Using Light to Alleviate Dry Eye
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.
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. This allows meibomian gland oils to flow more freely over your eyes and in turn, provide comfort for dry eye.
The treatment device, which we apply to your skin, emits flashes of light. This light 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.
Inflammation and dry eye disease are often related. The two conditions seem to influence each other, creating an ongoing cycle.
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.
This entire process repeats itself, causing ongoing dry eye symptoms.
IPL is designed to reduce inflammation and help meibum flow more freely, which helps alleviate dry eye symptoms at their source.
What to Expect From IPL
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.
You will most likely need more than one IPL treatment to get the optimal results. Each appointment will follow roughly the same procedure.
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, we’ll manually express any blockages from the meibomian glands to ensure you get the best possible results.
Some patients notice an immediate change in their dry eye symptoms. Still, it may 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. Don’t worry, 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.