Dry Eye Management/OptiLight IPL Treatment


What Is IPL Treatment?

Intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy, aka photofacial, is a way to improve the color and texture of your skin without surgery. It can undo some of the visible damage caused by sun exposure — called photoaging. You may notice it mostly on your face, neck, hands, or chest.

IPL may help if you have red, brown, or splotchy skin because of a health condition.

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IPL for Dry Eye Treatment

IPL can also be used for Dry Eye Treatment/Relief!

IPL uses gentle pulses of light to treat the underlying causes of dry eye. It’s a painless procedure done in an optometrist’s office in about 30 minutes!

IPL targets the skin around the eyes, reducing inflammation and any bacterial growth in the area around your eyes. The light helps break the buildup of oil or other debris blocking the meibomian glands that produce oil for tears.

How IPL Treatment Works

IPL uses light energy to target a certain color in your skin.

When the skin is heated, your body gets rid of the unwanted cells, and that gets rid of the thing you’re being treated for. Unlike lasers, an IPL device sends out more than one wavelength of pulsating light. It can treat a range of skin conditions at the same time.

After IPL, you may look younger because your skin tone is more even. And since the light doesn’t hurt other tissue, you can get better quickly.


Who Should Get IPL Treatment?

It works best if you have pale or light brown skin. Talk to your dermatologist if you want to lessen or get rid of:

What to Expect During IPL Treatment

Before the procedure, don’t:

  • Tan in the sun, in a tanning bed, or with tanning creams for 4 weeks before you go
  • Wax, or get a chemical peel or collagen shots for 2 weeks before
  • Wear perfume, makeup, deodorant, or any skin irritants
  • Take aspirin or another drug that can make you bleed more
  • Take any medication that will make you sun-sensitive; for example, the antibiotic doxycycline.

Once you’re there, a technician or Optometrist will rub gel on your clean skin. If you are receiving cosmetic treatment only, you’ll wear dark glasses to protect your eyes. The handheld IPL device will go right on your body/face. The session will probably last 20 or 30 minutes. Large areas could take a bit longer.


Things to Keep in Mind About IPL

These procedures are private pay. Usually, cosmetic procedures aren’t covered by insurance. Ask us today about our payment plan options!

IPL can make your skin look better, but it can’t stop future aging. It also can’t help the condition that affected your skin. However, after your initial treatments, you can get follow-up treatment once or twice a year to maintain your look!

IPL will often take more than one treatment. Discuss your options with one of our Opticians today.

Give us a call to schedule your IPL Consultation today!