Intense Pulsed Light Therapy (IPL) for Dry Eye

The IPL treatment for dye eye syndrome is a painless and in-office procedure that treats the underlying condition

Intense Pulsed Light Therapy (IPL) for Dry Eye in Bellflower

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Intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy is a treatment which can be used to effectively treat the underlying causes of dry eye syndrome.

What is IPL, and How Does it Work?

IPL therapy is a painless, in-office treatment which treats the underlying cause of dye eye syndrome

The procedure involved gentle light pulses being delivered to the skin adjacent to the eyes. This serves to reduce inflammation in the area, and eliminate bacterial infections. The light pulses also melt the secretions on the eyelids, release oil that may have built up, and unclog the meibomian glands.

It helps ensure the oil resumes proper flow of oil into the tears, which ensures they don’t evaporate too quickly, and thus relieve dry eye symptoms.

What is IPL, and How Does it Work?
What is IPL Treatment Like?

What is IPL Treatment Like?

At the start of your IPL treatment, the doctor will place eye shields over your eyes to protect them from the light pulses. Following this, a thin layer of cooling gel will be put onto the skin around the eyes, since it is also a sensitive area.

The procedure itself involves the doctor holding a small device over the eyelids, which emits pulses of light. The heat from these causes the secretions blocking the meibomian glands to melt.

Once the procedure is completed, the doctor may express the glands to stimulate normal oil flow and make sure the procedure did what it was supposed to do.

What is IPL Treatment Like?

What to Expect Following Treatment

In many cases, patients will see a noticeable improvement in their dry eye symptoms after just one or two IPL treatments. However, it is still recommended to come back for monthly treatments over a four month timespan in order to make sure you get the best possible results.

In particularly severe cases, the doctor may recommend additional treatments to ensure that healthy meibomian gland function is maintained and the condition does not return. Sometimes, the doctor will recommend another form of treatment in addition to IPL to achieve the best results.

When Should You Seek Out IPL Therapy?

If you are suffering from chronic dry eye, and it is negatively affecting your quality of life, your doctor may recommend IPL therapy to you, as a treatment designed to provide long lasting relief, as opposed to other treatment options such as artificial tears and warm compresses, which only provide short term symptom relief.

What is IPL, and How Does it Work?
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With intensive pulsed light therapy, dry eye can be treated effectively in the office and long-term. Patients with dry eyes visit our clinic from all over California, and we are proud to be a leading provider of dry eye care for patients from Bellflower, Long Beach, Lakewood, and Los Angeles.


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I haven't actually used the optometrist side, so my review is limited to the vision therapy offered.  This office was recommended by my occupational therapist for the treatment of my double vision following a stroke.

Claire A.

Love this location. I had a brain injury accident from day one one. All the team make you feel you still important and hope in the horizon after when the medical system fell you miserably. Dr. Ikeda very professional and very understanding about your issue. Two tombs up.

Jim K.

My husband and I were immediately impressed with Dr Ikeda. I was hit by a car while cycling which caused broken bones and three brain injuries. The brain injuries caused double vision. Dr. Ikeda examined my eyes and got me started on vision therapy with his occupational therapist who specializes in vision therapy.  She (Chris) is absolutely great.  I am impressed with the array of tools used to help recover my binocular vision.  I am doing things I never thought were possible (balance boards etc).  Chris pushes me and keeps me motivated. I really enjoy my sessions with her.  The office staff is always friendly and they have a wonderful appointment reminder tool that makes it easy to keep my calendar up to date. I am happy the rehab center at Little Co. of Mary recommended them!!

Teresa S.

The Vision Therapy is handled in a separate office through a different door from the shared waiting room. Chris, the vision therapist, has a wide and varied assortment of tools, equipment and resources to best evaluate and treat most vision issues. After just a few visits, my double vision became easier to control, using exercises developed during the therapy process. It was time well-spent.

Joe M.

I have been coming here since I can remember. I love it here. The staff is so amazing and nice. They explain everything they gonna do and never make you feel rushed. Dr. Ikeda has always been my doctor and I would never want another one. He is the doctor for my whole family and is always asking how everyone is doing. I am also so crazy about picking out my frames and have to try so many and each person who helps me take the time and lets me try them all on. I would never want to go anywhere else! I definitely would recommend this office to anyone looking for a great eye doctor.

Kayla W.

This is not for the eye exam but for the frames selection portion. I brought my prescription from Kaiser here with my VSP insurance. The reception staff was very polite and professional.  Manny helped me to pick out frames and explain my coverage.  Very helpful and patient not like the individual at the other place I rated here on Yelp.  I was running late and he still helped me and was not bothered at all.  I am so glad I came here ..........very pleased.

Very professional staff and pleasant.

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