What can be done to treat dry eye?
Low-Level Light Therapy (LLLT)
Developed by NASA, LLLT has proven effective at treating dry eye disease. LLLT uses specially designed LED lights to gently warm up the eyelids, causing the meibomian glands to unclog and release oils.
- Safe, non-invasive procedure
- 15 minutes per session
- No recovery time needed
- No side effects or discomfort
It’s quick and painless! Simply lay back with the Equinox mask on and relax as the warm light clears your glands.
May also help decrease the appearance of facial wrinkles, acne, and rosacea.
What causes dry eye?
Dry eye is caused by inflammation on the surface of the eye which can be triggered by a variety of factors such as:
- Dry, dusty, or windy climate
- Insufficient blinking (such as when you’re
staring at a computer screen)
- Long-term contact lens wear
- Medication side effects
- Eye surgery
Often, dry eye is caused by blocked Meibomian glands. These are the glands that make the oily, outer layer of the tears.
A blockage can create: Insufficient tear film thickness and tears without enough lipid layer to hold them together.
Tears are essential for good eye health
After a blink, a tear film coats the surface of the eye and performs many functions for your benefit:
- Tears prevent dryness by coating and lubricating the surface of the eye.
- Tears supply oxygen and nutrients to the surface of the cornea.
- Tears form a barrier from infection and irritants washing away foreign substances.
- Tears help to heal damage to the surface of the eye.
- Tears create a smooth surface on the eye to help you to see more clearly.
Healthy tears maintain a stable tear film over the eye between blinks. If the tear film is not thick enough or doesn’t have enough lipid layer (the outer layer that holds the tear together), the tear can break apart and expose the surface of the eye. If this happens regularly, dry eye disease may result.
Find out if you suffer from dry eye?
Dry Eye Test (OSDI-6). Mark the number that best describes your answer.
If your score is 4 or higher you have symptoms associated with dry eye disease and should ask your eye doctor about further dry eye testing.