Dry eye disease (DED) affects millions of men and women, causing symptoms like eye pain, itchiness, and blurry vision. Over time, poorly managed DED can cause corneal damage and permanent vision loss. At Beverly Hills Optometry in Beverly Hills, California, Kambiz Silani, OD, offers the state-of-the-art iTear® 100 device to treat DED without drugs or surgery. The patient-controlled iTear® 100 device is noninvasive and causes no discomfort. To learn how the iTear® 100 can help you manage your dry eyes, call the office or book an appointment with our team online.
The iTear100 device is an FDA-cleared neurostimulator device that Dr. Silani uses to help patients with dry eye disease (DED) produce more of their own natural tears. The device is noninvasive and uses no drugs or chemicals of any kind.
DED affects millions of Americans, causing significant discomfort and increasing the risks of eye infections, corneal ulcers, and vision loss. In a recent study, researchers found that patients treated with the iTear100 device had significant improvements in their symptoms, as well as improvements in the health of the eye surface.
Tear production is a lot more complicated than most people realize. Your tear glands and ducts rely on stimulation from tiny nerve endings at the inside corners of the eyes near your nose to produce tears. In fact, more than a third of tear production is related to stimulation of the nasal nerves.
The iTear100 works by stimulating these nerves, triggering increased tear production naturally, without drops, drugs, or eye surgery. When placed against the skin at the top of your nose, the tip of the iTear100 emits tiny vibrations that stimulate the tear glands to produce more tears.
Many people with DED rely on frequent application of eye drops to continually moisten the eye surface. Patients must apply these drops throughout the day in order to provide relief, and even then, they don’t do anything to help your eyes produce their own natural tears.
Other therapies involve procedures to insert plugs into your tear ducts or cauterize tear duct openings to prevent tears from evaporating too quickly.
Dr. Silani’s patients use the iTear100 device to help stimulate tear production without implants, surgery, or continual use of drops. Instead, patients at Beverly Hills Optometry apply the stimulator to the area above the nasal nerve for 30 seconds at a time to improve production of their tears.
Dry eye disease is a severe eye problem associated with eye discomfort, blurry vision, and serious eye complications. To learn how iTear100 can help you relieve your DED symptoms and improve your eye health, call Beverly Hills Optometry or book an appointment online.