IPL & RF Therapy in Liberty Village & Midtown

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Shining Light on Dry Eyes and Styes 

At See & Be Seen Eyecare, we rely on the latest research and highly advanced technology to diagnose and treat dry eye disease.

What is IPL Therapy?

Intense pulsed light therapy (IPL) is an in-office treatment used on dry eyes and styes. The treatment uses specific wavelengths of light to reduce inflammation around the eyes. This allows the oil-producing meibomian glands to produce more lubrication for the eyes, reducing the effects of dry eye. 

The therapy targets ocular rosacea and spider veins, which often cause inflammation in the tissues around the eyes. The light energy eliminates the damaged blood vessels and reduces inflammation. 

During the procedure, the heat from the light warms and liquefies the oil your body uses to create tear film. IPL therapy can help this oil to move more freely and reduce blockages that cause dry eye symptoms.

What to Expect From IPL

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Treating dry eyes can be difficult, as the same treatment doesn’t work for everyone. At See & Be Seen Eyecare, we are determined to find the ideal treatment for you. So, we always start our treatments with a consultation.

Depending on your symptoms, we may recommend IPL therapy, LipiFlow, BlephEx, or various other at-home treatments.

To start the treatment, we’ll protect your eyes with specially-designed eye shields and a cooling gel to keep the skin around your eyes comfortable. After you’re protected, we’ll hold the IPL device to your skin and administer some flashes of light. During this process, you may feel some warmth from the light.

After we have applied the light, we may manually express any blockages from the meibomian glands. Then, for optimal results, we’ll perform the same treatment on Days 1, 15, 45, and 75.

Some patients notice immediate changes in their dry eye symptoms after the treatment. However, it will likely take a series of treatments to see a drastic change.

After the treatment, you may experience blurry vision for a few days. This is a great sign! This blurry vision indicates that your meibomian glands are expressing more oil than your eyes are used to. Aside from this blurriness, you should be able to return to your everyday activities after the treatment.

What is RF Therapy?

Radiofrequency (RF) delivers high frequency electrical current to the skin to generate heat and stimulate collagen production. This is a safe and effective in-office treatment for your dry eyes. 

The meibomian gland is responsible for producing the oil in your tears. The oil is important because it stops your tear film from evaporating too quickly. If the meibomian gland becomes blocked you can experience the symptoms of dry eye. This is known as Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD).

The heat from RF helps to melt the thick oil secretions and unclog the meibomian gland, improving the quality of your tears. RF can also reduce inflammation around your eyes that could be contributing to your dry eye symptoms.

What to Expect From RF

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At See & Be Seen Eyecare, we want to find the right treatment for you.

Coming in for a consultation will allow us to evaluate your eyes and current symptoms. This way we can determine if RF or one of our other dry eye therapies using LipiFlow, BlephEx, or various other at-home treatments, is best for you.

Your eye doctor will use the RF handheld attachment to gently massage around your eye with a soothing gel. This sends the electrical current into your skin and creates a warming sensation.

There should be no pain or discomfort during your RF treatment, and should only take around 30 minutes to complete.

Some patients notice immediate changes in their dry eye symptoms after the treatment. However, it will likely take a series of treatments to see a drastic change. Best results are usually achieved after 3 to 4 treatments.

After the treatment, you may experience blurry vision for a few days. This is a great sign! This blurry vision indicates that your meibomian glands are expressing more oil than your eyes are used to. Aside from this blurriness, you should be able to return to your everyday activities after the treatment.

Manage Your Dry Eyes

You shouldn’t have to put up with the irritation of dry eyes. Give us a call for dry eye treatment today.

OUR LOCATIONS

See & Be Seen
Eyecare downtown

  • #136 – 171 East Liberty Street
  • Toronto, ON M6K 3P6

See & Be Seen
Eyecare Midtown
(yonge & eglinton)

  • 2611 Yonge Street
  • Toronto, ON M4P 2J1

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