Breakthrough treatment for dry eye syndrome

Dry Eye Syndrome can now be a thing of the past for Gold Coast residents with the arrival of a breakthrough IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) treatment at Main Beach Optical.

“IPL is revolutionising how we manage dry eye syndrome, and is the treatment that eye specialists and sufferers of Dry Eye Syndrome have been waiting for,” said Optometrist, Dr Michael Jackson.

“More than 20 per cent of the Australian population will experience Dry Eye Syndrome. The Syndrome manifests as dry, sore and itchy red eyes, with associated poor quality of life and eye function,” he said.

“Up until now, treatments for Dry Eye have been restricted to ongoing use of over the counter and prescription eye drops. Unfortunately these only provide transient relief. About two years ago we started using Manuka honey eye drops, which has been useful in alleviating dry eye symptoms. However, IPL is allowing us to take treatment to a whole new level.”

“IPL technology uses perfectly calibrated, intense light pulses which stimulate glands within the eye to return to normal function. With just three treatments of three minutes duration, and then periodic top-ups, we now have the opportunity to really nail this debilitating condition,” he said.

This technology is non-invasive, pain free, and has no negative side effects. Patients often report an improvement within hours of their first treatment.

Dry Eye Syndrome is primarily caused by a dysfunction of the Meibomian gland. There are more than 80 Meibomian glands located in the upper and lower eye lids. These glands produce oil which helps to prevent tear evaporation. People with Dry Eye have an oil layer within their tears that is unstable and thinner than normal. Often it is attributed to increasing age and more commonly affects females than males. In addition to hormonal causes, it can be triggered by windy, dusty dry weather as well as the effects of modern living, with computer screens, driving, artificial light, air conditioning, pollution and contact lenses all recognised contributors to the condition.