Dry Eye Syndrome is a condition where the body is not able to produce enough quality tears to protect the front surface of the eye, impacting your comfort and vision.
Symptoms of dry eye include:
Itchy or burning eyes
Foreign body sensation
Sore or tired eyes
Depending on the condition of your eyes a variety of treatment options may be used including:
Artificial tears and preservative free tears
Eye lid scrubs
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) therapy
What is IPL?
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Therapy is a quick procedure that can provide immediate improvement for dry eye. The treatment consists of administering pulses of light to the area around the eye.
The light from the IPL reduces inflammation and acts as a warm compress which loosens obstructions in the tear producing glands.
Studies have shown an increase in tear production after each treatment, with maximum results typically occurring after the fourth treatment.
What can cause Dry Eye?
Environmental factors and lifestyle are common cause of dry eye. Medical conditions that can create or increase dry eye include: keratoconjunctivitis sicca, sjogrens, blepharitis, rheumatoid arthritis, menopause, natural aging and collagen vascular disease.
How is an IPL procedure performed?
The area around the eye is cleansed and eye shields are put in place. A thin layer of cooling gel is applied to the treatment area. Your Doctor will use the IPL hand piece and administer short bursts of light around the eye. You will feel a slight heating sensation with each burst. The heat helps clear the glands around the to increase tear function.
Who is a candidate for IPL treatment?
The best candidates for IPL dry eye treatment are Patients with moderate to severe dry eye, meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) or blepharitis.
What is the price of IPL and other Dry Eye treatments?
Treating your dry eye is an investment in the quality of your life. Your personalized treatment plan and pricing will be reviewed with you during your evaluation.
“I love the variety of treatment options, my eyes feel normal again.”