If you have dry eyes, you already know how painful and irritating it can be. There are a number of treatments that can help relieve symptoms and improve the quality of tears. That said, one of the treatments we offer, the IPL therapy, is a non-invasive method that uses light energy to help the meibomian glands in the eyelids work better and provide relief to dry eyes.
The Revolutionary Treatment for Dry Eyes
What Is IPL?
IPL is a non-invasive therapy that employs a laser to enhance the health and function of the meibomian glands, which produce the oily tear film layer. Dry eye illness is caused by the disruption of the tear film, which results in irritation and discomfort.
That said, the portable device generates light pulses that are absorbed by the meibomian glands during an IPL therapy. This results in the liquefaction of thicker oil and the release of blockages, which may enhance tear quality and decrease dry eye disease symptoms.
Typically, IPL therapy requires a series of sessions, with each session lasting around 15 to 20 minutes. Patients may feel moderate discomfort, such as a warm or stinging sensation, during the treatment, although this often disappears quickly after.
How Does IPL Work for Dry Eyes?
IPL helps for dry eyes by increasing the function of the meibomian glands, which are responsible for creating the oily layer of the tear film. Meibomian gland dysfunction patients may have symptoms of dry eye disease and poor tear quality due to congested or inflamed meibomian glands.
A portable device is used to transmit light pulses to the area around the eyes during an IPL procedure. The thicker meibum, which may cause blockages, may eventually liquefy due to the increased blood flow and cellular activity. This may enhance meibum flow, which in turn can enhance tear quality and lessen dry eye disease symptoms.
What to Expect During an IPL Treatment
During an IPL treatment for dry eye syndrome, patients may anticipate a non-invasive process that normally lasts around 15-20 minutes. A cooling gel is applied to the skin around the eyes as part of the procedure, and then a portable device emits short bursts of light. During the process, patients could feel warm or stinging, although this usually passes rapidly.
Recovery & Results
The majority of patients may resume their regular activities right away after receiving an IPL treatment for dry eye illness. Some patients may suffer slight redness or swelling around the treated region, although this normally fades within a few hours to a few days.
Depending on the patient and the severity of their problem, different patients may see different outcomes with IPL therapy for dry eye disease. Although some individuals may observe a considerable improvement in their symptoms within a few days, others may need multiple treatments.
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