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New Dry Eye Solutions

New Long Term Solutions To Dry Eye

There have been recent significant  advances in  the successful long term treatment of people who suffer from chronic dry eye. 

Currently 30 % of the  population suffers  from frustrating dry eye, and a proportion of these people  live with chronic dry eye. The major cause of chronic dry eye  is a poor tear surfacing of the cornea due to  blockage and wasting away of the of eye lid  Meibomian glands. These  eyelid changes result in reduced or no  Meibomian  oil secretion into the tear layer,   leading  to   tear evaporation and dry eye.

The standard  treatment options to date have  been lubricating eye drops, Omega 3 fish oil and hot towel compress. Unfortunately they only  provide  temporary relief.

We have  new technology that now gives people  with dry eye the chance of a long term  positive outcome. This new technology  has resulted in  significant increase  in successful long term treatment of dry eye.  

This new technology  includes:

 Blephasteam

This is an eyelid warming goggle unit that incorporates a heating device chamber that uses localised latent  heat up to  temperatures  high enough to melt  solidified Meiboman gland oils and  obstructions, resulting in the  re establishment of a protective tear film.

          IPL ( Intense Pulsed Light ) This device uses  the  latent heat energy of the intense light  pulses to both stimulate the nerves of the Meibomean glands  to return them  to their normal function,  and to  melt solidified oils and so  creating a thicker protective tear film. This is currently the most effective and successful treatment for dry eye, resulting in up to 86 % success rate




Although the majority of dry eye is associated with Meibomean gland dysfunction,  not all can be treated with the above technology. In  some people the Meibomean gland dysfunction and wasting has progressed to the point where they are no longer able to secrete oils. 


Before any treatment taking place at our practice we conduct a through Dry Eye Assessment   to ensure that  people  who undertake either of the above two treatments have a high likelihood of success.  

Please call 03 9398 3098 or 03 9398 1344 to book your Dry Eye Assessment.


PS See our blog post for more videos of how the Blephasteam and IPL treatments  work :