Dry Eye Treatment

Dry eye syndrome, or dry eye disease, is an eye condition that’s characterized by a chronic lack of moisture or lubrication on the eyes’ surface. As a result, your eyes may become highly sensitive to light, inflamed, or even scarred. Dry eyes syndrome occurs when your eyes are unable to produce enough years, or when the quality of tears doesn’t meet the demands of your body.

Several factors may lead to insufficient tear production. These include:

  • Aging
  • Certain medications such as birth control pills, antihistamines, and antidepressants, among others
  • Laser eye surgery
  • Some conditions such as diabetes and lupus, to name a few

Dry weather conditions may lead to faster evaporation of tears, which results in dry eye. As such, people who live in particular climates that are dry and windy may be more susceptible to dry eye.

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Treatment at Lowcountry Vision Care

Intense pulsed light or IPL treatment is a groundbreaking way of treating dry eye. At Lowcountry Vision Care, we’re proud to be one of the pioneer IPL dry eye treatment centers in Pawleys Island.

IPL treatment involves the use of light to liquefy hardened oils clogging the Meibomian glands. These glands are responsible for the production of meibum, which is an oily substance that prevents the evaporation of tears. IPL treatment also treats the inflammation, thus reducing redness and restoring the normal function of your eye’s internal glands.

What to Expect During Your IPL Treatment Appointment

During your appointment with our eye doctor in Pawleys Island, the doctor will start your treatment by placing protection shields over your eyes. Next, the doctor will apply the cooling gel over the treatment area to regulate temperatures and prevent overheating during treatment.

After this, the doctor will utilize a small device to direct pulses of light to the area around your eyelids. These light pulses heat up and liquefy the hardened oils inside your Meibomian glands. Once the oils have liquefied, the doctor will manually express the oils, thus restoring normal oil flow.

Typically, our patients begin to feel some improvement after a single session of IPL treatment. However, the full eradication of dry eye syndrome requires at least four treatment sessions spread over four months.

At Lowcountry Vision Care, we take each patient’s unique circumstances into consideration, and as such, our doctor may recommend additional eye therapies to go with IPL treatment.