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Low level light therapy for the treatment of recalcitrant chalazia: a sample case summary

Authors Stonecipher K, Potvin R

Received 31 July 2019

Accepted for publication 29 August 2019

Published 5 September 2019 Volume 2019:13 Pages 1727—1733


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Review by Single anonymous peer review

Peer reviewer comments 2

Editor who approved publication: Dr Scott Fraser

Karl Stonecipher,1 Richard Potvin2

1Physicians Protocol, Greensboro, NC, USA; 2Science in Vision, Akron, NY, USA

Correspondence: Karl Stonecipher
Physicians Protocol, 1002 North Church Street, Suite 101, Greensboro, NC 27408, USA
Tel +1 336 288 8823

Purpose: To evaluate the effects of low-level light therapy (LLLT) on the resolution of recalcitrant chalazia.
Patients and Methods: This was a single-site retrospective chart review of patients with chalazia, all of whom were unresponsive to previous pharmaceutical therapy or surgical intervention, who received a 15 min LLLT treatment in conjunction with a standard pharmaceutical regimen. A second treatment was applied 24 hrs to as late as 2 months if there was no evidence of progression of resolution in appearance.
Results: A total of 26 eyes of 22 patients with relevant history and treatment were reviewed, all with a history of prior pharmaceutical treatment for their chalazia. After a single 15 min LLLT treatment, followed by a standard pharmaceutical regimen, 46% of eyes (12/26) showed resolution of their chalazia. Resolution was noted from 3 days to one-month post-treatment. With a second treatment, the chalazia resolved in 92% of eyes (24/26). Only two eyes of the 26 (8%) required incision and curettage after LLLT treatment.
Conclusion: The use of LLLT for the treatment of recalcitrant chalazia appears to be beneficial in patients who have failed topical and/or systemic therapy, significantly reducing the likelihood of requiring surgical intervention.

Keywords: LLLT, low level light therapy, chalazion, chalazia

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