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.