I.P.L. (Intense Pulsed Light) Here in July 2020!
The M22 Optima IPL, an instrument manufactured by Lumenis, emits short-wavelength blue light that targets photophores, which include melanin, hemoglobin, and water.
In the area of aesthetics, the traditional use of this light is to get rid of sunspots, freckles, color imperfections in the skin, fine lines, and mild wrinkles. It gives more of a porcelain type of appearance to the skin.
Medically, this treatment is an excellent addition to our Dry Eye menu of treatments. Dry eye is an inflammatory eye disease. This inflammation damages the glands in the lower eyelid, leading to decreased oil production, loss of eyelashes and scarring and thickening of the lid margin. The oil is required to protect the ocular surface from drying out and is even important for good vision.
The inflammation is caused by a cascading effect of the small blood vessels that your body produces in response to inflammation. They are weak and leak inflammatory products. Although tears may temporarily make your eye feel better, they do nothing to address the cause of the inflammation.
The only therapeutic procedure we have found to be successful at addressing the cause of this inflammation is IPL. It will destroy the small blood vessels that cause the inflammation and may even promote your glands to function better. As an added bonus this is the only dry-eye treatment that has a significant aesthetic benefit. There may be times when a combination of treatments, such as Lipiflow plus IPL may be recommended.
Call us to find out if IPL is right for you at 440-892-3931.