Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) to Improve Dry Eye & Skin Concerns
By: Keith Biggs O.D.
Intense pulsed light (IPL) is a non-invasive treatment that delivers high intensity light into the layers of the skin to improve fine lines, wrinkles, sunspots, and redness. By using specific wavelengths of light, IPL is able to treat skin conditions in a very specific manner.
Dry Eye Disease is caused by a myriad of factors, with almost all of these factors creating inflammation. The most common cause of dry eye disease is meibomian gland dysfunction. This is a condition that affects the oil glands in our eyelids, which is responsible for the oil component of the tear film. Helping to unclog these oil glands with IPL has proven to be an effective treatment in reducing dry eye disease and improving associated symptoms.
Many patients with dry eye have been diagnosed with Rosacea. Rosacea is a common condition that causes redness and visible blood vessels in your face. This can result in flareups that can last weeks or months. In patients with facial rosacea, it’s common to see this redness and inflammation along the cheeks or brow. Many patients that have facial rosacea and many that have no signs on their face, can have ocular rosacea. With ocular rosacea, the abnormal blood vessel growth in the eye lids can lead to inflammation, thus resulting in dry eye.
Intense pulsed light has been around for a long time; however, it wasn’t long ago that it was discovered to treat dry eye. By using specific wavelengths of light, these abnormal blood vessels can be treated to help reduce inflammation and improve dry eye symptoms. The improvement that you will see cosmetically is an added benefit.
Helping to improve ocular health and allow patients to focus on other things is what the doctors at Summit Eye Care strive to achieve. If you would like to speak with a doctor, please contact Summit Eye Care to schedule an appointment to discuss if IPL is the right treatment for you.