When eyes become chronically dry, standard over-the-counter treatments often aren’t enough to alleviate symptoms. Finding a dry eye treatment that doesn’t just temporarily mask symptoms is key. At New Tampa Internal Medicine in Tampa, FL, there is now a solution that targets the root cause of dry eye and offers longer-lasting results.
What Is the Best Treatment for Dry Eyes?
While eye drops can be helpful for occasional, mild forms of dry eye, they are not usually effective for people who suffer from chronic dryness, redness, and itching. A treatment known as “TempSure Envi” actually targets the glands around the eyes that are failing to excrete the oils needed to keep the eyes moist and comfortable.
Using radio frequency technology to gently warm these obstructed glands, TempSure Envi is able to unblock the eyes’ oil ducts, which in turn restores the moisture balance within the eyes. This is a completely non-invasive treatment with no downtime.
Why TempSure Envi Is So Effective
Chronic dry eye syndrome is often caused by a meibomian gland dysfunction that blocks the production of oils within the tear ducts. Unlike dry eye which may be caused by frequent screen use or environmental factors, a meibomian gland dysfunction cannot be effectively treated with eye drops or other over-the-counter remedies.
The best way to restore the natural function of these glands is by heating them, but of course applying heat to the very delicate eye area must be done with extreme caution. This is why TempSure Envi is recommended – it is a completely safe treatment that applies the right amount of heat and pressure to create the desired effect without any risk to the eyes or surrounding tissue.
How This Dry Eye Treatment Works
TempSure Envi has been used for years as a cosmetic treatment to reduce the appearance of crow’s feet and skin laxity around the eyes. It was soon discovered that this treatment could be applied directly to the eyelids as a safe and gentle way to restore meibomian gland function in patients with chronic dry eye.
Since the primary cause of chronic dry eye is Meibomian Gland Dysfunction, finding a solution that is able to revitalize these glands is key. TempSure Envi works by comfortably warming the skin around the tear ducts while gently massaging the surrounding tissue to unclog glands. Results are often felt immediately.
What To Expect
This is a very simple in-office treatment that can be completed within minutes. Patients often notice an improvement in their dry eye symptoms as soon as they leave the office. There is absolutely no downtime required following this treatment. While results are usually immediate, patients may need to schedule periodic follow-up appointments to maintain symptom relief.
Who Is a Good Candidate for TempSure Envi?
The best thing about TempSure Envi is that it is safe and effective for everyone, regardless of age or skin type. This is a very gentle treatment that is safe even for those patients who have severely sun-damaged skin. If you do have signs of aging around the eyes, you may wish to ask about using this radiofrequency treatment to address other issues beyond dry eyes.
Most patients seeking radiofrequency treatment for dry eyes have some degree of Meibomian Gland Dysfunction. If you experience dry, itchy eyes and eye redness on an ongoing basis, it is very likely that you have this condition. If you find that you are using eye drops several times a day without any lasting relief, you will likely be a good candidate for radiofrequency treatment.
What Is Meibomian Gland Dysfunction?
MGD is a very common eye condition that can be caused by medication, autoimmune problems, or simply advancing age. As MGD worsens, it can leave sufferers feeling like they have sand in their eyes. A burning or itching sensation may also develop, and visual clarity is often reduced.
These symptoms develop because the eyes need the natural oils produced by the meibomian glands to function properly. When left untreated, MGD can lead to severe eye inflammation that can affect vision and quality of life.
Best Practices for Dry Eye Sufferers
Since dry eye can become a chronic condition, it is important to develop a good self-care routine to keep symptoms at bay. In addition to scheduling regular TempSure Envi appointments with a qualified practitioner, there are also a few things that can be done at home to avoid symptom recurrence.
Keeping the eye area clean using warm water and a non-soap-based cleanser is important. Maintaining a good moisture balance in your home using a humidifier can also be helpful. Finally, taking an omega-3 fatty acid supplement has been reported as helpful by some patients, but always ask a doctor first before starting a new supplement.
Are You Tired of Living With Dry Eyes?
If you are finding that eye discomfort is affecting your quality of life, it may be time to seek a medically supervised treatment plan. Radiofrequency therapy can be life-changing for chronic dry-eye sufferers, but it is important to find a trained practitioner who is skilled in working with the delicate eye area. Contact us today at New Tampa Internal Medicine in Tampa, FL, to schedule your appointment.