Eye inflammation is the underlying cause of several conditions with uncomfortable, sometimes debilitating symptoms. Minimizing the inflammation can effectively treat the condition and promote healing.
At Texas State Optical McAllen in McAllen, we get to the root of your symptoms by targeting the underlying problem. For eye inflammation, we offer a groundbreaking treatment called intense pulsed light therapy (IPL) that harnesses the healing power of light.
What is Intense Pulsed Light Therapy?
IPL is an in-office treatment that uses specific wavelengths of light to reduce inflammation and deliver gentle heat to the delicate eye tissue.
This versatile treatment can be used to treat dry eye syndrome, styes, chalazia, eye rosacea and meibomian gland dysfunction. It also [minimizes] the appearance of wrinkles, acne scars and sun spots.
How Does IPL Treatment Work?
IPL works by reducing the amount of dilated or broken blood vessels along the eyelid margins, which decreases eye tissue inflammation.
The intensity of the light will depend on the depth of the target area and the patient’s desired outcome.
What’s Involved in an IPL Treatment?
We’ll start your IPL treatment by placing shields over your eyes to protect them from the light pulses. Then we’ll apply a thin layer of cooling gel to the treatment area. Your eye doctor will use the IPL device to administer pulses of light to your eyelid region.
After administering IPL, your eye doctor will express the clogged oil from the glands to help restore the normal flow of oil to the tear film.
Though patients usually notice an improvement in dry eye symptoms following their first or second treatment, we generally recommended monthly IPL treatments for 4 consecutive months for long-term relief.
How Is IPL Different From Other Dry Eye Treatments?
Standard eye treatments such as over-the-counter eye drops, artificial tears, hot compresses, and eyelid scrubs aim to temporarily relieve symptoms but don’t treat the root cause of the condition. IPL is unique because it targets the source – the blood vessels surrounding the glands.
IPL Therapy and Other Dry Eye Treatments in McAllen
If you’ve tried various treatments for dry eye or other eye conditions and still struggle with unpleasant symptoms, we can help.
Get the relief you seek by scheduling your consultation at Texas State Optical McAllen in McAllen today!