As discussed in the Dry Eye Center, dryness is one of the most commonly diagnosed ophthalmic conditions and treatment in some cases can be difficult. When standard therapies are not enough, we now have the IPL.
IPL, or Intense Pulsed Light, has been in use for over a decade to treat a number of dermatologic problems ranging from Rosacea to hair removal. IPL works by eliminating fine blood vessels under the surface of the skin and thereby reducing inflammation and redness.
Around the eye, IPL has proven to improve the functioning of the oil glands called meibomian glands. This oil is essential to normal tear function and, in most cases of dry eye the oil is abnormal and turns into a thick paste-like substance. This abnormal oil irritates the eyelids, creates inflammation and prevents normal tear function.
The IPL treatment treats two components of the meibomian gland. First, it eradicates the fine, abnormal blood vessels around the eyelids and face that contribute to the inflammation of the eyelids and oil glands. Second, the high intensity of the light actually liquefies the pasty oil and literally gets the oil flowing.
By returning the patient’s normal meibomian gland function and eliminating the source of tear film problems, we now offer relief to those who suffer from all forms of dry eye symptoms. The majority of patients have seen improvement and, for many, nothing has been as effective as this system in treating dry eye.