Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Therapy
A Bright Solution for Dry Eyes
Intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy involves using light to reduce the symptoms of dry eyes. OptiLight by Lumenis is designed to reduce inflammation, eliminate bacteria around the eyes, and treat meibomian gland dysfunction. Our IPL solution is FDA-approved for improving signs and symptoms of dry eye disease. Read more about OptiLight by Lumenis on our blog.
OptiLight is a simple, quick way to treat the causes of dry eyes. This comfortable procedure is designed to reduce inflammation, improve tear breakup time, and restore meibomian gland functionality. Clinical studies have proven that OptiLight by Lumenis works!
How Does OptiLight by Lumenis Work?
IPL treatment works by targeting the Meibomian glands, which are tiny glands in the eyelids that produce the oily layer of the tear film. This oily layer helps to keep the tear film stable and prevents evaporation of tears, which is important for maintaining moisture on the surface of the eyes.
In people with dry eyes, these glands may become blocked or dysfunctional, leading to a reduced production of the oily layer and an unstable tear film. IPL treatment can help to address this issue by stimulating the Meibomian glands and improving the quality and flow of the oily layer.
The light energy from the IPL device penetrates the skin around the eyes and is absorbed by the blood vessels and pigmented cells in the Meibomian glands. This causes the glands to produce more oil and to clear any blockages, which in turn helps to stabilize the tear film and improve the symptoms of dry eyes.
During the procedure, the patient may be seated comfortably in a chair while wearing special protective glasses. A small amount of gel may be applied to the area around the eyes to help the IPL device glide smoothly over the skin. The device emits pulses of light that are directed at the lower eyelid, where the Meibomian glands are located.
Overall, IPL treatment for dry eye can be an effective option for managing the symptoms of dry eye, particularly for patients who have not found relief from other treatments.
With just 4 sessions spaced 2-4 weeks apart, patients can benefit from a significant reduction in dry eye symptoms. Some patients notice improvement before all the sessions are complete, though it is recommended to follow through with the full treatment course.
Maintenance treatments may be recommended every 6-12 months.
What to Expect After Treatment
Patients may experience some redness or a feeling of warmth on treated areas. This is normal and should subside in 1-48 hours. In most cases, makeup may be used immediately, and daily activities can be resumed the same day. For best results and a smooth recovery, be sure to protect your skin by applying paraben-free sunscreen and avoiding sun exposure/tanning of any kind. Your doctor may recommend discontinuing retinoids, serums, creams, or exfoliating products during the course of treatment.