Dry Eye Disease Treatment
Technology, Risks and Benefits
How do we treat Dry Eye Disease?
Intense Pulse Light (IPL) was initially introduced in advanced Dermatology to treat numerous skin conditions. It has since been proven effective in treating various dry eye conditions.
What technology is used in the treatment of Dry Eye Disease?
IPL uses brief powerful bursts of light at specific nanometre wavelengths to target change in blood vessels near the surface of the tear film. IPL works by these blood vessels absorbing heat, this mechanism is similar to hot compressing, enabling the pores of the glands to open up. A practitioner will then express the gland to remove the blocking matter.
What are the risks of Dry Eye Disease treatment, if any?
The risks involved with IPL treatment are low, but there is a chance of side effects such as redness, swelling and burning pain. There is also a chance that the IPL could cause infection, requiring further treatment.
What are the benefits of Dry Eye Disease treatment?
IPL treatment has resulted in improved symptoms such as less dryness, decreased use of lubricating eye drops, decrease in redness and foreign body sensation.