Lumecca by InMode Intense pulsed light (IPL) treats dry eye by targeting the inflammation known to cause symptoms. IPL has been used to treat facial skin damage, as it emits light waves that stimulate collagen production. In addition to combatting dry eye symptoms, IPL can also be used to treat a variety of comsetic concerns, including smoothing skin around eyes and reducing red spots.
Collagen is a protein necessary for healthy tissue, including skin, joints, and structures in the eye. It’s the most abundant structural protein in animals, and it plays a significant role in cellular processes, including:
- Tissue repair
- Immune response
- Improving skin hydration
- Supporting skin elasticity
During IPL, the eyes are covered with opaque goggles, and the light waves work on the skin around the eyes. The treatment improves dry eye by affecting the tissues connected to the eye. Notable mechanisms include:
- Light waves warm the meibomian glands, facilitating meibum expression. Meibum is a necessary oil in tears. It prevents tear evaporation and allows moisture to spread more easily across the eye.
- The light wavelength is absorbed by blood vessels, decreasing the inflammation contributing to dry eye.
- The light energy stimulates cellular activity in cells responsible for immune response and collagen production.
- IPL reduces demodex mites. Although some demodex mites can help remove dead skin cells, overpopulation can cause infection and block healthy tear production. IPL treatment helps control their numbers.