Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) For Dry Eye?

December 6, 2010

From EyeNet: Dr. Toyos has noted some success treating dry eye with IPL. The mechanism appears to be similar to its success in skin disease- it creates significant superficial heat. In other words, it’s like a great warm compress. The heat allows for better oily secretions from glands- this oil keeps the tear film stable. The heat also closes those small superficial blood vessels at the lid margin, making the lids look better. Better studies will show whether it’s really better than warm compresses and worth the cost.

 

 



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3 Responses to “Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) For Dry Eye?”

  • Rickie

    Are there any doctors doing this procedure in the St. Louis area? What are the risks?

  • ari

    i have no idea- sorry.

  • SUSAN EVANS, OD

    REVIEW OF OPHTHALMOLOGY NOV. 2010 ARTICLE “INTENSE PULSED LIGHT: FOR TREATING DRY EYE SAID DR TOYOS SAID 8 CENTERS IN THE U.S ARE CURRENTLY PERFORMING THE PROCEDURE. CAN YOU TELL ME WHERE THEY ARE LOCATED? IS FDA CLOSE TO APPROVING IPL FOR DRY EYE TX?

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