16 Dec How can Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) therapy help with dry eye treatment?
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is a type of light therapy treatment that is often used for rosacea, wrinkles, sun damage, varicose veins, and other types of skin conditions. Now, it is also a type of treatment that is available for those who suffer from chronic dry eye disease. Here’s why and how it works:
IPL treatment uses pulses of light to soften and melt hardened oils that have clogged the meibomian glands in the eyelids. This treatment will also initiate the release of pro-inflammatory markers to help reduce inflammation of the eyelids, redness, and stimulate healthy gland function.
The treatment starts with your optometrist placing protective shields over the eyes. A cooling gel is then applied around the eye before the pulses of light are administered. These pulses of light will then go to work in heating, liquefying, and loosening the hardened oils. Once the treatment is complete, your experienced eye doctor will manually express the oils from the glands to aid in restoring gland function.
The treatment is quick, painless and fast acting in relieving and treating dry eye symptoms. Each treatment sessions can last for quite some time, but many people may need to get additional maintenance treatments. This is all dependent on the severity of your dry eye condition.
You should consider Intense Pulsed Light treatment if you suffer from chronic dry eyes and find that the condition is getting in the way of your lifestyle. Although there are temporary solutions to this problem, IPL treatment can significantly improve your quality of life.