How is Ocular Surface disease treated?
In some cases symptoms can be relieved by altering the external influences mentioned above. Simple changes in environmental factors can help – for example avoidance of dehydrating factors such as air conditioning or regular breaks away from work on computer screens. Protecting your eyes from other factors such as cold wind with spectacles or sunglasses may also help.
Your treatment may include in-practice procedures and at-home therapies depending on the cause of your ocular discomfort and/or signs of ocular surface disease.
Meibomian Gland Dysfunction accounts for 86% of ocular surface disease that can lead to irreversible structural and functional changes if left untreated.
At-home therapies could include a combination of moist heat mask use and massage, eyelid scrubs, eye drops, prescription medications, blinking exercises and Omega-3 diet supplementation.
Our in-practice treatments include:
- LipiFlow Thermal Pulsation treatment
- E>Eye Intense Pulsed Light treatment
- BlephEx Microblepharoexfoliation for deep cleaning of the eye lashes and eye lid margins
- Tea tree oil & 40 day Cliradex treatment for Demodex blepharitis
- Fitting of Dissolvable and Permanent punctal plugs to create a reservoir of tears
There is no cure for ocular surface disease but it can be managed well with treatments once the cause is understood. We offer flexible payment plans to cover your ongoing clinical care and home delivery of products for ocular surface health maintenance.
Book a consultation today by calling us on 01432 265030.
BBBR Optometry is one of the few UK practices that can offer LipiFlow Thermal Pulsation treatment to decongest blocked oil-producing glands to help restore their function and improve symptoms. The safety and effectiveness of the LipiFlow System have been shown in clinical studies and are supported by years of scientific research.
The Lipiflow uses a special eyepiece which delivers heat and gentle pulsating pressure over a 12-minute cycle to treat the meibomian glands. The heating of the underside of the eyelid helps liquify any blockages in the glands and the pulsating pressure moves the blockages along to the gland opening.
E-Eye is a device which uses IRPL® (Intense Regulated Pulsed Light) to help treat dry eye caused by Meibomian Gland Dysfunction. The light pulse algorithm is designed to act on the parasympathetic nervous system to stimulate and re-boot the meibomian glands. This ensures the glands produce natural oils which maintain the tear film structure. A similar treatment is used by dermatologists for the treatment of conditions such as rosacea. E>Eye uses a lower energy light for the treatment of MGD.
The procedure only takes a few minutes per eye and a series of three treatments will be required to ensure the treatment is effective and long-lasting. The benefits can last between 6 months- 2 years following treatment.