What is IPL?

What is IPL?

Intense Pulsed Light (abbreviated IPL) is the use of intense pulses of non-coherent light of specific wavelengths to target various chromophores in the skin. This enables effective treatment of dry eye and ocular rosacea.

How Does IPL Work?

Broad spectrum pulsed light is transmitted through a continuously cooled applicator and is gently placed over the skin. Filters in the hand piece change the range of wavelengths, optimizing it for different skin types. The light penetrates the tissue and is absorbed by the blood chromophores of the unwanted blood vessel, resulting in a shrinking of these vessels, giving the skin a more even and youthful appearance and reducing facial inflammation.

Dr. Matthew Ward utilizing the M22 IPL

About Ocular Rosacea

Ocular Rosacea is a chronic skin condition which expresses itself in redness on the face which can extend to the neck and chest. The exact cause of Rosacea is not yet fully understood, and there are many people that have a degree of rosacea, but are unaware of it, and are also unable to find the reason for their dry eye.

Ocular Rosacea can be effectively treated using Intense Pulsed Light (IPL). IPL uses controlled light in specific wavelengths to reduce the inflammation, redness, and unwanted appearance caused by the condition. IPL offers a gentle, long-lasting solution for those suffering from Ocular Rosacea by providing a gradual and natural improvement to the skin’s appearance.

The Lumenis M22 Solution

The Lumenis IPL with OPT™ is considered “best in class” for treatment of ocular rosacea and its efficacy has been proven in over 80 peer reviewed papers. The IPL procedure removes facial superficial vessels and as a result dramatically decreases or completely eliminates facial redness. The vascular components of Ocular Rosacea can vary from flushing to visible blood vessels and can have different densities and depths. The Lumenis M22 successfully coagulates each sub-type of capillaries, reducing the redness and may reduce recurrence of the condition. In reducing the ocular rosacea, many are also seeing a drastic reduction in eyelid redness, as well as symptoms of ocular discomfort, irritation and grittiness.

Clinical Evidence

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