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Intense pulsed light: a novel technique to treat dry eye disease

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Session Title: Ocular Surface & Quality of Vision

Session Date/Time: Monday 24/09/2018 | 14:00-16:00

Paper Time: 14:06

Venue: Room A3, Podium 1

First Author: : C.Rao INDIA

Co Author(s): :    S. Ganesh   S. Brar                 

Abstract Details


To study the efficacy of IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) for reducing signs and symptoms of evaporative dry eye disease (eDED)


Nethradhama superspeciality eye hospital, Bangalore, India.


In a prospective study, 24 patients with Fitzpatrick skin type III-V and evidence of eDED were treated with IPL, using the M22 OPT (Lumenis). IPL was applied to the periocular area. Each patient was treated 4 times, at 1 month intervals. Outcome measures were measured at the baseline (BL) and at 3 follow-ups (FU1, FU2, and FU3). Outcome measures included: tear break up time (TBUT), SPEED score (symptoms), Corneal fluorescein staining (CFS) (values: none, mild, moderate, or severe), and tear meniscus height (TMH). TBUT, CFS and TMH were analyzed for the eye with the lower TBUT at baseline.


Median age was 56 (range: 25 to 78). 62% of the patients were women. All tested outcome measures improved: TBUT was 4.3 +/- 1.4 sec at BL, and increased by 44%, 57%, and 84% at FU1, FU2, and FU3 respectively (p<0.01). SPEED score was 15.6 +/- 5.8 at BL, and decreased by 18% (FU1), 49% (FU2), and 43% (FU3), respectively (p<0.001). CFS was moderate at BL, and changed to mild at the 3 follow-ups (p<0.001). TMH was 0.29 +/- 0.14 mm at BL, and increased by 47% at the 3 follow-ups, but changes in TMH were not statistically significant (p=0.24).


This study demonstrates that IPL is an effective tool for reducing both signs and symptoms of evaporative dry eye disease

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