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OPTOMETRIC TREATMENTS

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Neurolenses

If you are struggling with eye strain, neck pain, headaches, dizziness, dry eye, blurry vision, light sensitivity or motion sickness, it could be caused by eye misalignment. Neurolenses use a contoured design to provide more prism where it is needed most, which corrects eye misalignment and eliminates symptoms. Neurolens assessments are free for current patients, but you don’t need to be a patient at Brantford Optometry to schedule an assessment. 

How does the treatment work?

Neurolenses use a "contoured prism" design to help the eyes align properly when focusing on near objects, such as your computer, phone or book. Unlike traditional prism lenses, the contoured prism increases and decreases as you shift your focus from close to distant. This reduces the effort needed to maintain focus on near objects, which helps reduce symptoms of eye strain.

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Fractional Bipolar Radiofrequency Treatment

Morpheus8 is a microneedling device that uses radiofrequency to penetrate deep into the skin and improve the appearance of dark undereyes, puffy undereyes or droopy eyelids. Morpheus8 is an effective option for tightening and toning the delicate skin around the eyes to achieve a smoother and sleeker appearance, and an excellent alternative to dermal filler.

How does the treatment work?

This treatment works in two ways: First, the microscopic needles create stimulate collagen production. Also, once the needles have penetrated the skin, they emit heat from radiofrequency energy waves to tighten the deeper layers of skin and fat. This process is known as subdermal adipose remodeling.

How many treatments will I need?

Many patients experience noticeable improvements after just a a couple of sessions. Typically, you will need at least 1-5 treatment sessions (with 1-3 being most common) but our specialists will determine the appropriate number. ​

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Radiofrequency Therapy

Forma-I is a device that uses radiofrequency to penetrate deep into the skin to improve symptoms of dry eyes as well as improve the appearance of dark undereyes, puffy undereyes or droopy eyelids. Forma-I is an effective option for tightening and toning the delicate skin around the eyes to achieve a smoother and sleeker appearance, and an excellent alternative to dermal filler.

How does the treatment work?

This treatment uses radiofrequency energy waves to heat the skin and fat around the eyes, which improves circulation, reduces inflammation and remove blockages in the meibomian glands to support for healthy tear production. 

How many treatments will I need?

Many patients experience noticeable improvements after just a a couple of sessions. Typically, you will need at least 3-4 but our specialists will determine the appropriate number. ​

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Lumecca-I Device

Intense Pulsed Light Therapy 

Lumecca-I is a device that uses non-laser, high-intensity light sources to improve symptoms of dry eyes and chalazions, as well as improve the appearance of dark undereyes and puffy undereyes by targeting and removing pigmented or damaged skin cells.

How does the treatment work?

When the skin is exposed to certain wavelengths of light, it gets rid of pigmented or damaged cells, Unlike other kinds of lasers, Intense Pulsed Light devices can emit more than one wavelength of light, so it is able to treat multiple conditions at the same time. Additionally, in the treatment of dry eyes, this light can target blood vessels around the eye to helps to decrease inflammation and remove blockages in the meibomian glands, which is important for healthy tear production.  

How many treatments will I need?

Many patients experience noticeable improvements after just a a couple of sessions. Typically, you will need at least 3-4 treatment sessions, but our specialists will determine the appropriate number. ​

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Tools used for meibomian gland expression​

Meibomian Gland Expression

When your meibomian glands are clogged, they don’t produce enough oil, which causes your tears to evaporate before they have a chance to moisturize your eyes. This is called meibomian gland dysfunction, which is a common condition that contributes to dry eyes. 

Meibomian gland expression is a therapeutic technique in which an eye care professional applies gentle pressure to the eyelids, encouraging the release of the thickened or blocked oil from the meibomian glands, which improves the flow of natural oils. This procedure can be performed manually or with a device that provides controlled heat and pressure to soften and express the gland secretions. Regular meibomian gland expression can be an important part of managing dry eye, often in combination with warm compresses, eyelid hygiene, artificial tears, or in some cases, medication.

 

While meibomian gland expression is generally safe, it can cause temporary discomfort or minor eyelid redness. It is very important that this treatment is performed by a trained eye care professional to reduce potential risks.

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Example of a punctal plug

Punctal Plugs

Punctal plugs, also known as tear duct plugs, are small devices that are inserted into the tear ducts in the corners of the eyelids, where they block the drainage of tears. By slowing or preventing the drainage of tears, punctal plugs are used to reduce the symptoms of dry eyes.

The plugs, which are no larger than a grain of rice, are made from biocompatible materials, such as silicone or collagen. There are two types of punctal plugs: temporary and permanent. Temporary plugs are dissolvable and typically used as a trial to assess their effectiveness. If they are successful, permanent plugs, which can last for months or even years, may be considered.

 

The procedure to insert punctal plugs is typically quick and painless. Patients often experience immediate relief from dry eye symptoms and there is little to no downtime. As with any medical procedure, there are potential risks and side effects, such as mild irritation, itching, or rarely, infection.

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