What is intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy?
Intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy is used to treat common eye conditions, such as chronic dry eyes, by stimulating lubrication production in your ocular glands. IPL for dry eye works by utilizing pulses of light energy at different wavelengths, offering a fast and comfortable solution to help alleviate dry eye syndrome. This FDA-approved and minimally invasive treatment option is available at West County Ophthalmology for patients near Chesterfield or O'Fallon, MO who have chronic dry eye. Contact your nearest location to request a consultation.
How does intense pulsed light (IPL) work?
IPL for dry eye sessions typically lasts about 15 minutes. To begin, your eyes will be cleaned and shielded. A special gel will be applied to the area around the eyes so the IPL handpiece can administer short, targeted bursts of light energy on and around the periocular area (the lower eyelid) and on the upper cheek. You may feel some heat as this process is repeated multiple times. When the session is complete, you may see some minor redness and feel a slight discomfort in the skin around your eyes. We recommend you wear sunblock to protect the treated areas after your session. In a short period of time, you should experience more lubrication in your eyes as well as notice an improvement in the appearance of the skin around your eyes.
Relief for dry eyes
If you experience itchy, dry, or burning eyes and over-the-counter remedies have not yet proven effective, then intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy may bring you relief. Consult with our team at West County Ophthalmology in Chesterfield or O'Fallon, MO to learn more about the benefits of IPL and discover whether or not you are a candidate for this advanced dry eye treatment option.
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