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Cutting-Edge Treatments for Dry Eye Relief

Let’s end the frustration of red eyes, inflammation, and irritation from dry eye.

We’re thrilled to introduce our state-of-the-art Dry Eye Suite! Featuring IPL InMode technology and radiofrequency treatment.

Say hello to mornings free of discomfort and rediscover the joy of clear, comfortable vision.

Understanding Dry Eye Syndrome

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Dry eye syndrome (DES) is more than occasional discomfort. It occurs when there is a disruption in the delicate balance between tear production and drainage. This imbalance leads to unpleasant symptoms, including itching, burning, redness, and even eye pain.

When there is a disruption in the delicate balance between tear production and drainage, it affects the three essential layers of the tear film:

Mucin Layer:

This innermost layer, made up of mucin-producing cells on the eye's surface, ensures an even spread of tears over the eye's surface.

Aqueous Layer:

The middle layer is a watery solution produced by the lacrimal glands. It provides nourishment and moisture to the cornea.

Lipid Layer:

The outermost layer is a thin, oily film secreted by the meibomian glands. It prevents the evaporation of tears and helps maintain a stable tear film.

Environmental factors, age, and certain medical conditions can contribute to the development of dry eye.

At Shelburne Primary EyeCare, our optometrists, Dr. Colette Whiting and Dr. Sandra Gillis-Kennedy, diagnose the root cause of your dry eyes and provide solutions for lasting relief.


Signs You Might Have Dry Eye Syndrome

If any of these symptoms resonate with you, it’s time to seek help:

  • Gritty, itchy, or stinging eyes
  • Excessive tearing and discharge
  • Eyes that feel tired or dry
  • Increased light sensitivity
  • Regular use of eye drops

Discomfort that escalates throughout the day

Dry Eye Treatments We Offer at Shelburne Primary EyeCare

Dry Eye Care with IPL InMode

Experience the future of dry eye treatment with our state-of-the-art IPL InMode technology. This advanced technique targets the underlying causes of dry eyes, promoting healthy tear production and relieving discomfort. IPL InMode technology uses intense pulsed light to stimulate the glands around your eyes. Our expert team will customize this treatment to your unique needs, ensuring you experience the full benefits.

Elevate Tear Quality with Radiofrequency

Experience the benefits of radiofrequency in dry eye treatment. This advanced technique gently encourages collagen production for improved tear quality. Our expert team will customize this treatment to your unique needs, ensuring you experience the full benefits.

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However, the specific symptoms that can be treated with these technologies can vary. Here are some common skin concerns that IPL and RF are often used to address:

IPL (Intense Pulsed Light):

  1. Rosacea: IPL can help alleviate redness and visible blood vessels associated with rosacea.
  2. Vascular Lesions: IPL can be used to target and reduce the appearance of vascular lesions like spider veins and broken capillaries.
  3. Fine Lines and Wrinkles: While not as effective as some other treatments, IPL may contribute to the improvement of fine lines and wrinkles.
  4. Acne: IPL can target and reduce acne lesions, particularly those with red or brown pigmentation.

Radiofrequency (RF):

  1. Skin Tightening: RF is commonly used to stimulate collagen production, leading to improved skin elasticity and reduced sagging. This can be particularly effective for facial and body skin tightening.
  2. Wrinkle Reduction: RF treatments can help minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by promoting collagen remodeling.
  3. Cellulite Reduction: RF may be used to improve the appearance of cellulite by tightening the skin and promoting collagen production.
  4. Acne Scarring: RF treatments can contribute to the improvement of acne scars by stimulating collagen formation and remodeling.
  5. Stretch Marks: RF may help improve the appearance of stretch marks by stimulating collagen production and promoting skin tightening.

It’s important to note that the effectiveness of IPL and RF treatments can vary based on individual skin types and conditions.

Here are some dry eye symptoms that may be addressed with IPL, specifically in cases of Meibomian gland dysfunction:

  1. Burning or Stinging Sensation: IPL treatments may help reduce the discomfort associated with a burning or stinging sensation on the surface of the eyes.
  2. Redness: For individuals with red or bloodshot eyes due to dryness, IPL may have a positive impact by addressing the underlying gland dysfunction.
  3. Blurred Vision: Dry eye can cause temporary blurred vision, and addressing the Meibomian gland dysfunction with IPL may contribute to clearer vision.
  4. Grittiness or Foreign Body Sensation: IPL may help alleviate the feeling of having a foreign body or grittiness in the eyes.
  5. Light Sensitivity: Dry eyes can sometimes lead to increased sensitivity to light, and IPL treatments may help manage this symptom.

It’s important to note that the use of IPL for dry eye treatment is a relatively new and evolving area of research, and not all eye care professionals may offer this option.

Additional Dry Treatments We Offer

In addition to our primary treatments, we provide a diverse range of complementary solutions to elevate your journey towards dry eye relief:


BlephEx® is a painless, in-office procedure. Utilizing a revolutionary patented handpiece, BlephEx® precisely spins a soft medical-grade micro-sponge along the edge of your eyelids and lashes. This process eliminates years of accumulated bacterial biofilm, akin to a dental cleaning removing plaque.

PRN Omega Benefits:

Explore the revolutionary "De3'' Formula for dry or irritated eyes. Supported by a clinical study, taking 2240 mg of EPA/DHA in the re-esterified triglyceride form (rTG) for 90 days has improved occasional dry eye discomfort. This patented formula is a testament to its efficacy in enhancing the quality of oil produced by tear glands.

ZEST Treatments:

ZEST (Zocular Eyelid System Treatment) is an okra-based solution with a micro sponge applicator, delicately exfoliating dead cells, debris, and biofilms accumulating on lid margins. This process contributes to reducing inflammation, infection, and irritation.

Bihocl O.D.:

A safe and potent antimicrobial solution for specialized eye care and daily ocular health. This product complements existing treatment protocols for dry eye disease, blepharitis, meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD), and similar conditions. It is suitable for daily use and establishes the foundation for optimal daily eye hygiene.

Bruder Mask:

Representing a breakthrough in dry eye relief, the Bruder Mask utilizes moist heat therapy to warm the eyelids, unclogging meibomian glands. This process promotes healthy tear production and enhances tear quality. Embrace this non-invasive, drug-free approach for relaxation, alleviating tension and fatigue in the eyes.

Hot Compresses for Dry Eye

Experience the soothing benefits of hot compresses for dry eyes. This simple yet effective treatment involves applying a warm compress to your closed eyelids to help unclog blocked glands, promote healthy tear production, and alleviate discomfort. Our team will guide you through the proper technique, ensuring you experience the full benefits of this natural and relaxing solution.

Eye Drops for Dry Eyes

While over-the-counter eye drops provide temporary relief, consulting our experienced eye doctors for a customized approach is essential. We offer a range of specialized eye drops tailored to your specific needs. These prescription-strength solutions target the root cause of your dry eyes, providing long-lasting relief and improved eye health.

Vitamins and Foods That Relieve Dry Eye Syndrome

Nutrition plays a crucial role in eye health, particularly for DES patients. Our experts will guide you on incorporating essential vitamins and foods into your diet to support healthy tear production and alleviate discomfort. From omega-3 fatty acids to specific vitamin supplements, we’ll help you make informed choices for optimal eye health.

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MYAH: A Diagnostic Tool for Dry Eye

MYAH is not a treatment but an innovative tool for assessing and managing dry eye. This advanced device provides precise measurements and comprehensive analysis, enabling us to create a personalized treatment plan that addresses your dry eye concerns.

Ready to experience the comfort of clear, hydrated eyes? Contact the dedicated team at Shelburne Primary EyeCare to schedule your appointment