Introducing TearScience technology at BBR Optometry

17 September 2014

BBR Optometry is delighted to announce it will soon become one of four sites in the UK (and the only one west of London) to offer TearScience technology for the advanced treatment of Dry Eye Syndrome.

As a fairly common condition affecting up to one in five people, Dry Eye Syndrome occurs when the complex tear production process is disrupted in some way - resulting in a feeling of dryness, grittiness or soreness, as well as red eyes and blurred vision. 

Caused by a wide range of factors including weather changes, contact lenses, certain medications, LASIK surgery or conditions such as blepharitis, Dry Eye can be very uncomfortable and in extreme cases quite serious, with the potential to scar the eye’s surface resulting in visual impairment.

Patients suffering with Dry Eye Syndrome in the UK are generally advised to use lubrication drops in order to alleviate some of the main symptoms – however, leading evaporative dry eye experts ‘TearScience’ have found that this treatment method might mask the problem and fails to address the root cause of the condition.

Based on more than 25 years of clinical research and anatomical findings, TearScience has developed two advanced ophthalmic technologies, the ‘LipiView Ocular Surface Interferometer’ and ‘LipiFlow Thermal Pulsation System’, to successfully treat the meibomian gland dysfunction and resume the natural production and flow of ‘lipids’ or tears. 

BBR’s Practice Owner, Nick Rumney, comments “The LipiFlow and LipiView are widely used in the USA, Canada and Germany - where patients appreciate the value of this advanced technology for treating Dry Eye Syndrome in a matter of minutes.

“This is achieved by both pieces of technology working together – the Lipiview evaluates the tear film by creating a map of the meibomian gland function, and following assessment the Lipiflow is used to apply localised heat and pressure through a unique disposable eye piece placed on the outer lid. This unblocks the meibomian glands and reactivates the natural production and flow of lipids, which is just not possible using lubrication drops or other conventional methods.”

BBR will be taking delivery of both the LipView and LipFlow on 29th September 2014 and will be showcasing both pieces of equipment to local Optometrists and Consultants through an opening evening hosted by TearScience on 6th October 2014.

Nick continues, “By introducing TearScience technology to the Three Counties, BBR will be able to provide a long term solution for all patients suffering with Dry Eye Syndrome – including those registered at other Optometry practices.

“The open evening has been designed to demonstrate both pieces of advanced ophthalmic equipment to local Optometrists and Consultants – who will then be able to refer patients suffering with the condition for a one off treatment session.”

For further information about TearScience technology at BBR Optometry please contact the practice directly on 01432 265030. 

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