Most people would not consider dry eyes to be a serious eye health condition, but when left untreated, it can affect your vision and health. At EYECARE for You, serving Richboro, PA, and the surrounding areas, we provide innovative treatments for dry eyes, including low-level light therapy. Let's learn more about this great treatment option.
What Is Dry Eye Syndrome?
Dry Eye Syndrome is an eye condition in which the tear glands do not produce enough tears. When this happens, the eyes can become dry, irritated, red, and itchy. Since over-the-counter eye drops do not help to resolve your dry eyes, you may need to make an appointment with our optometrist, Dr. Joyce.
Dry eyes can be caused by a number of reasons. One common cause of this condition is medication. You will want to discuss your medications with your eye doctor. They will evaluate your medication to see if that is the cause.
Other causes can be over-exposure to blue light. Blue light is emitted from computer screens, phones, and tablets. If you are not managing your screen time wisely, it can start to cause eye problems. If you must be on the computer for long hours for work or school, you may want to invest in blue-light filtering lenses. Additionally, studies show that we blink less frequently in front of digital devices, which leaves our eyes chronically dry with continued screen time.
Dry eyes can also be caused by hormonal changes or tear duct disorders.
How Can Low-Level Light Treatment Help?
Low-level laser (light) therapy (LLLT) is a fast-growing technology used to treat a multitude of conditions, including some types of dry eye disease. LLLLT stimulates healing, relieves pain and inflammation, and helps restore the function of the meibomian (oil) glands in the eyelids.
During a session, a mask is applied to the eye area. This mask will gently heat up, warming the eyelids and increasing tissue repair and healing. This helps to decrease inflammation on the ocular surface and unclog blocked meibomian glands.
Low-Level Light Therapy is painless and non-invasive, and most patients even report that it is pleasant and relaxing. If you are looking for an all-natural dry eye treatment, this could be a good option for you.
To learn more about our eye care services, contact us at EYECARE for You, serving Richboro, PA, and the surrounding areas. We will be happy to answer your questions today. Call your local office today (215) 485-5384 .