Although benign, chronic dry eye syndrome is a bothersome condition that can affect everyday life. If left untreated, dry eye can cause blurry vision, itchiness, red eyes and frequent tearing.
The board-certified ophthalmologists at Texas Eye and Laser Center are pleased to offer patients the latest treatments for dry eye relief, including intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy. Here, our expert team answer frequently asked questions about the treatment.
How Does IPL Therapy Treat Dry Eye?
IPL therapy is specifically designed to treat dry eye syndrome caused by malfunctioning meibomian glands, which secrete oils to slow down the evaporation of tears. During treatment, a handpiece is used to emit pulses of light to heat the meibomian glands. This process melts away stagnant secretions and allows the meibomian glands to produce more of the oils needed to slow down the evaporation of tears.
Is the Procedure Painful?
IPL therapy is generally well tolerated by patients. Our team takes every precaution possible to ensure that our patients are comfortable during the procedure. First, we will cleanse the eye area and place protective eye shields to protect the skin around the eyes. We will then apply a thin layer of cooling gel on the treatment area and apply the IPL system handpiece. Patients will feel a temporary sensation when the device emits pulses of light, but this is typically well tolerated.
What Should I Expect Following IPL Therapy?
Following treatment, you will be able to resume your normal activities. You are also advised to wear sunglasses and apply sunscreen to your face, including the skin around your eyes.
How Many Treatment Sessions Will I Need?
The number of treatment sessions you will need will depend on the severity of your case. Most patients require four to six treatment sessions spaced one month apart.
What Results Should I Expect?
Most patients report improvement in their symptoms after their initial treatment and less dependence on artificial tears and other eye drops used to control dry eye. Clinical studies have found that symptoms continue to improve after each treatment, with maximum improvement typically occurring after the fourth treatment session.
It is important to note that IPL therapy is not for everyone. The best way to find out if IPL therapy can help relieve your dry eye symptoms is by scheduling a one-on-one consultation with a board-certified ophthalmologist from Texas Eye and Laser Center. During your consultation, your eye doctor can evaluate your symptoms in order to recommend the best treatment plan for you.
Contact Texas Eye and Laser Center by calling (817) 540-6060 today.