Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) for Dry Eyes

What is IPL?

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is a technology that has traditionally been used for improving the skin tone in areas with pigmented spots or unsightly blood vessels on the surface of the skin. More recently, it has been demonstrated to be an effective treatment for dry eyes. The treatment is performed in the clinic, and needs only a few minutes. With shields placed over the eyes, the IPL handpick applies light energy to the skin along the upper cheeks. In research studies, this treatment has been demonstrated to result in decreased inflammatory signaling on the surface of the eyes and improved dry eye symptoms.

Most patients need three IPL treatments, spaced out several weeks apart. Re-treatments may be needed if symptoms return.

The treatment is very safe, but patients must be carefully selected by their physician to increase the chances of success and to minimize potential see effects such as undesired skin tone changes or cold sore break-outs.


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Dear Friends,

We at Central Valley Eye hope that you and your families are well. To continue to protect the health of our patients and staff during the coronavirus pandemic, we are taking all reasonable precautions as we provide the eye care that our community needs:

  • All patients and staff must now wear masks within the clinic building. Please bring one from home.
  • Whenever appropriate, we are rescheduling patients with fever, cough, or cold symptoms
  • We have adjusted our schedule to decrease the number of patients in our waiting rooms
  • We have increased our already strict sanitizing practices
  • Whenever appropriate, we are diverting visits to telemedicine (by cell phone, tablet, laptop, or desktop). Please contact us for further details at 209-952-3700.

If you are unsure whether to come in for your visit, please call us.

Following state guidelines, the doctors at Central Valley Eye have recently resumed performing elective surgeries. Our surgery coordinators will be contacting patients to reschedule the surgeries that needed to be postponed. We appreciate your patience during this time.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at 209-952-3700.

Warmest regards,

Brandy Simpson
Practice Manager
Central Valley Eye Medical Group, Inc.