Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatment for dry eye utilizes pulses of light to constrict blood vessels and liquefy and release hardened oils that have clogged meibomian glands in the eyelids. IPL also affects vascularization and inflammation of the eyelids, reducing eyelid redness and stimulating healthy gland function. After the IPL treatment is complete, our doctors will manually express oil from the glands to help restore normal oil flow in the tear film. IPL treatment for dry eye helps with long-term success in treating both chronic dry eye disease and the causes: Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD), blepharitis, and eyelid telangiectasia. Our goals in treatment are not only to treat the symptoms but to attack the cause of dry eye. We recommend an initial series of three IPL treatments, spaced out 3 weeks each treatment. We then follow up with treatment every 6 months unless the MGD blockage and dryness is more severe.