IPL and LLLT therapy for dry eye

IPL for Dry Eye is a new technology that helps people with Dry Eye Disease. If you work at a computer all day, it’s likely that your eyes are tired at the end of the day. Perhaps your eyelids feel heavy. Maybe your vision gets blurrier close to bedtime. Maybe your eyes look red, or simply feel dry. And the main cause of all of that is easily described as “dry eye” or “Office eye”. 

You are not alone. Dry eye is increasingly common and affects 10 to 15% of the Swiss population today. And it all comes down to a lack of lubrication from your tears. But the term “dry eye” doesn’t actually get to the root of the problem. Most of the time, when people complain about “dry eye”, it is actually “Meibomian gland dysfunction” or simply, MGD. Another term often used is “Blepharitis”. And treating it isn’t always as simple as lubricating your eyes with eyedrops.

IPL for Dry Eye (Eye-Light)

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) therapy has been used in dermatology for decades now, but more recently, IPL has been shown to be an effective treatment for chronic dry eyes caused by MGD.

ELZA’s IPL for Dry Eye device is the Eye-Light. It works by focusing pulses of polychromatic light with wavelengths (500-1200 nm) into the meibomian glands. The light is absorbed by oxyhemoglobin present in the blood vessels which raises the temperature of the affected cells being illuminated, which melts the solidified oil blockages that prevent the production of healthy, refreshing tears.

Most patients find that this approach brings many benefits, as it reduces the need for lubricating eye drops, makes your eyes feel more comfortable, and as a consequence, your quality of vision will improve, too. In short, IPL should bring relief from dry eyes. Scientific publications have shown that 4 IPL treatments are needed initially, then switch over to a maintenance treatment every 3 to 6 months, depending on if and how quickly MGD might return.

LLLT - Low Level Laser Therapy

The IPL treatment is usually combined with LLLT, which stands for Low Level Laser Therapy. This treatment modality has been in clinical use in dentistry and dermatology for years. For treatment of the eyelids, laser light is emitted in the infrared range of the spectrum. This light gently warms the Meibomian glands in the depth of the eyelids, so that the sebum can evacuate from the clogged glands.

Can IPL/LLLT be used for other conditions?

Besides for Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (Blepharitis), IPL and LLLT are effective in:

Accelerating
healing of styes

Treating
Demodex infections

Accelerating
wound healing after lid surgery

Healing of styes

Styes are an acute infection of one or several Meibomian glands. They usually take days to weeks to dissolve and are quite bothersome to the patients. IPL/LLLT therapy accelerates the healing. Number of therapy sessions needed: 1 to 2.

Treating demodex infections

Demodex are mites – little animals that live in the hair follicles of the eyelashes. This leads to constant inflammation and itchiness of the lids. Demodex mites are very resistant and hard to eliminate. IPL/LLLT is an efficient means to treat demodex infections. Number of therapy sessions needed: 1 to 2.

Accelerating wound healing after lid surgery

Whether it is therapeutic or cosmetic lid surgery, IPL/LLLT treatment promotes rapid and gentle wound healing. Number of therapy sessions needed: 1.

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Thunder Shiviah
Thunder Shiviah
14:05 23 Nov 21
After some research on local options I decided to go with ELZA since it stood out as the best. The operation and the... post-operation recovery went extremely smooth (something I was worried about with PRK). Now my vision is much better than I had hoped and I have no side effects such as dry eye or night vision problems. Thank you!read more
Squitieri Elias
Squitieri Elias
12:43 08 Sep 21
Die Behandlungen waren bei mir erfolgreich, alle waren sehr nett und haben mein Leben vereinfacht.Danke
Eliane Bossart
Eliane Bossart
13:01 05 Sep 21
Vor einem Jahr war ich einer ganz verzweifelten Situation und total im Stich gelassen. Meine Augen wurden aufgrund... eines ausgeprägten Kerakotonus immer schlechter, ich hatte Angst und war alleine mit meinen Problemen. Zudem vertrug ich die Kontaktlinsen nur noch ganz schlecht und hatte jeden Tag Schmerzen.Professor Hafezi hat mir mit zwei Operationen wieder das auf Grund der Situation mögliche an Lebensqualität zurückgebracht. Es war ein starpaziöses Jahr mit vielen Entbehrungen aber es hat sich gelohnt! Herzlichen Dank fuer die Unterstützung.read more
Gabriela Meyer
Gabriela Meyer
18:32 22 Aug 21
Ich wurde von meiner Optikerin auf Prof. Dr. Dr. Hafezi aufmerksam gemacht. Es war mir vorher nicht bewusst, dass meine... Augenkrankheit (Keratokonus) operativ mittels Cross Linking behandelt und so gestoppt werden kann. Die Beratung und Behandlung war sehr kompetent und ich fühlte mich jederzeit wohl. Die Operation verlief gut und das Ergebnis ist einwandfrei.read more
Naomi
Naomi
11:38 11 Aug 21
Ich bin sehr glücklich, dass ich das Elza Institute gefunden habe. Ich wurde von anderen Augenärzten abgewiesen, da... meine Augen zu kompliziert/schwierig zu behandeln waren. Prof. Dr. Dr. Hafezi konnte mir jedoch helfen und ich bin sehr glücklich und zufrieden mit dem Resultat. Vielen Dank!read more
Till B
Till B
08:30 19 Jul 21
Ich habe eine überaus kompetente Beratung und Behandlung erlebt. Die gesamte Betreuung war sehr freundlich und... professionell. Herzlichen Dank!read more
Thomas S.
Thomas S.
09:37 07 Jul 21
My left eye had to be operated on because of a cataract. As I had an Artiflex lens implanted a few years ago, it had to... be removed first before a modern lens could be implanted to correct the cataract. Prof. Hafezi treated me in an very competent and friendly manner. I am very happy with the result.read more
Selma A. Rahim
Selma A. Rahim
19:45 02 Jul 21
Dr. Hafezi.. the KING OF CXL🤴
Gianluca Ricci
Gianluca Ricci
12:46 10 Apr 21
Great team and service!
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rehaneyecare
05:36 08 Apr 21
Excellent surgeon
Steven H.A
Steven H.A
16:13 11 Jan 21
Prof. F. Hafezi s expertise is enormous and he has a very pleasant and calm nature which gives the patient... security.Thank youread more
Online Commande
Online Commande
09:19 05 Dec 20
Totally creepy, very arrogant Prof.He just want your money.It may explain, why this Prof. is not in the center of the... city of Zürich and why he has been thrown away from University of Geneva.read more
Elena Churilova
Elena Churilova
10:06 17 Nov 20
At the moment, 3 months have passed since the moment I made laser vision correction in this clinic. and I can say that... I am happy that I chose this particular clinic and Prof. F. Hafezi. The entire staff of the clinic is very friendly, treats patients with sympathy and patience if they are nervous before surgery (my big gratitude to Aida Alili for all support and patience). The doctor Hafezi and other doctors of the clinic are very professional and ready to explain to you as many times as you need. I can only recommend!read more
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