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Intense pulsed light for evaporative dry eye disease

Authors Dell SJ

Received 18 April 2017

Accepted for publication 13 May 2017

Published 20 June 2017 Volume 2017:11 Pages 1167—1173

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/OPTH.S139894

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Peer reviewers approved by Dr Amy Norman

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Editor who approved publication: Dr Scott Fraser

Steven J Dell

Dell Laser Consultants, Austin, TX, USA

Abstract: There is a clear association between dry eye disease (DED) and skin inflammatory diseases occurring in close proximity to the eyelids, such as facial skin rosacea. Intense pulsed light (IPL) is widely accepted as a treatment for skin rosacea. A number of recent studies demonstrated that, in patients suffering from meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD), IPL therapy also reduces signs and symptoms of DED. Despite these encouraging results, in the context of DED and MGD, the mechanisms of action of IPL are not well understood. The purpose of this review was to raise the potential mechanisms of action and to discuss their plausibility.

Keywords:
intense pulsed light, dry eye disease, meibomian gland dysfunction, skin rosacea

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