Using Light to Alleviate Dry Eye and Styes

See & Be Seen Eyecare relies on the latest research and highly-advanced technology to diagnose and treat dry eye disease. We are determined to lead the charge against chronic dry eye symptoms, which is why we offer IPL therapy as a dry eye treatment option.

Your tears need an oil called meibum to hydrate and lubricate your eyes. When the skin around the eyes becomes inflamed, the meibomian glands cannot express meibum properly. Without meibum, your eyes become dry and irritated, which can cause the tissue around the eyes to become inflamed. Excessive inflammation is what forms styes (clinically known as hordeolum or chalazion)

Request an appointment with us. We’ll identify the source of your dry eye symptoms and recommend the best treatment options to eliminate them at the source.

What Is IPL?

IPL therapy, otherwise known as intense pulsed light therapy, is an in-office treatment that uses specific wavelengths of light to reduce inflammation in and around the eyes and reduce the formation of styes. This allows oil-producing meibomian glands to produce more lubricant for your eyes and provide comfort for sore, dry eyes. 

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. 

The light also heats up and liquefies the oil your body uses to create a tear film. When the oil is softer, it’s less likely to get stuck in your glands and more likely to coat your tears properly. IPL also helps alleviate active styes by melting the oil causing the bump to occur.

How Does Inflammation Relate to Dry Eye Disease?

Styes, Inflammation and dry eye disease are all related. The conditions continuously influence each other, creating an ongoing cycle. IPL breaks this cycle!  

IPL is designed to reduce inflammation and help meibum flow more freely, which helps alleviate dry eye symptoms and styes at their source.

What to Expect From IPL

Starting With a Consultation

There is no one-size-fits-all treatment for dry eye. See & Be Seen Eyecare will start with a dry eye consultation and evaluation. We will determine the source of your symptoms and how they impact your daily life. From there, we can develop a fully customized treatment plan that’s tailored to suit your unique needs.

Your treatment plan may include IPL, LipiFlow, BlephEx, and various other at-home and in-office treatments.

For optimum results, perform treatments on Day 1, Day 15, Day 45 and Day 75 Each appointment will follow roughly the same procedure. Our award-winning Optometrists may provide a different schedule based on your specific needs. 

We’ll start by protecting your eyes from the light with specially-designed eye shields. We will also apply a cooling gel to the skin around the treatment area to keep you comfortable.

Then we’ll hold the IPL device to your skin and administer some flashes of light. You may feel some warmth from the light during treatment, but you shouldn’t experience any pain.

After we’ve administered IPL treatment, your doctor may manually express any blockages from the meibomian glands. This will likely be the case for any active styes we wish to treat.

Some patients notice an immediate change in their dry eye symptoms and a reduction in the styes you may have. Still, it will take a series of treatments over a few months to see the biggest difference.

You may notice blurry vision for a few days after your appointment This is a great sign! Your meibomian glands are expressing more oil than you’re used to. Your vision will clear up. 

Aside from the blurriness, you should be able to return to your everyday activities after your IPL treatment.