Based on the results from your dry eye testing, the doctor will recommend the best course of action to help you alleviate your dry eye symptoms and causes. At Eyes of York, we offer a full-range of treatments for dry eye syndrome based on the severity of your symptoms.
I-LID ‘N LASH
I-LID ‘N LASH cleans and removes ocular debris and makeup while enhancing the effectiveness of artificial tears. Used daily, I-LID ’N LASH® is effective in maintaining lid and lash health for patients with dry eyes or sensitive skin.
Xiidra is the first prescription eye drop approved by the FDA for both the signs and symptoms of dry eye disease. Use one drop twice a day. Most patients feel relief from their dry eye symptoms within 2-6 weeks and the medication is covered by most insurances.
BRUDER Eye Compress
The BRUDER Moist Heat Eye Compress opens oil glands and allows natural oils to flow back into the eye relieving discomfort from aging, dry eyes, contact lenses, use of digital devices and more. The easy-to-use compress delivers an effective moist heat treatment. Simply microwave for 20-25 seconds and apply for 10 minutes or as prescribed by your doctor.
Eysuvis is a short-term treatment for patients who suffer from chronic, dry eye flares. It is the first and only approved dry eye medication to deliver significant improvements in reduction of conjunctival hyperemia, an important hallmark of inflammation in dry eye.
IPL therapy is a treatment applied to the face which sends an intense but therapeutic heat source near the level of the meibomian glands to help dissolve the plugged secretions and restore function. The effect is temporary, but will last longer with repeat treatments. Patients choosing IPL require four to five treatments the first year and then an average of two treatments per year afterward. Recent data indicates that ninety percent of patients show improvement in their evaporative Dry Eye symptoms with regular IPL therapy.
LipiFlow Thermal Pulsation System
This is a revolutionary technology which also treats the most common type of Dry Eye: evaporative. In a clinical study, 79% of patients reported improved overall dry eye symptoms (ranging from 10% to 100% improvement) within four weeks of a single LipiFlow treatment. LipiFlow Thermal Pulsation technology applies therapeutic heat and gentle pressure to the inner eyelids releasing lipids from the meibomian glands. The positive effects of the LipiFlow treatment can last on average for one year. LipiFlow has the potential to help patient who have unsuccessful IPL treatments or who prefer less office visits and less treatment sessions.
What to Expect During a LipiFlow Treatment
You will be asked to either sit comfortably on a reclined chair or lie down.
Several drops of LipiFlow ptmild anesthetic are put into the affected eye(s). Both eyes are usually treated simultaneously.
LipiFlow disposable eyepieces with lid warmers are placed under your eyelids. There is a built in eye shield to protect you from injury during treatment.
You will be asked to close your eyes around the eyelid device.
The device will then be activated; you will feel minor eyelid pressure and a comfortable warming temperature on the eyelids.
The eyelid pressure will have varied modes which may include a slow increase in pressure and pulsations for several stages for the full 12 minute treatment.
Level of Pain
Based on reported medical studies, the average level of pain/discomfort was minimal rating only 1.4 on a scale of 1-10. If a patient complains of too much pain during a treatment, an adjustment will be made to reduce the pressure or pause for a while. In the majority of cases, patients says the procedure feels like an eyelid massage and is quite relaxing.
Potential Side Effects
Possibility of only minimal improvement on a patient’s dry eye condition and blocked glands
Sometimes the glands can remain the same as before treatment
Inflammation of the glands
Blurred vision (transient for minutes only)
Symptoms of dryness, burning sensation, and/or discharge
Sensitivity to light
Other eye medications may be needed to control flare ups in the future