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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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Overall as a 50 year old, who wanted to continue to avoid wearing glasses and/or contact lenses, my goal was 100%... achieved with ELZA and Dr. Hafezi. I greatly appreciated the overall approach by Dr. Hafezi and his friendly and competent team in reviewing my vision at the start and following a comprehensive eye exam- the explanations of my options. For me I chose PRK in one eye for a monovision solution to correct short sightedness which was becoming more prevalent in night driving and sports such as skiing and cycling. PRK heals slowly but the outcome is worth the wait- and the cost- you use your eyes every waking moment- and for me I cannot see any reason not to pursue better vision with the ELZA team! A great quality of life enhancement!read more
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Thank you so much, Dr. Torres and prof. Hafezi. 26 years I was only “dreaming” about the eye surgery due to possible... complications. I was worried ..Thank you for encouraging me to make a decision and thank you for your professionalism, explanations and great work!I wish you all the best, lots of success and only happy patients!read more
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I have been to the ELZA clinic to have surgery for my miopy, as my eyes were rejecting the contacts and I was tired of... wearing glasses. From the first preliminary visit, to the actual surgery and post-surgery care Dr. Hafezi and all his collaborators have been extremely professional, considerate and helpful. All the steps of the (very short!) surgery were thoroughly explained to me in order to be as calm as possible, together with the medication plan and precautions to be aware of so that my eyes could heal in the best way possible. By following their exact instructions, the healing process has been very successful and smooth, and after about one week I was able to see perfectly. I absolutely recommend this team and their expertise!read more
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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
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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
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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
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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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The day I had Prof Hafezi checking my keratoconus I knew I was finally in the right place after years of searching for... a good ophthalmologist. Prof Hafezi recommended a surgery due to a drastic degeneration of my cornea. The surgery was performed by himself with the assistance of Dr Rodriguez, one more collaborator of Prof Hafezi’s team who got my full trust.read more
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