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Intense Pulsed Light Therapy

Dr. George Fournier privately trained with the creator of this revolutionary treatment and is excited to offer this new technology in our office. We are one of few offices in the United States that have been approved and have adopted this medical advancement.

Traditionally, the primary methods of treatment for Dry Eye Syndrome, Blepharitis, Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD), and Ocular Rosacea included ocular lubricants, Restasis, punctal plugs, steroids, antibiotics, warm compresses, and lid wash regiment. These treatments may decrease the symptoms, but do not address the underlying cause of the conditions. In addition, they are time consuming, sometimes ineffective and can be associated with unacceptable side effects.

Toyos Optimum Dry Eye Treatment utilizes Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) which targets the cause of these conditions. IPL has helped many patients eliminate or reduce their discomfort and improve their quality of life.

The treatment was featured on the television show The Doctors.

To view the actual procedure and get a brief explanation of how it works:

How does it work?

  • The Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) acts as a powerful warm compress to liquefy the secretions plugged up in the oil-secreting meibomian glands. This allows for thickened oils to be released easily.
  • IPL closes the blood vessels that transport inflammatory cytokines that cause chronic blockage of the glands. Once the glands are no longer inflamed or blocked, they start working again, creating a healthy, and stable tear film.

What can I expect?

  • The applicator is applied to the appropriate areas, and then easily tolerated brief pulses of light are emitted onto the skin.
  • Treatment time is about 20 minutes. Immediately after treatment, the area is cleansed and the patient can return to normal activities. The use of sunblock is recommended on any treated areas that may be exposed to the sun.
  • Generally, four treatments at 4-week intervals are sufficient to produce good, stable results. Depending on the severity of the dysfunction, some patients may need fewer treatments while others may need more. After the initial treatment, many patients report some improvement in their symptoms. Studies have shown an objective increase in tear function after each treatment, with the maximum improvement happening after the fourth treatment. Patients need maintenance therapy on average once a year.

For procedures not covered by insurance we offer Financing Options

  • Sometimes a person is unable to produce enough tears or their tears do not possess the right qualities to keep eyes healthy and comfortable. This can cause a consistent lack of sufficient lubrication and moisture on the surface of the eye, known as dry eyes.