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For eye care professionals

Keeping Your Patients' Eyes Fit with TearStim

16 December 2019

Dry eye syndrome is one of the most common eye conditions around the world, and is a popular reason for people visiting their optician for advice.
Dry eye syndrome is one of the most common eye conditions around the world, and is a popular reason for people visiting their optician for advice. Having dry eyes can be incredibly inconvenient and uncomfortable, with symptoms including a burning sensation, itchy eyes or red eyes.
 
Current treatment includes things like artificial tears, as well as general advice such as taking breaks during computer use to help reduce the symptoms of dry eyes. However, many conventional methods will only provide a short-term solution to what is a long-term problem.
 
With around 20% of the world’s population suffering from dry eyes, it’s important that you are able to offer your patients effective and lasting treatment to enhance their vision.
 

Introducing a new treatment for dry eye

Modern living conditions and fast-paced work life can contribute towards dry eye syndrome. For example, intense work at digital screens, diet, dry indoor air and even contact lenses can all play a factor in a patient developing dry eyes.
 
Dry eye syndrome is usually caused by the meibomian glands not functioning properly. While eye drops can alleviate this, they only do so temporarily.
 
TearStim is a new, innovative treatment now available from Essilor. It offers a long-lasting solution to help the meibomian glands function properly again, therefore remedying the underlying cause of dry eye syndrome.
 

How does the treatment work?

Using Intense Regulated Pulsed Light technology (IRPL), TearStim emits light pulses below the eye to painlessly stimulate the nerve. In turn, this releases neurotransmitters that help produce the secretion of the meibomian glands. This treatment help to restore normal functionality.
 
TearStim will also contribute towards a better quality gland secretion, and helps to stabilise the lipid layer of the tear film.
 

Performing dry eye treatment on your patients

The treatment itself only takes a few minutes, and is easy to carry out. Covering the patients eyes with protector shells, you will be required to apply a gel before aiming a series of 8-10 light pulses at the area below the eyes. This is carried out on both eyes.
 
TearStim will help to keep your patients’ eyes fit after only 3 sessions, with effects lasting anywhere from 6 months to 3 years. It is recommended that your patients come back for an annual booster session of a single treatment.
 
With 90% patient satisfaction and rapid improvement within hours, it’s a simple yet state-of-the-art solution for managing dry eye syndrome.

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