Dry eye

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What is dry eye syndrome?

Our tears are secreted by the lacrimal glands and receive the contribution of natural oils generated by sebaceous glands located in the eyelids. These glands are called Meibomian glands and when they do not work properly the tear presents 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 eye. ‍This abnormal situation is known as dry eye syndrome.

It is a multifactorial disease whose main symptoms are ocular discomfort, vision alteration and tear film instability that can seriously affect the quality of our vision and even cause more serious eye disorders.

Different degrees of obstruction of the meibomian glandso

How to treat it?

Currently the best solution is IPL pulsed light treatment. In our center we have the latest technology to perform this type of treatment. It is the EYE-LIGHT system that stimulates the meibomian glands by means of two types of light. ‍OPE: It is a polychromatic light that, thanks to thermal pulses, stimulates the meibomian glands to resume their normal function. Applied in the periorbital area and the cheekbone, it stimulates the contraction of the glands, increasing the flow of lipids and reducing tear evaporation. ‍LiGHT MODULATION: it is an exclusive photobiomodulation (PBM) technology used for many years in various fields of medicine (dermatology, dentistry, etc.) The emission of a certain wavelength from a light source triggers an endogenous heating of the eyelids. This treatment facilitates the secretion of the meibomian glands by stabilizing the lipid layer of the tear.

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Treatment is contraindicated in the following cases:

  • Pregnancy
  • In the presence of metallic piercings in the area to be treated.
  • Epilepsy
  • Taking photosensitizing drugs
  • Taking long-lasting corticosteroid drugs

In case of taking medications such as anti-inflammatories, anticoagulants, antibiotics and antihistamines, please advise your doctor.

Risks and complications

Like other pulsed light treatments, it can cause side effects; the most common include transient erythema (redness), itching and edema (swelling), and transient hyperpigmentation. The equipment emits a strong intense light that can cause, if you do not have good protection, temporary eye disorders. For this reason, the patient must wear protective glasses, provided by the doctor before treatment.

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