Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Treatments for Dry Eye


What is Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)?

Intense pulsed light therapy, also known as IPL, is a type of light therapy that has traditionally been used to improve the appearance of the skin by using a high-intensity pulsed light. A newer and exciting application of IPL is being used to treat ocular surface disease (OSD). Ocular surface disease is a condition that affects the eye’s ability to produce tears.

OSD can lead to dry eye symptoms such as irritation, redness, and blurry vision. IPL has been shown to be an effective treatment for ocular surface disease by increasing tear production and improving symptoms.

There are many benefits of IPL for OSD. IPL can help to reduce the symptoms of ocular surface disease, including dryness, redness, pain, and blurred vision.

IPL can also help to prevent further damage to the cornea and conjunctiva. Additionally, IPL for the ocular surface can help to improve the overall health of the eye by stimulating blood flow and increasing oxygenation.

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When Should You Use IPL for Ocular Surface Disease?

There are a variety of ocular surface diseases that can be improved with intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy. Some of these diseases include dry eye disease, meibomian gland dysfunction, Sjögren’s syndrome, vernal keratoconjunctivitis (VKC), and atopic keratoconjunctivitis (AKC).

We use IPL therapy to improve the symptoms of these diseases, as well as the appearance of the affected area. IPL therapy is typically performed on an outpatient basis and does not require anesthesia.

We recommend IPL for our patients when other lifestyle remedies–artificial tears, nutraceuticals, or lid hygiene–have not worked or have stopped helping.

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Who Is a Good Candidate for IPL?

If you experience any of the following symptoms, you may be a good candidate for IPL with aesthetics treatments for dry eye:

  • Sandy, gritty feeling in your eyes
  • Stringy mucus in or around your eyes
  • Burning or stinging sensation in your eyes
  • Redness in your eyes
  • Excessive tearing or watering of your eyes
  • Itchy eyes
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Blurry vision

If you have any of these symptoms, IPL with aesthetics treatments may be able to help. The treatment can help improve the quality of your tears and make them more evenly spread across the surface of your eye. This can help reduce irritation and improve overall comfort.

There are situations in which IPL may not be suitable for you. Dr. McLaughlin will go over these with you at your initial evaluation.


IPL for Facial Aesthetics

IPL is commonly used to treat hyperpigmentation, age spots, sun spots, rosacea, or skin lesions. It can also be used to treat wrinkles, acne, and other skin conditions.

The versatility of IPL has allowed Dr. Julie McLaughlin to treat many patients for these facial cosmetic issues, regardless if they are seeking treatment for dry eye or not. VIsit our Facial Aesthetics page to learn more or ask about facial treatments at your next visit!

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Schedule with Dr. Julie McLaughlin for IPL Treatments

If you’ve been struggling with dry eye symptoms, call today to schedule IPL treatments with Dr. Julie McLaughlin. Dr. McLaughlin has established a specialization in the diagnosis and treatment of dry eye disease. She is passionate about educating her patients about dry eye and offering them tailored treatment options.

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About Lehigh Eye Specialists

Lehigh Eye Specialists is an industry leader in providing diagnoses and surgery for retinal diseases and conditions. Our dry eye specialist, Dr. McLaughlin provides clients with unparalleled care.

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