We provide advanced dry eye exam, Lipiflow, Intense Pulse Light (IPL) and Radiofrequency (RF) treatments in Toronto.
At some point, nearly everyone experiences the uncomfortable feeling of dry eyes. However, for some, it may become an ongoing condition that requires treatment. At Richmond University Vision Care we offer management and treatment options for those who suffer from frequent dry eyes.
What is Dry Eye?
Dry eye, also known as ocular surface disease, is a common condition that occurs when your eyes do not produce enough lubrication. Fatty oils, water, and mucus create a complex mixture that helps to maintain a healthy surface for your eyes to provide you with clear vision.
The cause of dry eyes can be varied. Tear production may decrease as a result of the natural aging process, hormonal changes, environmental conditions, inflammation, medication, and other medical conditions.
Common symptoms of dry eyes include:
- Blurred vision
- Contact lens intolerance
- Eye redness
- Gritty sensation
- Sensitivity to light
- Stinging or burning sensation
We currently screen all our patients for dry eye symptoms during comprehensive eye exams, as a thorough exam will help us to determine the cause of your dry eyes.
In moderate to severe cases, our doctors may recommend an advanced dry eye assessment. Equipped with the latest technology, we use the Lipiscan meibography imaging to assess your meibomian glands, and the Firefly dry eye tear analyzer to examine tear quality and tear particles through a non-invasive approach.
After examining the results, we can tailor your treatment accordingly to your condition and needs.
LipiFlow Dry Eye Treatment
Here at Richmond University Vision Care, we are proud to offer LipiFlow Dry Eye Treatment to our patients. This unique treatment is a pain-free, drug-free procedure that involves thermal pulsation (heating and massaging of the inner and outer eyelids) in the unclogging of the meibomian glands. By removing these blockages, your eyes can return to their natural functionality so that your dry eye symptoms are treated with natural tears rather than artificial ones. This treatment is not only extremely effective in treating dry eye, but it is a quick, non-surgical procedure that we can do in a single office visit.
Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD)
Many symptoms of dry eye are a result of Meibomian Gland Dysfunction, which causes blockages that hinder the production of oil, which helps prevent your eyes from drying out. These oils also help protect your eyes from environmental variables that can negatively impact the health of your eyes, not to mention your comfort. Without the protection of these oils, excessive reading and television use, dry climates, and heating and air conditioning can all have adverse effects on your eye health and can contribute to dry eye symptoms.
Is LipiFlow Safe?
At Richmond University Vision Care, we use only the safest, most effective therapy to treat our patients. LipiFlow has proven to be safe and effective and is designed only to apply pressure and heat to the eyelids, so your eye itself is never affected. The treatment takes about 12-15 minutes and has been approved by the FDA since 2011. After the treatment, mild redness and discomfort is minimal and resolves within a few hours. There is no downtime after the treatment.
Our highly trained staff would be happy to help answer any additional questions you may have about your treatment.
Intense Pulse Light (IPL) Dry Eye Treatment
Here at Richmond University Vision Care, our doctors offer Intense Pulse Light (IPL) technology to treat dry eyes.
Chronic dry eye is caused by inflammation within the eyelid and meibomian glands. IPL tackles the root cause by targeting and removing abnormal blood vessels that causes inflammation. The treatment will also help to liquefy clogged oil via heat and help improve the function of the meibomian glands.
How does IPL work?
During the treatment, your doctor will provide goggles or eye shields to protect your eyes. A cooling gel is applied along the periorbital area. Subsequently, gentle pulses of visible light is used to treat the inflammation of the eyelids. Each treatment session takes 20 minutes and patients may have some temporary effects such as mild redness or discomfort, which subsides within a day. For best results, 4 sessions are recommended, every 2-4 weeks.
Am a candidate for IPL?
IPL is not for everyone, and your doctor will assess your candidacy for this treatment. IPL is best recommended for patients with fair skin, Rosacea patients, and patients with inflammation present. Darker skin tones are not recommended for the treatment.