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Why IPL Treatment?

Amidst the array of common treatments for dry eye, such as artificial tears, hot compresses, and eyelid wipes, the majority focus on alleviating symptoms rather than addressing the root cause. Enter IPL treatment for dry eyes, a game-changer that targets Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD)—the very source of evaporative dry eye. By tackling MGD, not only do you find relief from symptoms, but you also take a step toward slowing down the progression of chronic dry eye.

If you’ve found limited relief from the usual drops, warm compresses, or lid wipes, perhaps it’s time to consider a more comprehensive approach. IPL treatment offers a potential solution that goes beyond symptom relief, bringing you closer to lasting comfort and improved eye health.

How does IPL work?

The eyelids house vital meibomian glands responsible for producing the oil that contributes to the tear film. This oily layer plays a crucial role in preventing tears from evaporating. When these meibomian glands encounter obstruction or inflammation, Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD) emerges. Notably, patients with facial or ocular rosacea exhibit abnormally dilated blood vessels (telangiectasia) along the eyelid margins. These expanded vessels introduce heightened inflammation to the eyelids, potentially leading to meibomian gland dysfunction.

IPL treatment steps in with a dual role: photocoagulation, which closes these irregular vessels, and photorejuvenation of skin cells. Additionally, IPL treatment works to open up the meibomian glands and liquefy the oil that resides within them. Following the IPL procedure, our optometrists employ manual expression to release the old oils lodged in the lids, further enhancing the therapeutic effect of the treatment.

Who Shouldn’t have Treatment?

Please refrain from undergoing IPL treatment for dry eyes if you have used tanning beds within 3-4 weeks prior to the scheduled treatment. Moreover, if you have taken isotretinoin (roaccutane) in the past year, consider postponing the treatment.

It’s recommended to avoid IPL treatment during pregnancy, as per the manufacturers’ guidelines. Additionally, if you have a history of cancer in the treatment area, active cold sores, herpes simplex or herpes zoster virus, a history of keloids, or metal plates, rods, or screws in the treatment area, it’s advised to defer the treatment.

Furthermore, if you are using photosensitive medications, herbal supplements, or oral antibiotics, it’s best to avoid IPL treatment. Individuals with conditions like psoriasis, vitiligo, warts, lupus, scleroderma, or any connective tissue disorder are also advised to avoid the treatment.

To ensure optimal results, it’s recommended to avoid Botox and dermal fillers for 1 week prior to treatment and 2 weeks after treatment.

Lastly, individuals with Fitzgerald skin type four or below (darker skin tones) should be cautious, as there is a potential risk of depigmentation.

Advice after Treatment

For the next two weeks, make sure to apply sunscreen with SPF 30-50 every 2 hours, especially when engaging in activities like walking or driving to minimise sun exposure. Consider using a soothing gel or cream, such as aloe vera, if needed, to provide comfort to the treated area.

To promote optimal healing, refrain from picking or scratching the treated area. Be mindful that you might experience mild swelling, redness, or crusting for up to 5 days following the treatment.

For the next two weeks, avoid using harsh cleansers or scrubs on your face to ensure gentle care for the treated skin.

If the treated area doesn’t have broken skin, you’re welcome to apply makeup over it. This allows you to maintain your usual routine while benefiting from the treatment.

To further aid the healing process, consider applying warm compresses using an EyeBag to your eyes. Aim for 10 minutes, 2-3 times per day for the next 3 days, and then switch to using it every night. If you’re interested, EyeBags are available for purchase at our practice.

How Quickly does it Work?

The positive effects of the initial treatment are often noticeable within a mere few hours for most patients. Yet, the extent of the condition’s severity can influence the treatment path. Four treatments are generally required, spaced apart by intervals of 2-3 weeks.

Following the third or fourth treatment session, it’s worth noting that subsequent treatments won’t be necessary for nearly a year. Typically, a single top-up treatment on an annual basis suffices to maintain the desired results for patients.


Initial Consultation £175*


IPL (total cost for course of 4 treatment) £1000

*For IPL, the dry eye consultation fee is only payable prior to the first treatment.

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