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Let There Be Light: Intense Pulse Light in Dry Eye & MGD

Dr. Davison performing fourth IPL treatment on patient with Fitzpatrick VI skin type. Patient reports a significant decrease

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:

Additional things to know:

 

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.

 

Author
Dr. Janelle Davison Dr. Janelle The Dry Eye Mentor is the CEO & Founder of Brilliant Eyes Vision Center & Premier Dry Eye Spa, specializing in Ocular Surface Disease, Dry Eye Disease, and Optometry Aesthetics. She has over 15 years of experience in eye health and prevention.

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