Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is a painless procedure performed in the offices of the Princeton Eye Group using the latest technology and specialized therapeutic equipment.
IPL was originally used to treat skin conditions on the face such as Rosacea. Over time, it was discovered that the therapy also benefited those with Dry Eye Syndrome, since the treatments affected the Meibomian glands which keep the eye moist. The physicians at the Princeton Eye Group are skilled in using IPL both to treat Dry Eye Syndrome as well as perform facial skin rejuvenation.
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Therapy for Dry Eyes
Intense Pulsed Light Therapy is a novel, non-invasive and highly effective way of treating a dry eye syndrome caused by mebomian (oil) gland dysfunction located in our eyelids. The Dermamed Quadra Q4 with DES is a specific medical grade Intense Pulsed Light technology designed for ophthalmology. IPL is FDA-approved for patients with rosacea and acne. It is a 5-minute, painless, outpatient procedure, which does not require sedation. Patients can drive themselves to and from the treatment sessions. The therapy is associated with a minimal post-operative discomfort and recovery.
Dry eye syndrome caused by oil gland dysfunction is a leading cause of dryness in our society and is commonly seen in patients suffering from rosacea, blepharitis or acne. Majority of patients have to use chronic topical (drops, ointments and warm compresses) and systemic (i.e. Doxycycline) medications since the above conditions are not curable. IPL Therapy is a medical breakthrough, which can significantly reduce that dependence. Usually 4 monthly treatments are required to achieve positive results. Results last on average 12 months and a once a year maintenance treatment is required thereafter.
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Therapy for Skin Rejuvenation and Whitening (“Photo Facials”)
IPL treatment has also a spectrum of additional positive effects on our skin reducing hyperpigmentation from sun damage and spider veins diminishing redness and brightening our skin stimulating collagen production. IPL therapy can be applied to the entire facial area to improve its cosmetic appearance. Such a treatment is called a photo facial. A three facial series performed a month apart is the most beneficial.
The treatments should be repeated yearly to maintain the effect. Photo facials are more successful in treating hyperpigmentation and redness then any topical products currently available on the US market. IPL therapy can only be performed on some skin types so a consultation is necessary to determine if the treatment would be appropriate and helpful.
Commercial insurances or Medicare do not cover IPL therapy or photo facials.
If you suffer from chronically red and irritated eyes or are interested in photo facials, please contact Princeton Eye Group at (609) 921-9437 for a Cosmetic or Cornea Consultation.