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IPL Treatment for Dry Eye

Introducing real relief from dry, red, fatigued eyes caused by skin and eyelid inflammation.

If you are suffering from dry, red, tired or burning eyes it may be caused by skin and eyelid inflammation. Affecting millions of Americans every year; over 85% of skin and eyelid inflammation patients also suffer from inflammatory ocular conditions, such as dry eye.

Does the need for frequent eye drop use in an attempt to control your symptoms frustrate you?

Village Eyes Optometry is now offering a revolutionary treatment using IPL technology to eliminate the root cause of your dry, red, fatigued and burning eyes that will also help your eyes feel calm and clear – while reducing your dependency on eye drops.

How does IPL work?

IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light, and is a light-based technology commonly used in dermatology to treat rosacea and reduce telangiectasia. IPL is now being used to treat meibomian gland dysfunction and dry-eye disease.

During the procedure, a strategic level of light pulses is administered to penetrate the skin under the eye and targets the root cause of the inflammation.

IPL treatment helps to liquefy and release hardened oils that have clogged the Meibomian glands in the eyelids.   Additionally, as the IPL treatment treats your overall skin appearance, your eyelid inflammation is treated and improved as well. IPL procedures are effective, gentle and safe.

Benefits Include:

  • Improves eye comfort and vision clarity
  • Safe and Comfortable
  • Reduces your dependency on eye drops
  • Treats the root cause of the problem
  • Quick “lunch time” treatment

During the Procedure

You may experience a warm sensation as the light is applied to your skin, but the treatment is gentle and you should not feel uncomfortable. Ultrasound jelly is applied under the eye to help soothe the skin. Each session lasts approximately 15 minutes.

After the Procedure

Following treatment, your eye doctor may perform a meibomian gland expression (in this procedure, tiny “paddles” are used to compress the eyelids to squeeze out the contents of the meibomian glands.) The purpose of meibomian gland expression is to accelerate your skin and eyelid healing process and is optional, but recommended.

You may experience some mild redness and discomfort in the treated areas – this will usually disappear within a few hours. Most patients are able to resume their daily activities the same day. Sunlight should be avoided for a few days following the treatment and sunscreen should be used.

For optimal results, 4 sessions are typically recommended, with 3-4 weeks in between. Maintenance treatments, usually once every 6-12 months, are also recommended for optimal long-term results.

Your doctor may also recommend combining IPL treatments with other dry eye therapies such as Mibo Thermoflo, punctal plugs, or medications to maximize effectiveness and enhance symptom relief.