Your Treatment Options
AFT Laser Treatment
AFT is the next generation of intense pulsed light (IPL) used to target and clear the vascular lesions—malformed blood vessels—that are responsible for rosacea. Half of people with rosacea experience ocular symptoms, and these ocular symptoms can show up even before any facial symptoms appear. Unfortunately, the lesions that cause rosacea will not go away without proper treatment. They do, however, respond well to laser and light-based therapy, including AFT.
AFT works by sending light energy to the blood vessels. When the blood vessels absorb this energy, they shrink and collapse. The average patient requires 4-6 AFT treatments, which we schedule 3-6 weeks apart.
BlephEX® is a new, in-office procedure that allows your doctor to take an active role in treating dry eye and blepharitis. BlephEx® removes excess bacteria, biofilm, and bacterial toxins, the main causes of inflammatory dry eye and lid disease. With regular treatments, patients finally enjoy a life free from the chronic and irritating symptoms associated with dry eye and blepharitis. Learn more about BlephEx or watch this short video showing how BlephEx works.
LipiFlow is a new treatment for dry eye caused by tears evaporating too fast. This type of dry eye is called evaporative dry eye and is caused by blockage in the eyelids’ oil-producing glands, or Meibomian glands. LipiFlow is a 12-minute procedure done in your doctor’s office. Learn more about how Lipiflow treatment could relieve your dry eye.
We are excited to announce that we recently added the NuLids System as an at-home treatment option for Dry Eye. NuLids is a simple, yet advanced, medical device that helps reduce dry eye discomfort by gently massaging and stimulating the Meibomian Glands in the upper and lower lids. The Meibomian Glands produce oil that is released onto the tear film creating an effective barrier to tear evaporation. When patients have compromised Meibomian Glands, the quality and/or quantity of the oil produced by the glands becomes insufficient or unstable. When this occurs, it can lead to Evaporative Dry Eye. Nulids aids in the production and flow of this oil from the glands onto the tear film. The NuLids device is very safe, effective and can be easily fit into a daily routine. Ask us more about the NuLids System at your next visit.
We are pleased to announce that TrueTear® is now available at Brenart Eye Clinic. TrueTear® is a non-invasive treatment option for Dry Eye that works by stimulating the body to produce natural tears. This technology is the first of its kind in eye care and offers patients a drug-free and drop-free option for their Dry Eye symptoms. By using state-of-the-art neurostimulation technology, the tip of the device emits tiny pulses of energy to stimulate a nerve inside the nasal cavity, and the tear glands respond by temporarily making more of your own natural tears (that include proteins and lipids). Ask one of our Optometrists about TrueTear® at your next appointment and learn more about why this could be the right option for you!
Punctal plugs are small medical devices that are inserted into the tear duct to block the duct. This prevents the drainage of liquid from the eye, increasing the eye’s tear film and surface moisture. Generally, there are two types of punctal plugs: semi-permanent, which are typically made out of a long-lasting materials such as silicone; and dissolvable, which are made out of a materials such as collagen that the body eventually absorbs.
To fit patient’s unique needs, punctal plugs have many designs and shapes, including:
- Umbrella: These types do not “disappear” into the tear duct, making them easy to spot and remove if necessary.
- Tapered: This design exerts extra force horizontally to help keep the punctal plug in its proper place.
- Hollow: A hollowed interior can help the punctal plug adhere to the shape of the eye’s tear duct.
- Reservoir: This style captures and holds tears, which helps reduce foreign body sensation and increase comfort.
- Slanted or low-profile cap: This design can help maintain comfort, while providing extra stability.