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Treatments offered in clinic :

  • IPL
  • LLLT (Low Level Light Therapy)
  • Lipiflow
  • Blepharoexfoliation

 

Do I have dry eyes?

Symptoms :

7 symptoms to watch out for

  • Burning eyes
  • Foreign body/sand sensation
  • Watery eyes
  • Itchy eyes
  • Dry eyes
  • Eye fatigue/discomfort
  • Fluctuating vision (with blinking)

Asymptomatic :

It is possible to have dry eyes without symptoms, a light or moderate condition can have symptoms are subtle or not present yet. A severe condition can also lower eye sensitivity.

 

Risk factors

  • Screen use
  • Medication use
  • Refractive laser eye surgery
  • Contact lens wear
  • Age
  • Genetics

 

Do I need a dry eye treatment?

Yes if I have :

  • Meibomian gland loss
  • Eyelid margin teleangiectasia (abnormal small vessels)
  • Presence of a parasite (Demodex Follicurum) at the base of the eyelashes
  • Inflammation signs on the ocular surface

Why do I need it?

  • To prevent irreversible damage to the ocular surface and eyelid margins
  • So that the pathology doesn’t evolve into the inflammatory cycle (between the tears and the ocular surface). At that point, the disease is much harder to control.

 

 

Evaluation

The dry eye evaluation is a thorough analysis of your eyes (eyelids, ocular surface, glands and eyelashes) and your symptoms. In 1 hour, we take the time to answer all of your questions and establish a treatment plan.

You can be referred by your optometrist to do a dry eye evaluation or you can book directly. Following an eye exam at Philémon, we could recommend you to do the dry eye evaluation as well.

 

Book an appointment for a dry eye evaluation

 

IPL Treatment

IPL is a cheeks and eyelids treatment with intense flashes of light (not a laser) that target chromophore pigments in vessels, te selectively destroy eyelid teleangiectasias (abnormal fine vesses on the eyelid margin). IPL also has anti-inflammatory effects and stimulates tear secretion. Our IPL is gel free. A standard treatment is 4 visits.  

LLLT Treatment (Low-Level-Light Therapy)

LLLT is mask of red LEDs (sometimes combined with a blue mask with bacterial or demodex blepharitis) that stimulates Meibomian gland function by acting on the mitochondria of the producing cells. The heat generated by the process also melts the meibum. A standard treatment is 4 visits.

Lipiflow Treatment

Lipiflow is a thermal Meibomian gland expression treatment that uses activators placed on the eye surface underneath the eyelids (like contact lenses). While low heat is applied on the glands, a light massage is applied on the eyelids. A treatment is one session lasting 12 minutes.

Blepharoexfoliation Treatment

Blepharoexfoliation is the cleaning of the eyelash base and eyelid margin to remove lash secretions and biofilm that block the Meibomian gland openings. Can be done alone, but is included in the first session of all of our treatments.

  

Treatment plans

All treatment plans include the evaluation (200$) and the follow up 3 months after the last treatment.

Complete Treatment 2100$

4 Eyelight sessions (IPL and LLLT combined), one blepharoexfoliation and one Lipiflow treatment

Lipiflow Treatment 1300$

One blepharoexfoliation and one Lipiflow treatment

Eyelight Treatment 1400$

4 Eyelight session (IPL and LLLT combined) and one blepharoexfoliation

 

Following your treatment, the optometrist will discuss a maintenance plan including necessary products (omega-3s, eyelid hygiene, etc.) as well as a maintenance treatment calendar.

 

Other treatments (no evaluation included)

Blepharoexfoliation treatment 200$

Maintenance treatment (every 6 to 12 months) 300$

 

Insurance?

The vast majority of insurance plans do not cover dry eye treatments. We do prepare invoices and/or estimates to evaluate if a claim is possible.

 

Financing

We do offer financing via Affirm for all of our treatment plans (3 months without interest of longer with interest). We also split the cost in 4 instalments for multisession treatments (sessions are 2 to 4 weeks apart).

 

Alleviate symptoms

We offer a large variety of products for dry eye symptoms : Artificial tears, eyelid hygiene products, Dry eye Omega 3 supplements and heating masks.