IPL Therapy

What is IPL Therapy?

  • This treatment uses brief bursts of light to melt Meibomian Gland secretions (oils that protect the tear layer), followed by in-office therapeutic Meibomian Gland expression.
  • The use of IPL to treat dry eyes was first discovered in 2004 and remains the best treatment currently known to relieve the symptoms of Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (a common cause of dry eyes).

How successful is it?

  • According to a study conducted in 2015, 86% of patients reported improvement after 3 treatments
  • The improved effects are longer lasting than any other treatment currently available and can prevent gland degeneration.
  • It’s better to be pre-emptive and treat Meibomian Gland Dysfunction early before it permanently damages your glands.

How many treatments will I need?

  • The effects of IPL are cumulative.
  • Four to eight treatments are recommended with top-up treatments advised every 3-12 months. The number of treatments and length of time between top-up treatments is dependent on the severity of your dry eye.

What is involved?

  1. Before treating dry eye, we will need to do a comprehensive eye examination to ensure the health of your eyes.
  2. A dry eye assessment with a therapeutically qualified Optometrist. This includes:
    • Photos of the current state of the eye,
    • Dry eye questionnaire,
    • Tear quality and oil gland function check
  3. The procedure involves IPL heat/light treatment around the lower lid area to open the blocked oil glands, then manual gland expression with a therapeutically qualified optometrist.
    Our optometrist performs double to triple expression of each gland to achieve the best results.