IPL Specialist

Susan Watson, M.D. -  - Board-Certified Ophthalmologist

Watson Dry Eye Center

Susan Watson, M.D.

Board-Certified Ophthalmologist & Dry Eye Disease Specialist located in Raleigh, NC

Your eye health relies on a consistent production of tears that nourish and hydrate your eyes. When your oil glands malfunction, you can develop dry, irritable eyes, leading to tremendous discomfort. This is especially true for contact lens wearers who need additional lubrication for maximum comfort. At Watson Dry Eye Center, ophthalmologist Susan Watson, MD, offers an innovative treatment called LipiFlow®, which restores glandular function. If you suffer from dry eyes and you’re located in the Raleigh, North Carolina, area, call or use the online scheduling tool to find relief.

IPL Q & A

Why would I need IPL?

There are certain inflammatory skin conditions that can affect the health of your eyes, including ocular rosacea, which impedes the glands around your eyes from producing critical oils, leading to bacteria buildup. The symptoms of ocular rosacea include:

  • Red eyes
  • Dry, itchy eyes
  • Swollen eyelids, or blepharitis
  • Blurry vision
  • Excessive tearing
  • Sensitivity to light

Ocular rosacea is almost always tied to the facial version of the disease, but some people develop the ocular version first.

While many of the symptoms of ocular rosacea are a matter of comfort, if left unchecked, the condition can cause more serious problems down the road, such as inflammation in your cornea.

What is IPL?

As a specialist in dry eyes, Dr. Watson has researched every treatment option available and has chosen the most effective tools for most every situation. When it comes to rosacea, she turned to the dermatology field to find the best treatments for this inflammatory skin condition and found that there’s been incredible success using a laser therapy known as intense pulsed light, or IPL.

IPL has been in use for many years to reduce or eliminate skin discolorations, such as brown spots, age spots, broken blood vessels, and rosacea. At Watson Dry Eye Center, the team uses the therapy to tackle ocular rosacea by delivering multiple wavelengths of light into the area to break up broken blood vessels.

The energy from the IPL constricts your blood vessels, while the heating effect works to open up your glands to promote better oil secretions for your tears.

Most patients experience immediate relief after just one treatment, but the team at Watson Dry Eye Center typically administers three to six treatments spaced several weeks apart for the best results.

Does IPL hurt?

One of the greatest advantages of using light energy is that it passes harmlessly through your skin and is absorbed by your pigment and blood vessels below. You may feel a snapping sensation during the treatment, but the mild discomfort is short-lived.

Rest assured, Dr. Watson and her team keep your comfort foremost in their minds with any treatment they administer, and IPL is no different.

To learn more about the innovative IPL therapy for inflammatory eye conditions, call Watson Dry Eye Center, or use the online scheduling tool to book an appointment.