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Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Therapy

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Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Therapy
The main source of tear-film trouble is the Meibomian gland.  If these glands malfunction, the lipid layer may be reduced, allowing rapid evaporation of the tear complex.  Furthermore, if the secretions from the Meibomian glands become trapped inside the glands, inflammation and bacteria can follow, worsening the problem. Researchers have been refining a new approach to treat this problem, using intense pulsed light, or IPL, originally developed for use in dermatology.  Brief, powerful bursts of light at specific wavelengths (in this case, between 500 and 800 nm) are applied to the lower eyelid area. IPL works by closing the blood vessels that secrete the proteins responsible for the chronic inflammation and damage of the Meibomian glands.

The IPL treatment is performed in the office; takes only a few minutes and is painless. For those who have been suffering with dry eye syndrome with inadequate relief with other methods, IPL may be the appropriate therapy. Interestingly, the Intense Pulse Light machine was originally designed for skin rejuvenation but the technology has been completely reformatted so it can be used as a dry eye syndrome treatment.Matossian Eye Associates is offering the IPL treatment through their accredited Dry Eye Center of Excellence.

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