Protect your eye health at Asia Retina Eye Surgery Center

“The eyes are the true windows to the soul,” said Dr. Claudine Pang, founder and ophthalmologist of Asia Retina Eye Surgery Center, when we interviewed her for her cover story in March. What she meant was that eye exams can often detect underlying medical conditions.

The focus is usually on the appearance of the eyes. Puffiness and dark circles are common problems, but they are often cosmetic issues. In fact, eye health is generally overlooked and even more so as we continue to work from home.

Dr Claudine Pang (Image: Prestige Singapore)

A common effect of long hours in front of a screen is digital eye strain, or computer vision syndrome (CVS). According to Dr. Pang, 60-90% of computer users have some form of CVS. A large proportion suffer from dry eyes as a result of prolonged exposure to a screen. Dry eyes not only lead to irritation, but can also lead to inflammation and, in severe cases, scarring on the front surface of the eye.

Dr. Pang recommends several treatments to improve overall eye health and appearance. There is Tixel therapy, a non-invasive, non-laser treatment that uses thermomechanical ablation (TMA) technology to transfer thermal energy to the eyelids. This improves meibomian gland function and tear film quality, leaving a lasting effect in reducing dry eyes. It can also lighten dark circles, reduce fine wrinkles around the eyes and provide a subtle lifting effect. It only takes five minutes to administer, with multiple sessions helping to achieve overall eye rejuvenation.

Blephex is a painless in-office treatment that cleans the eyelids and removes debris deep on the skin. Like an exfoliating treatment for the eyelids, this is an essential step for those who have accumulated make-up residue around their eyes or who do not regularly clean their eyelids in order to preserve their eyelash extensions. Dirt and residue are responsible for recurring eyelid infections such as styes and chalazions (lumps under the skin of the eyelids).

LLLT uses photobiomodulation targeted to the Meibomian glands to improve dry eye, promote tissue repair and reduce inflammation. A low intensity red light is applied to the eyelids for 15-20 minutes and can treat eyelid infections. It can also be used in tandem with Tixel Therapy to treat dry eyes. Tear plugs, which are tiny dissolvable collagen devices placed in the eye’s tear ducts, can also help relieve dry eyes. The treatment, which takes less than five minutes to administer, is helpful for contact lens wearers, those who have had LASIK and people with dry eyes who don’t like to use eye drops regularly.

To maintain good eye health at home, Dr. Pang advises seeking an eye doctor’s recommendation for an appropriate product. It highlights a new moisturizing eye drop that protects the eyes from harmful UV rays and blue light. Oral supplements can also work wonders, she adds. Those that contain fish oils such as omega 3 and omega 6 oils, as well as borage and flaxseed oils, are helpful in replenishing the tear film and preventing dry eyes. Supplements containing lutein and xeazanthine may also reduce eye fatigue and prevent macular degeneration.

Asia Retina Eye Surgery Center, #15-10 The Paragon, 6732 0007

(Main and featured image: Nong Vang/Unsplash; all other images courtesy of Asia Retina Eye Surgery Center)