What is IPL laser for dry eye?
It consists of applying laser to the eyelids to stimulate the functioning of the glands found in this area (Meibomian glands), whose dysfunction is linked to dry eye and blepharitis. In this sense, the laser acts directly on the cause of the pathology.
IPL laser treatment:
- Reduces inflammation of the eye surface
- Improves tear film quality
- Stabilises the conjunctival flora (as it has an antimicrobial and antiparasitic effect)
In which cases is it used?
Pulsed light is used to treat different ophthalmological pathologies, such as:
- Dry eye
- A type of eyelid inflammation that can be due to a variety of causes, called blepharitis
The IPL laser can also be used for cosmetic purposes to treat certain blemishes, veins and redness, as well as skin appearance.
Before IPL laser treatment
Before applying the IPL laser, a complete eye exam and, if need be, tests to confirm the diagnosis must be performed.
Moreover, IPL laser is sometimes a complementary treatment, as some patients also require other therapies to treat their conditions.
It is necessary to avoid sunlight during the treatment and for 7 days after laser application. Four sessions are usually performed every two weeks.
The IPL laser treatment is carried out in a consultation room. First, cold gel is applied, as well as eye shields.
After preparing the patient, the laser is applied using high-intensity light pulses, which treat the area without damaging nearby structures. In this sense, the equipment features different wavelengths, depending on the filter the ophthalmologist uses to treat the pathology that affects the patient.
IPL laser treatment takes about 10-15 minutes and is painless. However, the patient may notice flashes of light from the equipment, as well as a certain feeling of heat.
At the end of treatment, patients can resume their daily activities. You are also advised to:
- Avoid exposure to the sun for 7 days after treatment
- Wear sunglasses outdoors, even during the 7 days following treatment
- Wash the area with pH-neutral soaps, without rubbing the eye and without using hot water
- Follow the treatment and other advice from the ophthalmologist