The Fort Lauderdale Eye Institute is one of the first eye institutes in the United States to offer 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?

Fort Lauderdale Eye Institute 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 reducing 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 to treat rosacea and reduce telangiectasia. IPL is now being used in ophthalmology 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 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.

Benefits Include:

Improves eye comfort and vision clarity
Safe and Comfortable – FDA approved
Reduces your dependency on eye drops
Treats the root cause of the problem
Quick “lunchtime” treatment

During the Procedure

You may experience a warm sensation as the light is applied to your skin, but the treatment is gentle and you should not feel uncomfortable. 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 a portion of your meibomian glands, to accelerate your skin and eyelid healing process, may be recommended.

After the Procedure

Following treatment, your ophthalmologist 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 discomfort in the treated areas – this will usually disappear within a few hours. 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.

For optimal results, 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.