eye, the layers comprising the tear film covering the surface of the eye are disrupted and break down across the cornea and conjunctiva, causing irritation and unstable vision. There are two types of dry eye:

  • Evaporative (most common): Tears evaporate too quickly as the meibomian glands extending beneath the lids don’t produce enough of the oily or ‘lipid’ layer
  • Aqueous-deficient: Tear film production is low due to a problem with the lacrimal glands not producing enough of the watery or ‘aqueous’ layer

Dry eye disease may be more appropriately termed tear film dysfunction, as with symptoms of dryness irritation there may also be ‘reflex tearing’ in which the eyes actually become more watery as a response to correct for the unhealthy tear film; however this further leads to unstable vision in the cycle of the disease. Symptoms of dry eye can include:

  • Burning
  • Grittiness and foreign body sensation
  • Redness
  • Stinging
  • Tearing
  • Itching
  • Frequent blinking
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Unstable and fluctuating vision

 

Dry eye treatments:

Conventional treatments include various eyedrops that provide a temporary solution to replace components of the tear film; warm compresses can also help with meibomian gland dysfunction. This reduces the discomfort however does not fully treat the underlying problem. New technology involving intense pulsed light (IPL) specially designed for dry eye is an innovating approach to improve comfort by restoring meibomian gland function.

 

Introducing Tearstim® IPL for dry eye:

Tearstim® IPL utilises revolutionary IRPL technology through low-intensity flashes of light that is directed to the parasympathetic nervous system. This neurostimulation targets the zygomatic and bulborbital areas supplying the meibomian glands. This helps to restore meibomian gland function and stabilise the lipid layer of the tear film. In addition, Tearstim® IPL has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory benefits.

You will typically need four rounds of treatment of Tearstim® IPL in order to achieve the desired effect. Please contact the practice to inquire further and book in with one of our optometrists for a dry eye assessment.

**INTRODUCTORY OFFER: $125 per treatment (4 treatments required)**

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What is blepharitis?

Chronic inflammation of the eyelids is called blepharitis. It is a common eye disorder which causes irritation, burning sensations, itching, light sensitivity and redness. It is often at is worst upon awakening.

Blepharitis can cause scaling and crusting around the eye lashes or the secretion of an oily substance from the meibomiam gland (the gland which produces lubricant that discharges from tiny openings on the edges of the eye lids).

There is no cure for blepharitis but with treatment, it can be kept under control.

 Treatments for blepharitis usually includes eye drops, careful cleansing of the eyelids and warm compresses.