Why Intense Pulsed Light Might Be the Answer to Your Dry Eyes Symptoms?
We know that Ocular Rosacea is an inflammation of eyelids that results in redness, itching, and watery eyes. The presence of Meibomian Gland Disorder, also known as Dry Eye Syndrome, can exacerbate Ocular Rosacea and vice versa, so how do we go about treating both?
Introducing, Intense Pulsed Light (IPL), a painless, in-office therapy that superheats—using bright light pulses--the area around the eyes to help loosen up the clogged Meibomian Glands.
Research shows, “80% of Rosacea patients suffer from Meibomian Gland Disorder.”
IPL is especially popular in treating skin conditions such as acne, rosacea, vascular, and pigmented lesions. Until recently IPL was not indicated for patients with darker skin tones. ThermaEye Plus IPL utilizes a safe wavelength and a cooling system to allow for the treatment of all skin types.
Now, when it comes to Ocular Rosacea, the bright light pulses cause vasoconstriction around the eyes, helping to decrease inflammation.
Here’s what to expect at the office visit for this therapy:
- Eye shields will be placed on your eyelids to protect your eyes from the bright light emitted from the IPL.
- A thin gel is placed in the areas that will be exposed to IPL.
- Non-laser intense light pulses-- via a hand-held device--are placed on the skin around your eyes to simulate unclogging Meibomian Glands.
Additional things to know:
- The process usually lasts 20 minutes.
- It’s a painless therapy but you may experience discomfort and slight redness for several days thereafter.
- Most patients can return to work after the procedure.
- Several sessions of IPL per year might be required for optimal results.
While Do-it-Yourself at-home treatments like lid hygiene are recommended for Meibomian Gland Disorders and Ocular Rosacea, sometimes you need a more specialized treatment to get superior results.
Schedule an appointment with our office to see if IPL is right for you.