The most effective treatment depends on the cause. I usually recommmend specific supplements and lid wipes and one or more of the following.
This is a device that spins a medical grade microsponge along the edge of your eyelids and lashes, removing scurf and debris whilst exfoliating the lids. In almost all cases of Dry Eye, this would be recommended as a first step. Also a great treatment for blepharitis, which is often present in Dry Eye.
INTENSE REGULATED PULSED LIGHT
This high-tech instrument treats those Dry Eye sufferers who have the Evaporative Dry Eye form which is caused by insufficient lipids (oil) on the front surface of the tears as a result of Meibomian Gland Dysfunction. It is completely painless and works by stimulating with very bright light, in a highly controlled manner, the glands responsible for producing the oily element within the tears.
Patients usually see benefits after the second session, but often immediately. Most clinics offering IPL provide three sessions but new research, backed up by my own experience, shows that a fourth session works best, which I include at no extra charge. The positive effects last well over a year - usually two to three.
The light stimulation creates a micro-gradient of temperature between the inner and outer layers of the myelin sheath of the parasympathetic nerve connected to the Meibomian glands, triggering the liberation of neurotransmitters, which stimulates the secretion and contraction of the Meibomian glands to produce the oily fluid that prevents the tears evaporating.
PUNCTAL PLUGS AND TEAR DUCT SYRINGING
Only appropriate for certain forms of Dry Eye, these tiny silicone plugs prevent tears from being drained away and are often used to improve comfort for contact lens wearers.
We also supply a range of eye drops and accessories, including Blephasteam, to complement the treatments.