Advanced Dry Eye Treatment

Advanced Dry Eye Treatment

Dry eye syndrome is a condition that happens when our eyes are unable to produce enough tears or the tears that they do produce are not of the proper chemical composition. Clinically known as keratoconjunctivitis sicca, dry eye syndrome falls under two main categories:

  1. Aqueous Tear-Deficient: This variation of dry eye syndrome occurs when the lacrimal glands in our eyes cannot produce enough of the watery component in our tears which help keep the ocular surface healthy. 
  2. Evaporative: Occurs when the meibomian glands in your eyelid become inflamed. Your meibomian glands are responsible for producing the oily layer of your tears and if it is compromised due to inflammation, your tears can become unstable and evaporate faster than they should. 

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Do You Have Dry Eyes, or Think You May Have Dry Eye Syndrome?

Do You Have Dry Eyes, or Think You May Have Dry Eye Syndrome?

For individuals that constantly struggle with the following:

  • Eye redness
  • Excessive tearing
  • Burning sensation
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Aching sensation
  • Eye irritation or fatigue 
  • The scratchy and itching feeling 
  • Dryness 
  • Blurred vision
  • Mucus buildup
  • Low tear production
What are the Culprits of Dry Eye or Dry Eye Syndrome?

What are the Culprits of Dry Eye or Dry Eye Syndrome?

Dry Eye Syndrome is very common among individuals and can be easily resolved with the appropriate treatment. The following are known causes associated with Dry Eye Syndrome (DES):

  • Environmental conditions like climate, altitude, and weather.
  • Medication-related: (antihistamines, cold relief treatments, hormone replacement therapy, hormonal contraceptives, some treatments for Parkinson's, diuretics, antidepressants)
  • Systemic disorders such as Sjögren’s syndrome, Lupus, Rheumatoid arthritis, or Scleroderma 
  • Other triggers for Dye Eye include:
    • Aging 
    • Ethnicity
    • Overexposure to air conditioning 
    • Hormonal changes such as menopause 
    • Contact lens wear
    • Skin conditions that affect the eyelids such as ocular rosacea 
    • A high or low dosage of vitamins 
    • Inadequate blinking frequency
What Happens If It Is Left Untreated?

What Happens If It Is Left Untreated?

If left untreated, it can possibly lead to permanent corneal tissue damage resulting in vision loss. At My Optometrist Calgary, our mission is to protect your eyesight. Through our revolutionary, and innovative technologies including Inmode Lumecca (IPL), and Forma (RF), we treat Dry Eye Syndrome at the source. 

Working with Inmode Forma Radiofrequency energy-based system, or Lumecca’s Intense Pulsed Light’s system, My Optometrist Calgary provides one of the most advanced periorbital treatments for Dry Eye Syndrome to face Calgary’s harsh climate. Our eye doctors are dedicated to providing advanced eye care solutions that are effective, safe, and simple. 

Most patients have noticed a difference after only one session; however, four treatments are recommended for optimal results. The number of treatments could vary and are tailored to the level of your Dry Eye condition.

If you are constantly dealing with painful Dry Eye symptoms and want to see immediate results while experiencing a little discomfort, our Calgary eye clinic can help!

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If you think you may be suffering from DES, we can help. Contact My Optometrist Calgary to schedule an ocular wellness consultation today!

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Revolution-eyes the Effects of Dry Eye & Fine Lines and Wrinkles!

Although 90% of Albertans suffer from DES, a staggering 57% have not done anything to treat their symptoms. Our Forma Radiofrequency (RF) and Lumecca Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) energy-based systems focus on treating Dry Eye Syndrome that may result from aging, hormonal changes, environmental conditions, UV exposure, and excessive screen usage. Our advanced treatments and technologies are quick, safe, and carefully tailored to your specific needs without annoying medication or prolonged recovery times. Book your comprehensive Dry Eye consultation at any of our three locations today!

Advanced Treatment For Dry Eye Syndrome

Dry Eye Syndrome (DES), or keratoconjunctivitis sicca, is a condition that occurs when the eyes are unable to produce tears of the proper quantity or chemical composition. At My Optometrist Calgary, our approach to treating DES can be broken down into 3 simple steps.

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3 Simple Steps To Treating Dry Eye Syndrome

Step 1: First, we diagnose the condition to properly treat your DES

Step 1: First, we diagnose the condition to properly treat your DES

Managing DES requires the proper patient education and the ideal tools for establishing the right expectations, your qualified Calgary optometrist will conduct a thorough diagnosing process:

  1. Conduct a Standardized Patient Evaluation of Eye Dryness (SPEED) questionnaire.
  2. Facilitate an Ocular Surface Disease Index (OSDI) questionnaire.
  3. Inquire about any medication use and medical history.
  4. Retrieve the history of the contact lens wearer.
  5. Perform a lid seal and physical assessment.
  6. Image and analyze Meibomian gland structure and function.
Step 2: Customize a Personalized Treatment Catered to Those Results from the Dry Eye Examination

Step 2: Customize a Personalized Treatment Catered to Those Results from the Dry Eye Examination

Depending on the progressive stage indicated by the DES diagnosis your eye doctor will provide treatment options best suited for your condition. No patient is the same, and at our Calgary eye clinic, we take pride in tailoring the best treatment course for your DES. Our facilities offer traditional options as well as the latest in DES treatment including our Forma RF and Lumecca IPL options.

Here are a few ways we can help with your Dry Eye symptoms:

  • Artificial Tear Drops
  • Lubricant Ointment 
  • Anti-inflammatory Drops 
  • Nutritional Supplements
  • Restasis® (Prescription Eye Drops) and Xiidra®
  • Warm compresses (to help soften and melt any obstruction at the glands)
  • Eyelid Cleansing Wipes 
  • Puntual Plugs (to prevent tear drainage)
  • BlephEx® (In-clinic eyelid cleaning procedure) 
  • Inmode Forma Radiofrequency (RF) Treatments
  • Inmode Lumecca Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Treatments
  • Combination of both Radiofrequency (RF) Treatments and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Treatments

Dry eye care essentials are available for pickup or delivery from our online store, or book an appointment with one of our eye docs well experienced in Dry Eye Care diagnosis and treatment.

Step 3: Your Dry Eye Care Team will Implement the Treatment

Step 3: Your Dry Eye Care Team will Implement the Treatment

Depending on the severity of your Dry Eye Syndrome diagnosis, your eye care professional will recommend a treatment plan ideal for minimizing symptoms that result in decreased inflammation and improved overall vision. These treatments will be closely monitored and may be repeated if needed. Our advanced dry eye treatment include Inmode Forma Radiofrequency energy-based system, or Lumecca’s Intense Pulsed Light’s system. Learn more below!

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A Breakthrough Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Dry Eye Treatment
LUMECCA IPL for Dry Eye Symptoms

Lumecca IPL technology works by stimulating the facial tissues through controlled light pulses targeting blood vessels. Lumecca’s IPL treatment’s light energy, wavelengths, pulse rate, and duration is adjusted to each patient’s level or severity of DES.

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Radio Frequency Treatment For Dry Eyes
FORMA RF Dry Eye Treatment

Forma (RF) delivers radiofrequency energy to the obstructed Meibomian gland for the decrease in the harmful bacterial community and allows for free-flowing oil production to prevent the rapid evaporation of your tears, resulting in harmful dry eye symptoms.

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Forma RF Radio-frequency Treatment For Dry Eyes

 


What is Forma Radiofrequency (RF) by Inmode?

Forma (RF) is a skin and tissue remodeling technology that uses radiofrequency energy to deliver a non-invasive and gentle heat treatment to the eye. This therapy is ideal for individuals with all skin types and tones that are suffering from milder cases of DES.

 

How Does Inmode’s Forma RF Work?

How Does Inmode’s Forma RF Work?

Forma (RF) delivers radiofrequency energy to the obstructed Meibomian gland for the decrease in the harmful bacterial community and allows for free-flowing oil production to prevent the rapid evaporation of your tears, resulting in harmful dry eye symptoms. This advanced treatment is ideal for those looking for immediate results as it can be performed as a stand-alone treatment. This therapy pairs nicely with IPL to further combat DES symptoms.

What Are the Benefits of Forma RF Treatments?

What Are the Benefits of Forma RF Treatments?

  • Immediate improvements of your Dry Eye Syndrome 
  • Non-invasive 
  • Stress-free 
  • Quick total procedure time of 20 minutes or less
  • Treatments are tailored to your specific needs
  • FDA approved 
  • Less aggressive than IPL 
  • Anti-inflammatory  
  • Anti-microbial 
  • High level of clinical efficacy 
  • Optimal results 
  • Facial aesthetic benefits include reduction of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Immediate recovery time

INTENSE PULSED LIGHT (IPL) TREATMENT

Lumecca IPL for Advanced Dry eye Relief

 


What is Inmode Lumecca Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Treatment?

Lumecca IPL is a breakthrough Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) that improves the efficacy of vascular and pigmented lesions. Lumecca IPL technology is revolutionary in the treatment of DES due to its targeting and absorption of abnormal blood vessels resulting in a significant reduction of inflammatory levels along the eyelid margin.

How Does a Lumecca Intense Pulse Light Treatment Work?

How Does a Lumecca Intense Pulse Light Treatment Work?

Lumecca IPL technology works by stimulating the facial tissues through controlled light pulses targeting blood vessels. Lumecca’s IPL treatment’s light energy, wavelengths, pulse rate, and duration are adjusted to each patient’s level or severity of DES.

What Are the Benefits of Lumecca (IPL) Treatment?

What Are the Benefits of Lumecca (IPL) Treatment?

  • Quick in-clinic procedure
  • Decreased Dry Eye Syndrome Symptoms
  • Reduced abnormal blood vessels to alleviate inflammation
  • Inhibits the release of proinflammatory mediators
  • Protects your eyes from excessive water evaporation
  • Same-day recovery for most
  • Slight redness for up to about an hour for some

Don’t Compromise Your Quality of Life by Being Another Dry Eye Statistic!

One-third of Canadians suffer from DES symptoms (CNIB, 2019); you don’t have to be part of this statistic. Through our traditional, innovative, and customizable Dry Eye Syndrome treatment plans, we can help bring back your eye health and improved vision. Because life is worth seeing, clearly. Stop suffering, call us at 1-403-457-0606 to book your thorough assessment for personalized dry eye remedies and other eye concerns at any of our three locations!

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Frequently Asked Questions

There are several risk factors that are associated with with Dry Eye Syndrome including:

  • Age 
  • Gender 
  • Ethnicity
  • Depression  
  • Excessive screen exposure
  • Environmental conditions
  • Hormonal changes 
  • Vitamine surplus or deficiency 
  • Inadequate blinking frequency or magnitude 
  • Contact lens usage 
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Long term use of certain medications ei. Antihistamines and nasal decongestants

DES is extremely common and can be easily, effectively, and resulting symptoms can be non-invasively treated by your trusted optometrist. Depending on the progressive stage indicated by the DES diagnosis, your eye doctor will provide eye care options best suited for your condition including: 

  • Artificial tear drops
  • Lubricant Ointment 
  • Anti-inflammatory Winter Dry Eye package 
  • Restasis or Xiidra 
  • Warm compresses 
  • Cliradex cleansing wipes 
  • Puntual plugs 
  • Nutritional supplements
  • BlephEx Technology 
  • Forma RF 
  • Lumecca IPL

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Lumecca IPL technology works by stimulating the facial tissues through controlled light pulses targeting blood vessels. While Forma (FR) delivers gentle radiofrequency energy to the obstructed Meibomian gland to allow for free-flowing oil production. 

How to prepare: 

  • Avoid too much sun exposure. 
  • Remove makeup and other skin products from skin. 
  • Do not expose your skin to UV light and other artificial products before and in between treatments.
  • Avoid exfoliating or peeling masks prior to appointment. 
  • Avoid aspirin or ibuprofen for a week prior to your appointment.
  • Keep the area clean and dry. 

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Both Forma RF and Lumecca IPL are non-invasive and pain free, however your eye doctor might advise you about a few common side effect including: 

  • Mild mucus discharge 
  • Slight inflammation 
  • Lightening of the skin for darker toned individuals 
  • Slight discomfort 
  • Minimal redness 
  • Possible hair loss at brow and forehead

Inmode’s state of the art technologies of Forma RF and Lumecca IPL has allowed My Optometrist Calgary to shorten the session time to only 15-30 minutes.

The costs associated with the Forma radiofrequency (RF) Dry Eye treatment can vary due to the ever evolving technologies and treatments for DES and the number of sessions based on your dry eye treatment plan. Typically these remedies are not covered by most Insurance companies. Patients can see improvement in as little as one to two sessions, but may need four to receive the full benefits of this revolutionary treatment.

The costs associated with the Lumecca Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Dry Eye treatment can vary due to the ever evolving technologies and treatments for DES and the number of sessions based on your dry eye treatment plan. Typically these remedies are not covered by most Insurance companies. Patients can see improvement in as little as one to two sessions, but may need four to receive the full benefits of this revolutionary treatment.

Both Forma RF and Lumecca IPL are technologies designed to deal with the root of the problem. These advanced treatments not only offer symptom relief, but they work as preventative measures for future DES symptoms.  In addition, there are: 

  • Quick results in as little as one treatment. 
  • Safe treatments that deliver optimal solutions for Dry Eye Syndrome. 
  • FDA approved and regulated.

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