Dry eye disease is one of the most common eye conditions people suffer from. Dry eyes occur when tears aren't able to provide adequate moisture. This may be due to insufficient tear production, poor tear quality, or both. At Normandy Optical, we offer the latest in dry eye treatments including Intense Pulsed Light (IPL).
What Is Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) for Dry Eyes?
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) therapy is a dry eye treatment that can help reduce eyelid inflammation and improve dry eye symptoms. It is the first and only IPL treatment FDA-approved for the management of dry eye disease due to meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD).
MGB occurs when the meibomian glands fail to provide enough meibum. This can be triggered by various factors and causes the tear film to evaporate quicker, making the eyes feel dry and uncomfortable. MGD is the most common cause of dry eye disease, causing about 80% of cases. IPL dry eye treatment counteracts the obstruction or malfunction of the meibomian glands by unclogging the oils needed to keep eyes moisturized and comfortable.
Dry Eye Symptoms
Do you suffer from dry eye disease? Symptoms include:
Scratchy or gritty sensation
Itching and/or burning
Foreign body sensation
Increased irritation from wind and smoke
Contact lens discomfort
Fluctuating vision throughout the day
If you are experiencing any of the above dry eye symptoms, schedule an appointment at Normandy Optical today. Our experienced eye doctors can perform a thorough eye exam and determine if IPL treatment is right for you!
IPL Treatment for Dry Eyes
Lumenis, the inventor of IPL, utilizes the healing power of light energy with their patented Optimal Pulse Technology (OPT™). Our eye doctors use IPL with OTP technology to elevate dry eye management. IPL applies light pulses to the eyelids, eyebrows, and upper cheekbone areas of the face with maximum precision and comfort, gently warming the eyelids. This causes the meibomian glands to unclog and release oils, thus reducing the rapid evaporation of tears typically associated with MGD.
Lumenis IPL for dry eyes can help:
Reduce inflammatory mediators - Decrease the level of pro-inflammatory mediators to inhibit inflammation
Improve tear breakup time - Significantly boost tear break-up time and decrease osmolarity
Alleviate abnormal blood vessels - Destroy the abnormal blood vessels that perpetuate inflammation
Restore meibomian glands - Improve meibomian gland morphology and functionality
Decrease Demodex - Decrease the population of Demodex mites, which stimulate infection and boost the bacterial load on eyelids
How Many IPL Eye Treatments Will I Need?
Each OptiLight session takes about 15 minutes, and patients generally have a series of four treatments over four to six months. Contact Our Dry Eye Doctors
If you want to treat your dry eye symptoms and help keep your eyes moisturized and comfortable, contact Normandy Optical today. We are proud to offer the first and only FDA-approved IPL treatment for dry eye due to MGD.
Our knowledgeable eye doctors are experienced in treating dry eye disease as well as a wide range of other ocular conditions. When you choose Normandy Optical for dry eye treatment, you can be confident that your vision is in good hands! Schedule an Eye Examination Today