IPL therapy is a cutting edge, in-office treatment for dry eye syndrome that uses intense pulsed light to address one of the root causes of dry eyes: meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD)!
What Are Meibomian Glands
In all likelihood, you’ve never heard of meibomian glands, but they play an extremely important role in ensuring the health of your eyes. Meibomian glands run across the edges of your upper eyelids and lower eyelids. These glands release the oil that coats your eyes and tear film, and the oil from the glands plays helps ensure that your tears don’t evaporate too quickly.
What Is Meibomian Gland Dysfunction
Meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) – which occurs when the glands become blocked – is at the root cause of an estimated 80% of dry eye syndrome cases. If the meibomian glands become blocked, they prevent oil from flowing properly. Without an adequate flow of oil, your tear film can become damaged, resulting in dry eyes!
How Does IPL Therapy Work
The aim of IPL therapy is to unblock the meibomian glands, by melting thick secretions on the eyelids and unclogging the buildup of oil. During the IPL procedure, pulses of light are delivered to the areas of skin around your eyes, in order to reduce inflammation and destroy any bacterial infection.
How Many IPL Treatments Will You Need
The amount of IPL treatments that you’ll need will depend on a number of factors, but the IPL treatment protocol for most patients is four treatments (spread out over four months)!
For more information about IPL therapy, or to schedule a consultation with an eye doctor, contact the eye care specialist that’s near you.