Treatments for Dry Eye Disease
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Treatment for Dry Eyes
VisionPoint Eye Center is pleased to offer a new treatment for patients suffering from chronic dry eye disease and facial Rosacea. Based on your eye health history, Intense Pulsed Light treatment (IPL) may be an option to relieve your symptoms.
IPL treatment for dry eye utilizes gentle pulses of light to liquefy and release hardened oils that have clogged meibomian glands in the eyelids. IPL also treats vascularization and inflammation of the eyelids, reducing eyelid redness and stimulating healthy gland function.
In addition to effectively treating the underlying causes of chronic dry eye, there are also many cosmetic benefits for the facial skin. IPL Photofacial treatments consistently and predictably improve the texture, tone and color of the skin with little to no down time. IPL also stimulates the growth of collagen, decreases pore size and gives skin a youthful appearance. IPL is the use of intense pulses of non-coherent light distributed over a range of wavelengths; from 500 nm to 1200nm. If you are interested in learning more about this treatment contact us or call 309.662.7700.
The iLux Thermal Pulsation system is FDA approved and works by using localized heat and compression therapy. The device is positioned on the eyelids and light-based heat is applied to melt the meibum. Then, lid compression is used to express the unhealthy meibum and unblock the glands. The treatment process lasts approximately 8-12 minutes per eye and is completed in one office visit. Patients describe the treatment as a “warm eye massage”.
VisionPoint Eye Center Doctors recommend a three-part treatment to improve eye health in patients with dry eye and other ocular surface disease.
- Use Bruder mask twice a day. Simply warm mask in the microwave for 20 seconds testing temperature before applying to eyes. Do not apply too tightly. Apply for 8-10 minutes over closed eyes. The Buder mask is recommended over masks with silica gel beads, gel or grains. The silver infused beads, used in the Bruder masks, absorb moisture in the center of the bead resulting in even, extended moist heat. Clean, moist heat helps to soften the oil produced in eyelid glands that can sometimes overproduce or get clogged.
- Use OCuSOFT Lid Scrub twice a day following Bruder mask application. Pump a small amount of cleanser onto a pad and gently rub lid back and forth. Do not touch the eye directly. Rinse thoroughly and repeat for the other lid. These scrubs clean all excess oil, debris and other contaminants associated with eyelid irritations.
- Use Refresh Plus by putting one drop in each eye four times a day or more depending on symptoms and according to your doctor’s instructions. These drops instantly moisturize to provide immediate relief for dry irritated eyes.
For convenience, VisionPoint offers a Treatment Kit that includes a Bruder mask, OCuSOFT Lid Scrub (50ml and 100 pads), Refresh Plus (30 single use containers) for a courtesy price of $40.