IPL 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. To bring relief to our patient’s eyes, we’re excited to offer intense pulsed light therapy (IPL) as a treatment option.

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.

OUR LOCATIONS

See & Be Seen
Eyecare downtown

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

See & Be Seen
Eyecare Midtown
(yonge & eglinton)

  • 2594 Yonge St (previously 2611 Yonge Street)
  • Toronto, ON M4P 2J4

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