Chicago Cornea Consultants strives to offer cutting edge treatments for their patients including Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Treatment for dry-eye disease, eyelid inflammation, and meibomian gland dysfunction.
IPL Treatment for Dry Eye
Introducing real relief from dry, red, fatigued eyes caused by skin and eyelid inflammation.
Are you suffering from dry, red, tired or burning eyes? It may be caused by skin and eyelid inflammation. Affecting millions of Americans every year; over 85% of skin and eyelid inflammation patients also suffer from inflammatory ocular conditions, such as dry eye.
Does the need for frequent eye drop use in an attempt to control your symptoms frustrate you?
Chicago Cornea Consultants is now offering a revolutionary treatment using IPL technology to eliminate the root cause of your dry, red, fatigued and burning eyes that will also help your eyes feel calm and clear – while hoping to reduce your dependency on eye drops.
How Does IPL Work?
IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light, and is a light-based technology commonly used in dermatology for hair removal, treat acne, reduce redness, and improve the look of the skin, as well as treat rosacea and reduce telangiectasia (irregular blood vessels on the skin). Research has proven that IPL is also effective for reducing dry eye symptoms. IPL is now being used in eye care to treat meibomian gland dysfunction and dry eye disease.
During the procedure, a strategic level of light pulses is administered to penetrate the skin under the eye and cheek area from ear to ear and targets the root cause of the inflammation. As the IPL treatment treats your overall skin appearance, your eyelid inflammation is treated and improved as well. IPL procedures are effective, gentle and safe.
Who Responds Best to IPL Treatment?
IPL treatment is for patients with moderate to severe dry eye, especially those with blepharitis, ocular rosacea, or meibomian gland dysfunction. The treatment helps to improve the health of the meibomian glands, which produce the oil that helps prevent evaporation of the tear film. When this layer is unhealthy, the tears evaporate too fast and the tear film may become smeary and inflamed, leading to blurry vision, burning of the eyes, discomfort of the eyes and redness in many patients.
During the Procedure
You may experience a warm, tingling sensation as the light is applied to your skin. Ultrasound jelly is applied under the eye to help soothe the skin. Each session lasts approximately 15 minutes. Depending on the severity of your condition, an additional procedure to remove buildup of your meibomian glands, to accelerate your skin and eyelid healing process, may be recommended.
After the Procedure
Following treatment, your eye care provider may perform a meibomian gland expression (in this procedure, tiny “paddles” are used to compress the lower eyelid to squeeze out the contents of the meibomian glands). The purpose of meibomian gland expression is to accelerate your skin and eyelid healing process and is optional.
You may experience some redness and mild irritation in the treated areas – this will usually disappear within a day. Most patients are able to resume their daily activities the same day. Sunlight should be avoided for a few days following the treatment and sunscreen should be used.
The number of treatments recommended and results will depend on the patient, however, for optimal results, 4-5 sessions are typically recommended, with 3-4 weeks in between. Maintenance treatments, usually once every 6-12 months, are also recommended for optimal long-term results depending on the severity of the condition and often times will be combined with other dry eye therapies. IPL treatment is not covered by medical insurance.
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