Dry Eye

What is dry eye syndrome?

Our tears are secreted by the lacrimal glands and are supplied with natural oils generated by sebaceous glands located in the eyelids. These glands are called Meibomian glands and when they are not working properly, the tear has a much more watery and volatile composition. This causes it to evaporate more quickly and forces us to blink more frequently in order to hydrate the eye and avoid the sensation of dry eyes.

‍This anomalous situation is known as dry eye syndrome. It is a multifactorial disease whose main symptoms are eye discomfort, impaired vision and instability of the tear film, which can seriously affect the quality of our vision and even cause more serious eye disorders.

Restore tear quality

Dry eye is one of the most annoying eye conditions. It is caused by improper lubrication of the ocular surface. This causes a feeling of dryness or a gritty sensation inside the eye, so that we are forced to blink constantly to try to moisturise the eye, or use artificial tears. The root of the problem lies in the blockage of glands, called meibomian glands, which are responsible for lubricating the tears themselves with natural oils. This causes the tears to be too watery, to evaporate more quickly and to constantly need to blink to re-lubricate the eye.

In our practice we have multiple alternatives to stimulate and improve the normal secretion of these glands and restore the quality of our tears in a very short time.

    Thermotherapy

    By applying a heat-producing mask to the eyelids, the outflow openings of the meibomian glands are unblocked. This improves both the composition and quality of the tears.

    Endoret (blood plasma)

    A small amount of blood is extracted and the plasma is separated from the rest of the blood components by means of a centrifuge mechanism. The plasma obtained is rich in a substance called growth factors, which have great regenerative power. The plasma is given to the patient in single-dose units to be applied over a period of approximately three months. In this way we manage to improve lubrication in a natural way. The plasma has to be kept in the refrigerator during the whole period of application and a unit is taken out every day until the end of the treatment.

    Pulsed light IPL

    This is a very specific type of light that stimulates the secretion of the meibomian glands to improve tear quality. The application of pulsed light is carried out in the consultation room and lasts only a few seconds. Subsequently, the treatment is complemented with the application of a mask with another type of modulated light that produces heat and helps to consolidate the treatment. Normally three sessions are needed to achieve greater effectiveness.

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