WHAT IS INTENSE PULSED LIGHT (IPL) TREATMENT?
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is a relatively new technology that generates a polychromatic pulsed light via a series of calibrated and homogenously sequenced light pulses. This a a relatively painless procedure which does not require the use of injections or needles. The energy, spectrum and time period are precisely set to stimulate the Meibomian glands in order for them to return their normal function.
E-Eye IPL is a device that has been specifically designed for improving dry eye syndrome due to Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD).
MGD is a blockage of the oil glands around the eyes. These oils are an important part of the tears. They form the top layer of the tears, which stops the watery component from evaporating. If the oil glands are chronically blocked, they start to shorten and lose their function.
There is no cure for MGD but treatments are available to reduce symptoms and reduce your dependence on eye drops.
E-Eye IPL generates an intense pulsed light (IPL) by producing perfectly calibrated light pulses. The energy, spectrum and time period are set to stimulate the meibomian glands and improve their function.
WHAT IS THE IPL TREATMENT PLAN?
At TheOPTOMETRIST we recommend the following treatment plan:
Day 1: First treatment of IPL and manual gland expression.
Day 15: Second treatment of IPL and manual gland expression.
Day 45: Third treatment of IPL and manual gland expression.
Day 75: Fourth treatment of IPL and manual gland expression.
Day 120: Final Review
20% of patients report excellent results day 1
50% of patients report improvement after day 15
86% of patients report improvement after day 45
Typically, 20% of patients have an excellent result after the first treatment, 50% show a vast improvement after session 2 (day15) and 86% of clients report a major change in their dry eye symptoms after treatment 3 (day 45). Maximal results are achieved with a 4th treatment on day 75. A final review (day 120) will ensure improvements to the function of the Meibomian glands is monitored.
Repeat treatments may be needed at 6-12 months depending on the severity of your MGD.
Subsequent dry eye assessments with the K5 keratograph, alongside qualitative assessment in discussion with your optometrist, will allow us to assess the progress of your treatment. We can also show you any improvements in your eyes via digital imaging of your meibomian glands, tear film break-up time, tear meniscus height, and quality of the lipid layer.
Between treatments, it is recommended that you continue to take 2000mg of omega 3 daily or Lacritec supplements 2-3 times a day. You can also continue to use your ocular lubricants, as needed. Blinking exercises may also be prescribed by Eyes On Brighton.
WHAT ARE THE RESULTS OF IPL TREATMENT?
The results of IPL treatment for MGD-related dry eyes are sometimes felt on the day of treatment and can be visible after just a few hours. Often, your optometrist will express your meibomian glands to help remove any blockage and also to assess the quality of your oils. The effect of IPL treatment is cumulative. Maximal results will be achieved once you complete your 4 session treatment plan.
ARE THERE ANY SIDE EFFECTS OF IPL?
Redness, swelling, and mild burning sensation similar to sunburn, can sometimes occur but, if it does occur, will subside within a few hours. With careful application of hydrogel, patient goggles and protective masking strips around blemishes and spots, treatment with IPL is designed to be very low risk, fast and effective.
WHAT ELSE CAN I DO ABOUT DRY EYES?
It is important to remember that there is no cure for MGD. However, at Eyes On Brighton we are committed to providing you with the latest treatments and technology available for treatment of Dry Eye Syndrome and Meibomian Gland Dysfunction. IPL has been shown to be very successful as a treatment to reduce the severity and frequency of your dry eye symptoms, reduce your dependence of drops and improve your quality of life.
At Eyes On Brighton we also provide additional, or alternative, treatments depending on your symptoms and the causes of your Dry Eyes.
Other dry eye treatments available are:
- LipiFlow Thermal Pulsation System for treating Evaporative Dry Eye caused by MGD.
- Blephasteam eyelid warming device to relieve symptoms due to Meibomian Gland Dysfunction
- Meibomian Gland Expression
We also recommend lifestyle changes, the use of Omega 3 supplements, specific eye drops for your symptoms, regular blinking exercises, and can provide eye-warming masks that you can use at your own convenience at home.
We are always happy to discuss any questions about dry eye treatment or dry eye symptoms with you in store or over the phone. If you require a comprehensive dry eye assessment, your optometrist will provide further information on the day of your appointment and well as details of what you require for your dry eye treatment action plan.
Disclaimer: This article is for information only and should not be used for the diagnosis or treatment of medical conditions. Eyes On Brighton has used all reasonable care in compiling the information but make no warranty as to its accuracy. Please consult our optometrists, or other health care professional for diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions.