Dry Eye IPL Therapy
If you deal with dry, itchy eyes on a regular basis, you may be one of the millions of people who experience the condition known as dry eyes. Symptoms include a dry, gritty, uncomfortable feeling in the eyes as well as blurry vision and difficulty seeing clearly.
Tears keep the eyes moist, help wounds heal and protect against eye infection. In people with dry eye, the eye produces fewer and/or poor-quality tears, making it difficult to keep the eye sufficiently lubricated.
For people with severe cases of dry eye, prescription medication or closure of the tear drain may be helpful. Intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy is often successful in patients for whom no other therapy has worked. A Westlake Eye Specialists doctor can help you decide which approach is best for you.
What is IPL Therapy?
IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light. IPL therapy provides relief for many and drastically improves your eye comfort. This treatment has been proven to reduce or eliminate symptoms of dry eyes and has helped many people get back to living a normal life free of dry eyes.
IPL therapy has been used for years for purposes other than relieving dry eyes. Dermatologists have used this FDA-approved method to reduce redness and improve the look of the skin for patients with acne and rosacea, as well as decrease the bacteria on the skin. Research has proven that IPL is also effective for treating dry eyes and reducing its symptoms.
What Happens During IPL Therapy?
During IPL therapy, one of our trained physicians directs bursts of light at the lower eyelids, the cheeks, and from ear to ear. The blood vessels in these areas absorb the light and the heat, causing the tear glands to open. Once the glands are open, doctors can express the glands of clogged secretions, allowing them to work properly again.
This quick 15-minute procedure is done on an outpatient basis, usually right in ours. The number of treatments recommended will depend on the patient. Most patients typically receive four to six treatments per month. It’s common for patients to feel relief immediately after the first treatment.