IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) and Meibomian Gland Expression
eye – light® IPL
The Solution for Dry Eye Disease
Intense pulse light (“IPL”) is currently the best solution available for dry eye. The IPL machine uses intense pulse light to stimulate and dissolve blockages of the meibomian gland to restore normal function. The eye – light® is a world first system using a combination of photobiostimulation and pulsed light to treat meibomian gland dysfunction and dry eye. It combines a unique combination of Optimised Power Energy (“OPE”), Intense Pulsed Light and Low Level Light Therapy to treat both the upper and lower eyelids.
Unlike most other IPL systems, the OPE/IPL technology does not require the use of messy gels, as it automatically detects skin type and completely manages pulse intensity by dedicated software, to provide the most effective and safe treatment.
The effects of the treatment are cumulative, so for maximum results four treatments are required every two weeks. It only takes 20 minutes and feels a little like a hot flick – almost like a rubber band being snapped.
More about Meibomian Glands
There are about 25 to 40 Meibomian glands in the upper eyelid and 20 to 30 in the lower eyelid. The function of these glands is to secrete oils onto the surface of the eye to stabilise the tear film. These oils help keep the eye moist and comfortable by stopping the tears from evaporating too quickly. If the glands are blocked the eye will become dry and uncomfortable. this condition in known as Meibomian Gland Dysfunction.
Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (“MGD”)
MGD is a blockage or some other abnormality of the Meibomian glands, so they don’t secrete enough oil into the tears. Because the tears then evaporate to quickly, MGD is associated with dry eye syndrome. it is also connected with an eyelid problem called blepharitis.
Meibomian Gland Expression can also bring longer lasting relief from Dry Eye symptoms. The meibomian glands are warmed using Blephasteam Goggles, the Optometrist will then gently squeeze the upper and lower eyelids to express the white waxy substance (a bit like toothpaste!) from the glands, This then stimulates the lipid stream (the oily substance that mixes with the tears to reduce evaporation). The effects of the treatment are cumulative, so for maximum results three treatments are required for three weeks.
The patient is then advised to continue with maintenance treatment. Hydrating Sleep Masks / Hydrating Heat Masks and massage, together with Optimel Drops (daytime) and Optimel Gel (night time) and Lid ‘n Lash Plus Cleansing Wipes. Click on the following link for more information on maintenance treatment products. https://thompsonoptometrists.co.nz/dry-eye/