It has been little over 1 year since IPL was approved by the FDA for use on dry eye patients. Before we go into this new and exciting technology at Fab Eye Care we must explain what dry eye is. Dry eye disease is when your eyes do not have enough quality tears to properly protect and nourish the front of they eye called the cornea. In fact, without a properly formed tear film and cornea you would not be able to see clearly. This is why it is crucial to see your local eye provider if you are struggling with some of the following symptoms. These include red eyes, stinging or burning, feeling of something in the eyes, sensitivity to light, and blurry vision.
The IPL procedure isn’t new in the cosmetic world. Many med spas use it for treatment of rosacea, acne, aging spots, fine lines, wrinkles and more. However, eye doctors have found another breakthrough use, treatment of that pesky dry eye. It has been discovered that patients who had IPL in the past, achieved healthier lids and better tear (meibum) production. The dry eye world found these amazing results and a new era of treatments have begun. Eye providers like Fab Eye Care have an unique opportunity to help patients by performing IPL around the eyes for patients who struggle with red, itchy, dry eyes. We are able to get better treatments into and around the eye because we use a specialized eye shield that is inserted to protect the globe. This allows for better penetration and results around the skin of the eyeball. Most patients who struggle with ocular surface irritation suffer with evaporative dry eye which is the kind the IPL treats. Evaporative dry eye means that the patient’s lids do not produce enough lipid to properly coat the cornea because they are clogged with bacteria and thicker meibum (tears) . IPL opens up these glands and kills the bacteria via heat and light. In clinical trials, it was found that 95% of patient in the study has improvement in symptoms after four treatments. IPL treatments are done in office at Fab Eye by our eye care professionals. For the best results, 4 treatments are performed about 2 weeks apart. The procedure takes about 5-10 minutes and there is not visual recovery time. There is some skin care homework to be done for a couple of days prior and after.
At Fab Eye Care, our doctors are able to bring this exciting new technology to our patients. All four doctors are trained with IPL and can determine if you are a candidate for this procedure. If you have been suffering with dry eye symptoms, contact us today and see how we can help you. Fab Eye Care is located on Phoenixville, PA 1 block behind the Phoenixville Hospital. We are easily accessible from all four major counties in the region.