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If you have inflammation around the edges of the eyelids or crusting, itching or discomfort, you may suffer from Blepharitis. Whereas if your eyes feel dry, itchy and uncomfortable on a regular basis then you could be suffering from dry eye syndrome.
Here we explain the procedures available at OCL for treating dry eye and blepharitis.
During your consultation, you may be advised that you need a BlephEx™ treatment. BlephEx™ is a proven treatment that effectively removes bacteria and debris, which can build up on the eyelashes causing inflammation associated with Blepharitis. It can be used alongside other treatments or as a sole procedure and is more effective than using eyelid scrubs alone.
The BlephEx™ treatment process involves a handpiece that spins a soft, medical-grade micro-sponge along the edge of each eyelid. It is a painless procedure that gently unblocks the oil glands leaving clean, clear and comfortable eyes.
Most people notice the benefits immediately and together with the dry eye treatment plan that our specialist will discuss with you, you should notice a marked improvement in your dry eye symptoms. Treatments are usually needed twice a year but will be adapted to suit your requirements.
Dry eye disease also occurs due to the presence of abnormal blood vessels under the skin surface. These blood vessels deliver inflammatory markers to the eye whilst also altering the normal function of your meibomian glands.
These glands would usually secrete a runny, oily fluid providing lubrication to your eyes and preventing your tears from evaporating. With meibomian gland dysfunction, the glands become blocked as the oil becomes thicker and prevents runny secretions onto the eye surface. Eventually, this can cause the gland to ‘die out’ causing long term dry eye problems.
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatment utilises light at a specific wavelength which is applied to the surface of the skin around the eyes to destroy the abnormal blood vessels targeting the root cause of the inflammation to the eye and the glands.
The heat created from the treatment also warms the glands and loosens the thickened oils that have clogged the meibomian glands. A manual expression is then carried out after treatment to further release the blockages and increases the function of the glands.
At OCL Vision, we use the latest IPL technology with the Lumenis M22™.
Compared to other IPL systems, the M22™ delivers a consistent level of energy between separate pulses with no energy spikes. This, in turn, creates a much safer treatment whilst allowing a higher, more effective energy level to be used whilst the patented cooled tip also creates a comfortable treatment.
Changeable parameters also mean that the settings can be altered to safely provide IPL treatments for a wider range of skin pigment types and for other facial conditions such as rosacea.
A course of four (4) IPL treatments, spaced 2-3 weeks apart, is usually recommended but this is tailored around the needs of your eyes to ensure you achieve the best possible results.
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You are always at the centre of everything we do. We do not offer a one size fits all approach but rather customise every single treatment to your individual visual needs, so you’ll always get the best procedure for your eyes and your vision.
Our surgeons are known the world over and are some of the best in the country, with over 30,000 completed surgeries between them. We treat many surgeons, doctors and anaesthetists who also refer their friends and family to us as they know they will be in safe hands with our expert surgeons.
We have spared no expense. Eye surgery requires perfect precision, that’s why we have invested in only the latest and most advanced technology. We are not tied into any particular company or manufacturer which means we have complete freedom to choose the best from the many optionsavailable.
Patients need to be able to trust us with their eyes. We are honest with our approach and offer the very best evidence-based treatment with your best interests always at heart. We pride ourselves on recruiting and retaining the best staff in the business to ensure that you are supported throughout every step of your journey.
Lumenis IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) treatment for dry eyes
BlephEx™ treatment for blepharitis
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We also offer 0% interest finance options making it easier to spread the cost of a procedure over up to 24 months.
A minimum 10% deposit is required and the balance is split over your chosen monthly period of either 6, 10, 12, 18 or 24 months at a rate of 0% APR.
Get in touch to find out more about our flexible pricing options and how we can make it work for you.
If you suffer from dry eye, eyelid discomfort or inflammation and would like to discuss potential blepharitis and/or dry eye treatment options, make an enquiry or call on 02039 938 362.
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There are many helpful articles in our help centre that can provide answers to your questions on dry eye and blepharitis treatments. If you can’t find an answer to our specific question, we’re always here to help.
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