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If you have ever suffered the pain and discomfort of Dry Eye Syndrome, modern technology offers new hope.

In the past, symptoms were usually managed by:

  • Making a conscious effort to blink more often, particularly when using computer screens.
  • Boosting the humidity of the air in the home or office.
  • Administering artificial tears in the form of eye drops, gels or ointments.
  • Using Blephasteam – goggles specially designed to create warm, moist air to relieve the eye area.

However, there is a new treatment which has been delivering promising results (1): Intense Pulsed Light or IPL.

What is Intense Pulsed Light Therapy?

Also known as Intense Regulated Pulsed Light or IRPL, this treatment has been used in dermatology field for nearly twenty years, to reduce the redness, inflamed skin and blemishes associated with skin conditions such as rosacea and acne.

When patients reported that it was also relieving the symptoms of Dry Eye, it led to further investigation of the possible applications for ophthalmology.

IPL Dry Eye Treatment uses brief, powerful bursts of light at specific wavelengths, stimulating the various glands responsible for lubricating the eyeball. For best results, three or four monthly treatments are usually required (2).

This revolutionary treatment for Dry Eye has recently been approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration of Australia (3), and is now available at our Redlands Optometrist Clinic – book your appointment today.   

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