How Radiofrequency (RF) Energy Can Alleviate Dry Eye Discomfort

August 19, 2023

Millions suffer from dry eye syndrome. It is a condition where the eyes fail to produce adequate tears to keep the eyes nourished and lubricated. Eye doctors recommend various treatments for dry eye conditions. Radiofrequency treatment is the latest technique to relieve dry eye symptoms. It involves the use of electrical currents to stimulate collagen production. 

Experiencing Dry Eye Syndrome

When the quality and quantity of tears reduce, an individual experiences eye dryness. Dry eye is a condition where the eyes are not adequately hydrated or moisturized. Most people suffer from dry eye from meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD). 

The meibomian glands on the eyelids produce oil, an essential component of the tear film, alongside water and mucus. The oil controls the rate of tear evaporation. When the meibomian glands become clogged, they fail to produce enough oil, which can lead to dry eye syndrome. 

Radiofrequency (RF) Treatment

Skincare experts use radiofrequency to stimulate collagen and increase skin tightness, reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. The minimally-invasive treatment uses electrical currents to produce heat, increasing collagen production in deep and superficial skin layers. 

Eye doctors are now using the nonsurgical technique to treat dry eye. Radiofrequency heat can help restore meibomian gland function. These are the glands responsible for producing oil for the tear film. It helps relieve dry eye symptoms. 

How Envision RF Treatment by InMode Works

When thick secretions clog the meibomian glands, it affects the normal flow of oil. It lowers the quality of the tear film and causes dry eye symptoms. When doctors apply RF to the skin next to the eyes, the heat helps melt the oil secretions. 

The technology delivers targeted bipolar radiofrequency to the ocular areas, removing the clogs that affect gland function. The treatment allows the oil to flow effectively into the tear film. RF treatment also reduces inflammation around the eyes that may be causing dry eye symptoms. 

Envision RF by InMode - Treatment Procedure 

RF therapy is an in-office procedure that takes between 10 to 20 minutes. Patients spend 45 minutes or an hour in the doctor’s office. It allows for pretreatment preparation and rest after the procedure. The treatment that uses heat from electrical currents is safe and painless. 

Doctors use a handheld RF applicator to gently massage the upper and lower eyelids. A soothing gel helps ensure effective application. Patients are comfortable during the process. 

After Radiofrequency Dry Eye Treatment 

Most people experience mild swelling and redness for several hours after RF treatment. Avoid exposure to heat until the swelling subsides and the skin returns to its normal color. You can apply moisturizer to soothe the skin after treatment. 

Most patients notice a difference immediately after treatment and experience optimal results after three or four sessions. Treatments are usually scheduled over two to four weeks, depending on the severity of the condition. 

Doctors develop personalized treatment plans for each patient. RF treatment is effective in relieving dry eye symptoms. It helps improve meibomian gland function. Do you experience symptoms such as severe eye dryness, a burning sensation, or a sensation of something in the eye? An eye doctor can help determine if you have dry eye syndrome. 

For more on how radiofrequency (RF) energy can alleviate dry eye discomfort, visit Eye Associates of New York at our New York, New York office. Call (212) 650-4888 to schedule an appointment today.

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