Intense Pulsed Light Eye Treatments: What You Need to Know

If you suffer from dry eye or Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD), you may have tried several treatments that have only partially worked for your issues. However, several medical studies have shown that intense pulsed light (IPL) treatment can benefit a broader range of patients suffering from these two problems.

What is Intense Pulsed Light?

IPL is a laser technology that uses controlled pulses of noncoherent light generated by a Xenon flashlamp. A clinician can adjust the wavelengths used to control penetration and clinical effect. Dermatologists have used this technology to treat various skin problems, including rosacea and general facial skin rejuvenation.

One of IPL’s most popular uses involves treating telangiectatic blood vessels that produce rosacea. Those abnormal blood vessels are frequently present in the eyelids and the face’s structure around the eyes in patients with ocular rosacea and similar inflammatory conditions. IPL reduces excess bacteria in these areas to produce an effect that increases cellular activity and function and reduces inflammation.

What to Expect from an IPL Procedure

Patients will receive IPL protective eyewear to cover their eyes before treatment starts. During this treatment, you will receive patterned shots of light over the lower eyelids and nose to the ears on either side of your face. Some patients may receive treatment on their forehead. These laser treatments have no downtime, so you can schedule a session during your lunch hour and return to work in the afternoon.

Many patients see significant improvement by the second or third IPL treatment. IPL improves the function of the Meibomian glands, making the tear components they produce less viscous. When these glands function correctly, the lipids they secrete reduce water evaporation and prevent dry eye.

Does IPL Hurt?

Most people tolerate the treatment exceptionally well. Some will feel a mild snapping sensation or momentary heating, especially on the left side of the face. You’ll usually have four treatments, spaced two to four weeks apart, followed by maintenance sessions every six months to one year afterward.

Who Should Get IPL Treatments?

The professionals at Arizona Oculoplastic Specialists recommend IPL for patients with evident ocular rosacea, co-morbid MGD, and dry eye. It may also be an effective treatment for patients with blepharitis. Good candidates for IPL are those who have used artificial tears, eyelid scrubs, and hot compresses that temporarily relieve the symptoms but do not address the root causes of these issues. IPL treatment reduces eyelid inflammation by stimulating glandular function. It also slows the progression of chronic dry eye.

Schedule Your Consultation for Ocular IPL Treatment

If you have struggled with treatments for ocular surface disease and your condition continues to worsen, you don’t have to continue suffering. Contact our office through our online contact form or call 480-525-5276 to schedule a consultation and get the relief you need. Our practice generally schedules IPL treatments for eye conditions every Friday.

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Dr. Ghafouri, MD, FACS, is a distinguished ophthalmic plastic and facial cosmetic surgeon based in Scottsdale and Phoenix, Arizona, with extensive experience in eyelid, eye orbit, tear drainage, and skin cancer surgeries. He specializes in minimally invasive aesthetic procedures such as cosmetic eyelid lifts, endoscopic forehead lifts, mid-facelifts, laser facial rejuvenation, Botox, and dermal fillers. Board-certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and a fellow of several prestigious medical societies, he has performed over 18,000 major reconstructive and aesthetic surgeries. Dr. Ghafouri and his team at Arizona Oculoplastic Specialists are dedicated to delivering exceptional patient care with compassion and excellence.



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