Always striving to provide our patients with the latest technology in the treatment and management of ocular disease and vision, Valarie Jerome Optometrists is pleased to announce the new addition of IPL (Intense Pulse Light) treatments with OptiClear at our practice here in Newbury.
This clinically proven IPL technology is used to treat those who suffer from dry eyes or rosacea.
Dry eye disease (DED) is one of the most common conditions I see in clinic. Dry eye disease has a significant impact on quality of life because of symptoms including foreign body sensation, pain, blurred vision, dryness or watery eyes. Risk factors for dry eyes include skin disorders, peri-menopausal and menopausal changes, environmental conditions, long hours on the computer and poor hygiene.
In more than 80% of dry eyes, the cause is a permanent and mostly unnoticed inflammation of the lid margin called blepharitis. In this case, the oil glands produce too little and at the same time get plugged with solidified secretions. This leads to an unstable tears where the eyes are constantly irritated, burning and watering. Treatment is complex and multifactorial, and in some cases undetected bacteria and mites can also be contributors.
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) therapy is the newest and most promising form of in office therapy for chronic blepharitis and dry eyes. IPL can causally stop the chronic inflammatory processes, can eliminate bacteria and mites that live in our lash follicles, and can restimulate the meibomian glands themselves to work better. IPL is a long term solution to dry eyes and can greatly minimise the use of eyedrops.
In addition to treating dry eyes, IPL treatment can also
Patients will undergo a pre-treatment evaluation to check suitability of this treatment for their individual needs and skin type prior to the first IPL treatment. The pre-treatment evaluation will include an at home care kit with lid cleaner, hot compress for eyes and the best dry eye drops for each patient. We ask that all patients receiving IPL treatments have an up to date eye examination done with us or at your own optometrist/opticians.
If you would like to book in for your IPL dry eye consultation, please phone us on 01635 528844 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For prices for IPL please visit https://www.drvalariejerome.com/uploads/1/2/6/6/126649528/fee_schedule_-_master_copy.pdf
Dr Valarie Jerome
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