Outcomes of Intense Pulsed Light Therapy for Treatment of Evaporative Dry Eye Disease


Sunday, April 27, 2014: 1:11 PM

Room 150 (Boston Convention and Exhibition Center)

 

Preeya K. Gupta, MD, Duke Eye Center, Durham, NC, USA

Gargi K Vora, MD, Duke Eye Center, Durham, NC, USA

Sandra S. Stinnett, PhD, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC, USA

 

Purpose

 

To determine the clinical outcomes of IPL therapy for the treatment of evaporative Dry Eye Disease (DED).

 

Methods

 

A retrospective chart review was performed of 37 patients with a diagnosis of Dry Eye Syndrome that underwent IPL therapy from September 2012 through July 2013 at the Duke Eye Center. Demographics, clinical history, exam findings, and ocular surface disease index (OSDI) scoring data were collected from each visit. Data was analyzed using SAS analytical software.

 

Results

 

On average, patients underwent 4 IPL sessions. There was a significant decrease in scoring of lid margin edema, facial telangiectasia, lid margin vascularity, meibum quality, and OSDI score, all with p<0.001. There was a significant increase in oil flow score and tear break-up time, both p<0.001. No significant changes in intraocular pressure or acuity were noted.

 

Conclusion

 

IPL therapy for evaporative DED is a safe procedure. The objective clinical exam findings and subjective OSDI scoring data suggest that IPL is an effective treatment for patients with evaporative Dry Eye Disease.

 

Read more of the Outcomes of Intense Pulsed Light Therapy for Treatment of Evaporative Dry Eye Disease paper.

 



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