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Our West Orange office will be permanently closed starting 9/17/21. Please visit us at our Whippany location.

Alleviate Dry Eyes and Inflammation with IPL Therapy

Dry eyes and blepharitis can cause chronic discomfort and light sensitivity. At our West Orange, NJ, practice, Dr. Kenneth S. Miller and his team use intense pulsed light (IPL) to repair Meibomian gland dysfunction and help patients find relief. For over forty years, our practice has been proudly serving patients in our community with personalized care and incorporate the latest technology to ensure successful results.

What is IPL?

meibomian glandsFor over two decades, intense pulsed light therapy has been used as a cosmetic treatment for pigmented lesions, unwanted hair, and vascular lesions. Though it was originally intended for dermatological use, IPL is now one of the most effective treatments for dry eyes. By targeting the Meibomian glands, which are responsible for secreting oils onto the surface of the eyes, IPL can alleviate the complications of evaporative dry eye disease (DED) and Meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD).

For optimal success, IPL treatments should be repeated three to four times within a 16-week period. 

IPL devices deliver controlled energy to the tissue through an intense burst of broad-spectrum light. This energy can break apart oil buildup that has blocked the glands and prevented the natural moisturizing process. In some cases, our doctors can also use IPL to treat eyelid inflammation and rosacea.

Who is a Candidate for IPL?

As is the case with any medical treatment, it is important to undergo a full assessment to determine your candidacy for IPL. You may not be a candidate for IPL if you:

  • Have a fresh tan
  • Have excessive scarring
  • Are currently undergoing radiation treatment
  • Have lupus
  • Have active herpes or a history of facial lesions
  • Are currently receiving gold therapy for rheumatoid arthritis
  • Are taking tetracycline, minocycline, or doxycycline
  • Have taken Accutane within the past year
  • Have an active skin infection on the face
  • Are planning a vacation to the beach or tropics immediately following your treatment

During an initial consultation, one of our doctors can carefully review your medical history and lifestyle to establish whether or not IPL would be advantageous for you. We can also take the time to answer any questions or address any concerns you may have about the treatment. 

IPL Treatment Process

For optimal success, IPL treatments should be repeated three to four times within a 16-week period. On the day of each procedure, you should not wear eye or face makeup. We can also provide protective eyewear before beginning treatment. Once you are ready, your doctor may apply a special gel to allow for easy application of the handheld device. Then, your doctor can apply the device to the target areas.

It is important that you do not tan after your procedure. You will also be required to wear sunscreen between your appointments to protect your skin and promote healing. 

Improve the Health of Your Eyes 

In a 2015 study of 91 patients with MGD, over 90 percent of cases improved, with limited adverse effects. If you are experiencing symptoms of dry eyes, or if you have been told you have inflammation of the eyelids (blepharitis,) IPL treatment could be the solution. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Miller, contact us online or call our office at (866) 99 EYE DR.

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Dr. Kenneth S. Miller is a board-certified ophthalmologist with 40 years of experience serving the Northern New Jersey area. He is a member of several professional organizations, including:

  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery

To schedule a consultation at our practice, contact us online or call us in West Orange, NJ, at (973) 325-3300.

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