Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)
- Intense Pulse Light (IPL) is a cutting edge technology that was originally used as a dermatological treatment to help with various skin conditions. It is one of the most progressive treatments in dry eye today. As patients were seeking treatment for skin conditions they began to notice reduced dry eye symptoms. Research shows IPL treatment led to a relief in dry eye symptoms while also limiting inflammation, rosacea, and abnormal blood vessels on the skin and face.
- If you suffer from irritation and dry eye symptoms IPL can help alleviate these symptoms and potentially eliminate the need for prescription eye drops. While this is a case-by-case basis decision, many patients do well with this drug-free, drop-free dry eye treatment. If you think you would benefit from this treatment or have symptoms and desire a dry eye evaluation please call Allisonville Eye Care Center at 317.577.0707!
The Quantum (The Q)
Our office now offers a unique home-therapy low light device for patients with dry eyes called the Quantum or “the Q” for short. Research confirms the ability of this device to improve the quality of the tear film. It is often combined with IPL (see link below) to improve the function of the oil glands, called meibomian glands, in the eyelids. Since nearly 90% of patients with dry eyes have meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD), this can provide effective relief and keep the eyes clear and comfortable.
The Q is easy to use and has been approved by the FDA as safe and effective. It helps in at least three ways:
- 1)The Q provides penetrating heat into the deeper eyelid tissue more effectively than a heat mask. This not only feels great but helps melt the stagnant oils to improve gland function. In addition, a microwave is no longer needed which improves convenience and flexibility of use.
- 2)The special blue light stimulates the power centers of cells in the eyelids to improve cell function through a process called photo biomodulation.
- 3)The blue wavelengths of light kill bacteria along the eyelid margins. An overgrowth of bacteria is commonly found in patients with dry eyes.
See the link below and watch the video from the inventor of the technology to learn more.
For more information or to schedule a dry eye evaluation at Allisonville Eye Care Center call us at 317-577-0707.