Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Therapy is a common treatment option for chronic dry eyes and Meibomian Gland Dysfunction. This groundbreaking treatment uses pulses of light to liquefy and release the oils clogging the meibomian glands, which, as mentioned previously, is responsible for effective eye lubrication. Besides unclogging the meibomian glands, the pulses of light also address the symptoms of chronic dry eyes, such as eyelid redness and inflammation.
During the IPL treatment, you have to wear eye shields to protect your eyes from the bright lights. The doctor applies cooling gel to the relevant treatment spots and administers the light pulses via the IPL device. The pulses of light liquify and unclog the meibomian glands, following which the doctor manually releases the trapped oils from the glands. Your eyelids can then continue lubricating your eyes, restoring optimal functionality.
Most patients notice considerable improvements in the eyes and vision after one or two sessions. However, you must complete the entire treatment plan, which usually includes four IPL sessions spaced one month apart. The treatment plan effectively addresses the root cause of chronic eyes, providing long-term relief. Depending on the severity of the problem, some patients may need maintenance treatments once in a while.