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IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) treatment is a drug free and drop free natural light-based treatment, which targets the root causes of dry eye – chronic inflammation. This is an exciting new treatment pathway towards ongoing relief from your Dry Eye. Imagine the freedom from frequent, routine use of moisturising eye drops!
There are many common treatments for dry eye – such as artificial tears, hot compresses, and eyelid wipes. The treatments generally help to relieve symptoms rather than treating the cause of the condition. IPL treatment for dry eyes actually treats Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD) – the root cause of evaporative dry eye. Treating MGD will not only relieve symptoms, but it will also to slow the progression of chronic dry eye.
If you’ve had limited relief with drops, warm compresses of lid wipes, then IPL treatment may be a better solution for you.
IPL stands Intense Pulse Light. It is a treatment for evaporative dry eye related to Meibomian Gland Dysfunction and ocular rosacea.
A number of mechanisms explain how IPL treats dry eye.
Generally, up to 4 treatments are required separated by a minimum of 2 weeks.
There is no cure for MGD. Warm compresses are still advised and only one session of IPL treatment is required every year.
IPL treatment takes around 15 minutes. However, we also perform a low light heat treatment to warm the oils in the lid for another 15 minutes.
Each IPL treatment costs £250.
How does IPL work and what can it treat?
It works by generating a gentle and effective pulse of light through the layers of the skin to treat periocular surface conditions, blood vessels and inflammation to treat amongst others:
These conditions are often inter-related. In fact, 80% of rosacea patients suffer from Meibomian Gland Dysfunction.
IPL Therapy is a ‘Bottom-Up’ rather than a ‘Top-Down’ innovation that targets treatment right at the root of the problem yielding simple, safe, and most-importantly effective results.
– The abnormal blood vessels in the inflamed lid margin are thrombosed as the IPL light coagulates the oxy-haemoglobin flowing through them. This stops the vessels releasing inflammatory mediators into the meibomian glands in the lid margin.
– Improved nerve function around the meibomian glands
– The IPL flash heats up and melts the meibum secretions blocking the glands, improving the tear lipids and reducing evaporation
– Demodex mites living in the meibomian glands are destroyed (a chromophore in the exoskeleton of the mite absorbs IPL energy). By eradicating Demodex, IPL reduces the consequent bacterial load on the eyelids, which in turn reduces chronic inflammation and the conversion of normal melting point meibum to high melting point lipid, thereby improving the fluidity of the lipids secreted and the quality of the lipid layer.
– Skin tightening – as we age, the collagen and elastin fibres relax, reducing skin rigidity and elasticity. IPL stimulates the fibroblasts and up-regulates the synthesis of collagen and elastin fibres
Most patients notice an improvement only a few hours after the first treatment. However, depending on the severity of the condition, up to four treatments may be required separated by 2-3 weeks. After the third or fourth treatment, further treatments will not be required for up to a year. Generally, patients require one top-up treatment annually.