Although it may not be known to many, there are countless of people who are suffering from discoloration of the sclera, otherwise called the white of the eye. An eye whitening treatment developed by Dr. Brian Boxer Wachler called I-Brite, however, aims to help people who are suffering from this ailment. I-Brite takes off a thin membrane covering the sclera to give the patient whiter and brighter eyes.
Who are candidates for I-Brite?
Since the said procedure takes care of the root cause of chronic red eyes, they are very good candidates for I-Brite. These blood vessels cause the individual to have blood-shot eyes and look tired, especially when irritation occurs.
I-Brite can also help persons with yellow and brown spots on the whites of their eyes. Pigments build up on the surface of our eyes over the years thus causing the discoloration spots to appear. Since the procedure removes the thin layer covering the sclera, the pigmented areas are removed as well.
The operation can prove to be more harmful for individuals diagnosed with auto-immune disorders though. An inflammatory response can be triggered by the said eye whitening procedure giving rise to complications. I-Brite is not recommended for pregnant women or lactating mothers.
How is I-Brite done?
A thin membrane which covers the surface of the sclera is peeled off during I-Brite. This is where the red veins, and yellow and brown spots are found. To help the patient relax during the operation proper, the surgeon performing the said eye procedure may administer Valium.
Typically, I-Brite takes about twenty minutes for each eye, and does not involve the help of any lasers, and even doesn’t need any stitching. The day following the procedure, one can immediately resume his or her normal activity, and the results are seen within two to eight weeks.
Patients are, for two weeks after their eye operation, advised not to swim and to avoid dusty places. Eye drops must be used for eight weeks right after the I-Brite procedure to assist in the eye’s full recovery.
I-Brite promises to brighten dull eyes, so it may sound like a miracle for people suffering from this condition. The said eye whitening, however, also has its own set of risks and complications just like any other surgical procedure.
Since the membrane covering the sclera is taken off, a person’s eye has less protection and lubrication, which can cause more problems. When the eye lacks lubrication, it may dry up, causing more pain and sclera scarring. The possibilities of developing an infection right after the procedure is very real.
The eyes are typically one of the first things anybody notices on another person. No one wants blood shot-eyes, of course, but prior to making the decision to undergo the eye whitening procedure, make sure that you are well-informed. A consultation with an experienced professional before the procedure wouldn’t hurt.