Dry Eye Treatment
There are many different solutions that can provide relief from dry eye. Valley Eye Associates offers the following treatment options:
LipiFlow® Thermal Pulsation Technology
For many patients, dry eye symptoms are caused by problems with their meibomian glands. These glands line the upper and lower eyelids and are where the oil layer of the tears are formed. When these glands become blocked, dry eye can be the result.
The LipiFlow Thermal Pulsation System is an FDA-approved treatment that uses therapeutic energies to reduce blockages in the meibomian glands, which opens the glands to properly lubricate the eye. This can dramatically reduce dry eye symptoms for an extended period of time. LipiFlow provides a proven dry eye treatment option that is drug-free and can dramatically reduce your dry eye symptoms.
Many patients use different kinds of over-the-counter artificial tears or medicated drops like Restasis or Xiidra to treat their dry eye symptoms. These drops are often effective at temporarily reducing dry eye symptoms, but they lack the biochemical properties of your own natural tears.
NovoTears can address this problem. Instead of using artificial tears, NovoTears use serum made from your own blood to create customized, natural eye drops. Multiple studies have shown that serum eye drops are far superior to conventional treatments when treating severe dry eye conditions.
Intense pulsed light, or IPL, is a light (not a laser) that treats your skin and eyelid inflammation safely, effectively, and comfortably. Each treatment is fully customized to your skin type and condition.
The light pulses penetrate the lid tissue, creating heat which shrinks the abnormal blood vessels in that area. It also liquefies and releases hardened oils that have clogged the meibomian glands in the eyelid. This not only treats the inflammation, but also improves the overall skin condition.
Optima IPL is used worldwide and is FDA-approved for over 20 different skin diseases as well as dry eye. IPL can also be used for facial rejuvenation and treats rosacea, sun spots, and blepharitis.