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IPL Therapy – Treatment for Dry Eye

Jul 1, 2024

Dry eye disease can impact your quality of life, causing discomfort, irritation, and vision problems. At Vision Center of Lake Norman in Mooresville, NC, and Lifetime Eyecare in Newton, NC, we offer a cutting-edge solution: intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy. If you have dry eye, this innovative treatment can provide relief and help you see clearly and comfortably again. Read on for more information about IPL therapy as a treatment for dry eye!  

What is IPL therapy? 

Intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy is a non-invasive treatment that uses broad-spectrum light to target the root causes of dry eye disease. Originally developed for dermatological conditions, IPL has proven effective in treating dry eye by reducing inflammation, improving the function of the meibomian glands in your eyelids, and enhancing tear film stability. 

How IPL therapy works 

IPL therapy uses controlled pulses of light to target the skin around the eyes. The light energy penetrates the skin and addresses several underlying issues that contribute to dry eyes: 

  • Reduces inflammation: IPL therapy reduces inflammation on the eyelids and surrounding areas, which is often a primary cause of dry eye disease. 
  • Unclogs meibomian glands: The heat generated by IPL helps to melt and release blockages in the meibomian glands, which produce the oily layer of the tear film. 
  • Kills bacteria and mites: IPL therapy has antimicrobial properties that can eliminate bacteria and Demodex mites, both of which can exacerbate dry eye symptoms. 
  • Stimulates collagen production: The treatment stimulates collagen production, improving the skin’s elasticity and health, which can enhance the overall function of your eyelids. 

What to expect during IPL therapy  

During an IPL therapy session, our dry eye specialists in Newton and Mooresville will apply gel to the treatment area and use a handheld device to deliver precise pulses of light. The procedure is quick, typically taking about 15-20 minutes. You may experience a mild warming sensation, but most patients find the treatment to be comfortable. We recommend scheduling a series of treatments, usually spaced a few weeks apart, for optimal results. Our team will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan tailored to your specific needs and severity of dry eye symptoms. 

Benefits of IPL therapy for dry eye 

  • IPL therapy can provide significant and lasting relief from dry eye symptoms.  
  • It’s a non-surgical, non-invasive treatment with minimal discomfort and downtime.  
  • By addressing the dysfunction of the meibomian glands, IPL therapy enhances your tear quality, keeping your eyes lubricated and comfortable.  
  • Patients often find they can reduce their reliance on artificial tears and other medications after undergoing IPL therapy. 

Is IPL therapy right for you?  

If you suffer from chronic dry eye and have not found relief with traditional treatments, IPL therapy might be the solution you’ve been seeking. At Vision Center of Lake Norman and Lifetime Eyecare, we provide the latest and most effective treatments to improve your eye health and quality of life. 

If you’re suffering from symptoms of dry eye, schedule an eye exam and let us help you achieve lasting relief and clear, comfortable vision.