New technology brings relief

SES, 28 April 2020

Taking the battle to dry eye

We recently launched an exciting new service – IPL technology that delivers fast, effective relief for patients suffering from Dry Eye or Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD).

A lot of work has gone in behind the scenes bringing this exciting technology to Southern Eye Specialists. So we were understandably proud to receive great feedback from patients who’ve experienced the treatment over the last two months.

The Optima Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) machine uses advanced light-based technology to heat, liquefy and loosen oils in the Meibomian glands. These wavelengths of light range from 515nm to 1200nm, and target specific chromophores on the skin. With this treatment a trained specialist can unclog glands and stimulate production of oils around the eye. Patients receive relief from conditions such as Dry Eye and its root cause, Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD).

“We all have patients where traditional treatments such as lid cleaning and eyedrops are not enough to manage the symptoms of dry eye,” says Dr Logan Robinson. “We needed to find something to help these patients and, based on good scientific evidence, believe IPL is the best treatment to do that.” 

“Our aim is to improve the quality of life for patients with severe dry eye symptoms in the most efficient and effective way possible. It’s why we’re so happy to now introduce this technology.”

Several patients have commented it felt more like a day spa than a medical process!

It’s a fast, safe process that is gentle and non-invasive. We’ve invested in making the treatment environment as relaxing as possible too. Several patients have commented it felt more like a day spa than a medical process! These patients have appreciated this is a drug-free and drop-free treatment as well. Compared to the traditional treatments, such as lid cleaning and eye drops, there are no challenging schedules to follow.

Most patients will require multiple treatments to improve their MGD. However with marked reduction in the use of medications and long-lasting results the IPL treatment is proving a winner for Christchurch dry eye sufferers.