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Doylestown, PA

501 Hyde Park
Route 202
Doylestown, PA 18902
Phone: 215-230-9200
Fax: 215-230-9292

Hours

Monday 8am – 5pm
Tuesday 7am – 7pm
Wednesday 7am – 8pm
Thursday 7 am- 8pm
Friday 7am – 5pm
*Saturday (3rd Saturday of the Month) 1pm
*Saturday hours and dates are subject to change. If you do not have a scheduled appointment already, please call our office before coming in to confirm we are open.

Hopewell, NJ

2 Capital Way
Ste 326
Pennington, NJ 08534
Phone: 609-882-8833
Fax: 609-882-0077

Hours

Monday 7am – 5pm
Tuesday 7am – 7pm
Wednesday 7am – 8pm
Thursday 7am – 8pm
Friday 8am-5pm
*Saturday (1st and 4th Saturdays of the Month) 8am – 1pm
*Saturday hours and dates are subject to change. If you do not have a scheduled appointment already, please call our office before coming in to confirm we are open.

Hamilton, NJ

1445 Whitehorse-Mercerville Rd
Ste 106
Hamilton, NJ 08619
Phone: 609-890-0772
Fax: 609-890-0774

Hours

Monday 9am – 5pm
Tuesday 8am – 8pm
Wednesday 12pm – 8pm
Thursday 7am – 4pm
Friday 8am – 4pm
*Saturday (1st Saturday of the Month) 8am – 1pm
*Saturday hours and dates are subject to change. If you do not have a scheduled appointment already, please call our office before coming in to confirm we are open.

Fight Dry Eye with Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Therapy

Dr. Matossian demonstrates the Lumenis IPL System, a device that uses Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) to treat dry eye.

Data shows that more than 26 million people in the United States suffer from dry eyes. This often-times chronic condition typically fails to respond to over-the-counter products like eyedrops or artificial tears. If you suffer from dry eyes, despite diligent efforts at proper eye care, you should schedule an appointment with an eye doctor to discuss your options. Depending on the root cause of your dry eyes, Intense Pulsed Light Therapy, or IPL, may be the treatment that provides you real relief.

Underlying Causes of Dry Eyes

Understanding the underlying causes of dry eye is helpful in determining what course of treatment makes the most sense for you. Dry eye is typically the result of one of three root causes. These are:

  • Decreased Tear Production
  • Increased Tear Evaporation
  • Imbalance in the Makeup of Tears

If decreased tear production is causing dry eyes, this often is the result of aging, certain medications, or even tear duct damage. Decreased tear production can also result from medical conditions like diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and thyroid disorders.

If increased tear evaporation is causing dry eye, a common reason for the condition is a failure to blink and lubricate your eyes appropriately. This can happen if you spend a good deal of time working at a computer. Increased tear evaporation can also be caused by smoke, dry air and wind.

Finally, dry eyes can also result from an imbalance in tear film, which consists of three basic layers. These tear film layers are oil, water, and mucus. This imbalance oftentimes occurs as the Meibomian glands along the edge of your eyes become clogged.

A Look at Intense Pulsed Light Therapy for Dry Eye

An effective treatment for some types of dry eyes is Intense Pulsed Light therapy, or IPL. Specifically, IPL is a recommended treatment for dry eyes caused by issues with the Meibomian glands.

In basic terms, IPL involves the use of brief, powerful bursts of light aimed at your lower eyelid, which is the location of the Meibomian glands. IPL closes the blood vessels that secrete the proteins responsible for the malfunction of Meibomian glands.

IPL is a simple, painless treatment. It can be performed in a matter of minutes at your eye doctor’s office.

Typically four initial treatments are required to help the Meibomian glands function optimally. These are undertaken over a four-month time period. When the initial course of therapy concludes, your eye doctor may recommend maintenance treatments every six to 12 months.

Get on the Pathway to Dry Eye Relief Today

The experienced team of optometrists and ophthalmologists at Matossian Eye Associates can consult with you at your convenience to discuss your eye care needs, including addressing dry eyes. You can schedule an appointment by calling us at (800) 708-8800 today, or click here to visit us online.

Contact Us

Doylestown, PA
501 Hyde Park
Route 202
Doylestown, PA 18902

Phone: 215-230-9200

Fax: 215-230-9292

Hopewell, NJ
Two Capital Way
Suite 326
Pennington, NJ 08534

Phone: 609-882-8833

Fax: 609-882-0077

Hamilton, NJ
1445 Whitehorse-Mercerville Rd
Suite 106
Hamilton, NJ 08619

Phone: 609-890-0772

Fax: 609-890-0774

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