Treating Dry Eye With Optima IPL

Treatment involves the application of IPL pulses on the cheeks, nose (from tragus to tragus), and below the lower eyelids, usually administered in two passes. IPL settings depend on skin type. The schedule of treatments consists of 3 to 4 sessions, 2 to 4 weeks apart. Usually a single maintenance treatment is required after 6 to 12 months 19.

Patients may feel a mild snapping sensation during therapy, but treatment with Optima IPL continuously cooled handpiece is designed for enhanced comfort. Patients can resume everyday activities with minimal downtime. Signs and symptoms of inflammation may begin to improve after 1 to 2 treatments and steadily improve through the full course of therapy12.

Dry Eye Disease Diagnosis

Dry Eye Disease is one of the most difficult ophthalmic conditions to diagnose, mainly because there is a lack of correlation between different signs, and between signs and symptoms. Common findings of dry eye include corneal staining, a positive Schirmer’s test, low meibum quality, evidence of gland obstruction or dropout on meibography, and early tear break-up time.

The Antares offers objective data for diagnosis of dry eye. In addition to being a state-of-the-art corneal topographer, it allows users to perform quantitative meibography, measure the tear meniscus height, and track the tear-break-up time in a non-invasive manner (NIBUT).

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