Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is a safe, long-lasting therapy used to treat those who suffer from evaporative dry eye. It is aimed at treating the main cause of chronic dry eye – inflammation.
How does IPL work?
It is thought that the intense flashes of light applied to the lids, raises the temperature of the skin in the eyelids which softens the blocked oil in the meibomian glands, allowing them to be cleared more readily. IPL also reduces the excessive formation of blood vessels and inflammation of the eyelids that also contribute to dry eyes. It helps treat eyelid redness, stimulating healthy gland function and offering long-term treatment of chronic dry eye disease.
How effective is IPL for treating Dry Eye?
Research has shown that IPL is beneficial for most people who suffer from evaporative dry eye. The success rate has been shown to be between 86 – 90%.
According to recent studies, over half of patients will continue to experience relief without the need for another treatment within 3 years, though some may require further treatment within the year. On average the benefits of IPL are noticed for about 2 years. The use of eye drops and eyelid massage may still be required.
What is involved in the treatment?
An initial assessment will determine the suitability of your eyes and skin for IPL. Once deemed suitable you will undergo between three to four IPL sessions. These will be at Day 1, Day 15, Day 45 and Day 75. As IPL is a cumulative effect, many will find the most benefit at the completion of at least three or four sessions, however some will find an immediate improvement. A maintenance session is recommended annually or when symptoms return.