What Is Intense Pulse Light Therapy (IPL)
The first and only IPL FDA-approved for dry eye management.
Intense Pulse Light Therapy has been around for decades, using light to improve the appearance of skin.
Now we have OptiLight with Lumenis patented Optimal Pulse Technology. The first and only light based, non-invasive treatment done on the tissue surrounding the eyes. Using precise, intense broad-spectrum light to address inflammation, one of the key underlining factors in dry eye disease due to MGD.
Optilight was specifically developed to reach the delicate contours of the treated area safely, effectively, and gently. Multiple clinical studies have shown decreased inflammation, and it continues to be the number one therapy to help patients experience symptom relief and regain health suffering from dry eyes.
How Does IPL Work
IPL is an is an in-office treatment used on the eyelids and surrounding area for dry eyes. By using specific light wave lengths, inflammation is reduced and allows the oil producing meibomian glands to produce more lubrication for the eyes.
During the procedure, the heat from the light warms and liquefies the oil your body uses to create a homogenous tear film. IPL therapy can help this oil to move more freely and reduce blockages that cause dry eye symptoms.
The therapy also targets ocular rosacea and demodex which often cause inflammation in the vessels and delicate tissue around the eyes.
Benefits of IPL
I had three sessions of IPL. Jeanvieve took before and after pics. I was amazed at how great my spots looked after. I had a few troubled spots that bothered me and she took extra care to make sure they received extra attention. She has a great bedside manner. The staff at the office are wonderful too. She also recommended some great skin care products I love!!
Before & After
Is IPL for me?
This is a decision for you and the doctor to make together, a best plan of action, and results-based treatment plan that have been reviewed and discussed. We understand finding the right solution for your dry eye takes time, energy, and a financial commitment, but we are here to walk alongside you and help along the way. The best candidates suffer from:
What To Expect
The exam room and you will be prepped by a dry eye technician, this includes applying a gel to the treatment area, covering your eyes with shields, and making sure you are relaxed.
Next, Dr. Day will use the Opilight to pulse focused light on the skin below and around your eyes. You may feel a warm sensation, or some describe it as a “rubber band snap” against your skin, but most feel only mild discomfort.
Treatments take between 10-30 minutes depending on comfort and treatment area.
OptiLight typically involves a series of 4 treatments set 2-4 weeks apart. Once the session is over, you can return to your day, no waiting time.
Once treatment is complete a cooling gel is applied to the skin for comfort. It may feel sunburned, have extra redness, or some mild swelling where the procedure was done, but the side effects generally subside within a few days.
Many patients opt to do a lid expression (iLux) after IPL is complete to maximize the treatment options and results.
Prior To Treatment
If you are preparing for IPL, please note:
No Tanning within 2 weeks
Wash and clean face well morning of appointment
No Contact Lenses day of procedure
No makeup, lotions, or creams the day of procedure
Wear sunscreen daily throughout the treatments
No tanning or tanning beds