Welcome back to the second installment of our dry eye gadgets and gizmos treatment series! This week, we will be sharing all about our E>Eye IRPL device for the treatment of dry eye. IRPL stands for Intense Regulated Pulsed Light, and our new E>Eye is the first medical device in the word using IRPL technology that has been specifically designed for the treatment of dry eyes due to Meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD).
If you read our last post, you would have learned all about Meibomian glands and what they do for our eyes. Meibomian glands are neat little oil glands that line our lid margin (the part of our lids that meet up when our eyes close). Their function is to secrete oil that coats the surface of our eyes in order to keep the water component of our tears from evaporating (or drying out). When they don’t produce enough oil to maintain our tears, they are considered to be dysfunctional. Meibomian gland dysfunction has been identified as a principal cause of dry eye disease because it leads to unstable tear film. When tear film is unstable our eyes can become extremely red, dry, and uncomfortable.
Here is where our E>Eye comes in to save the day! Treatment sessions are short and sweet at only a few minutes long. Tailor-made for your Doctor of Optometry to treat dry eye, the E>Eye generates five flashes of specifically timed pulsed light that is perfectly made to stimulate the Meibomian glands and improve their ability to secrete more oil. When Meibomian gland function improves, dry eye symptoms are relieved. Patient feedback tells us relief can be felt very quickly, in as little as two hours following the treatment! For many patients best results come when we treat Meibomian glands with the E>Eye on the first day, at day 15, at day 45, and then as needed according to patient specific symptoms. How cool is that!?
Here is what you can expect during your treatment session. You will be comfortably seated in our patient chair. Protective eyewear will be placed on you and adjusted correctly for an extremely safe treatment. Optical gel will be applied to the cheekbone and temple areas of your face to protect your skin. You will then experience the series of five flashes of light. They will start from the inside of your eyelid and work their way around and out to ensure all of your Meibomian glands are stimulated and start producing more oil and improve tear quality. The same process is then repeated for the other eye.
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If dry eyes are giving you a rough time, give us a call or request an appointment online so we can set up a treatment plan and get those tears and your eye health back on track. Your Doctor of Optometry will help you customize a treatment plan that’s right for you. There is no need to contend with dry, red, scratchy, gritty eyes when the solution can be a simple, short treatment tailor made for you! E>Eye is only one of the many gadgets and gizmos we use to treat dry eye disease. Stay tuned for our next installment where we will share all about another amazing dry eye treatment device.