With the recent DEWS II Report1 still beginning to make its impact on diagnosis and treatment strategies in dry eye, the timing is perfect to begin rethinking our standard treatment protocols.
Topical anti-inflammatories, punctal plugs, heated compresses, and omega supplements are treatments ODs have been recommending with variable results for a decade. Ocular surface specialist Richard Adler, MD, outlines why intense pulsed light (IPL) treatments are quickly becoming a go-to treatment for chronic ocular surface inflammation and should be considered an important addition to your dry eye treatment regimen.
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IPL originated as a breakthrough dermatology procedure targeting telangiestatic vessels associated with facial rosacea. High output flashes of light in the wavelength of 500 to 1200 nm are applied to skin; the high heat energy acts to photocoagulate the small telangiestatic blood vessels, improving cosmetic appearance.