What is intense pulse light (IPL) for dry eyes?

IPL is a specifically calibrated series of intense pulsed light (IPL) which are precisely set at a specific energy and frequency. IPL is specifically designed for treating dry eye due to meibomian gland dysfunction. Treatment with IPL stimulates the meibomian glands and helps them to recover their function.

At For Eyes Optometrist, we utilise the Lumenis M22 technology for dry eye treatment. The Lumenis has a Medical CE certification in Europe and is also a registered medical device listed under the TGA in Australia and WAND in New Zealand.

Dry Eye IPL LumenisM22
What happens during IPL Treatment?

Before being treated with IPL, our optometrists will perform a comprehensive dry eye assessment. This will ensure that we understand the causes behind your symptoms and to create a dry eye treatment action plan, tailored to your condition. Our optometrists will advise if IPL is right for you.

During treatment,

  • Patients are required to remove all make up from the skin.
  • Patients are fitted with protective goggles.
  • Conductive gel is then placed beneath the eyelid area to ensure even spreading of pulsed light during treatment. 
  • IPL flashes are then applied safely beneath the eyelid area to stimulate the normal functioning of the meibomian glands.

For best results, there are 4 treatments at 2 week intervals with a follow up treatment between 3 to 6 months. Treatment may also be administered in conjunction with meibomian gland expression or other recommendations from our optometrists, including treatments you can do at home to ensure optimal results.

When can I expect a positive result?

Treatment is non invasive and optimal improvement to the normal functioning of the meibomian glands is typically seen after the third treatment (or subsequent treatments if required).

Our optometrists will also advise you on how to maintain the health of your meibomian glands through supplements, behaviour changes, dietary recommendations and at home treatments.