Pulsed light treatment for dry eye and blepharitis

""At the Clinica, we study individually the best treatment for our patients with dry eye syndrome and blepharitis. For this reason, we put at your disposal the best human and technological equipment".


What is pulsed light treatment for dry eye?

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is an innovative treatment that uses gentle pulses of light to treat some of the underlying causes of dry eye syndrome.

It is indicated in cases of disruption of the meibomian glands, whose function is to provide the lipid layer of the tear to limit evaporation and keep the eye hydrated.

IPL therapy is performed to stimulate these glands, restore their normal function and reduce inflammation. All this improves the tear composition and thus the patient's quality of life by reducing redness and the sensation of grittiness.

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Benefits of pulsed light treatment for dry eyes

Pulsed light treatment for ophthalmic pathology offers a number of significant benefits for patient candidates

  • Symptom relief
    IPL therapy improves the function of the meibomian glands and thus the quality of tears resulting in more effective lubrication and relief of dryness and irritation symptoms.
  • Improves tear quality
    Through a process of photothermolysis (temperature increase) the access of inflammatory mediators to the meibomian glands is inhibited, which is essential for the stability of the tear film.
  • Improves eyelid circulation and reduces inflammation.
  • Stabilizes conjunctival flora
    Antimicrobial and antiparasitic effect.
  • Minimally invasive treatment
    It is a procedure that is performed in consultation and after which daily life activities such as working with screens and sports can be continued.

Tratamiento de Luz Pulsada Intensa (IPL) para el ojo seco

Do you have dry eye syndrome?

Your symptoms may improve with intense pulsed light.

How pulsed light treatment is performed

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Preparation of
the session

Before beginning treatment, you will be asked to remove any makeup or contact lenses. The periocular area is prepared with a topical anesthetic and an eye shield is applied. A thin layer of cooling gel is applied to the skin and the treatment will begin.

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light application

Your doctor will use a specialized device to deliver the light pulses to the area around your eyes. During the procedure, you may experience a feeling of warmth or slight discomfort, but this is usually temporary and disappears quickly.

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Duration of

The duration of treatment may vary from patient to patient, but a cycle of several sessions is generally recommended for optimal results. These sessions usually last between 10 and 15 minutes each and are scheduled with certain time intervals in between.

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Follow-up and aftercare

After completing the pulsed light treatment, your physician may provide specific aftercare guidelines, such as avoiding excessive sun exposure and the use of artificial tears to maintain ocular lubrication.

Where do we do it?


The Department of Ophthalmology
of the Clínica Universidad de Navarra

Equipped with the latest technology, the Department of Ophthalmology has the necessary equipment, both technical and human, to offer comprehensive and specific assistance to each patient.

We are one of the few centers that have a microsurgery laboratory for the improvement of clinical practice.

Organized in specialized units

  • Cornea and eye surface
  • Retina
  • General Ophthalmology
  • Refraction defects
  • Oculoplastic
  • Pediatric ophthalmology
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Why at the Clinica?

  • More than 30 years of experience.
  • Experts in the diagnosis and treatment of ocular pathologies.
  • With the security and guarantee of a prestigious hospital.

Our team of professionals

Ophthalmology specialists with experience in the treatment with pulsed light

Frequently asked questions about pulsed light for dry eyes

Pulsed light treatment for dry eye is generally not painful.

You may experience a warm sensation or slight discomfort during the procedure, but this is usually tolerable and disappears quickly.

The number of treatment sessions required may vary depending on the individual patient and the severity of their dry eye. Generally, a course of several sessions is recommended for optimal results.

Your ophthalmologist will be able to determine the number of sessions appropriate for you after evaluating your eye condition.

The results of pulsed light treatment can vary from patient to patient, but many patients experience an improvement in dry eye symptoms after completing a course of treatment.

You may begin to notice a decrease in eye irritation and dryness after a few sessions.

In general, pulsed light treatment for dry eye is safe and usually has no serious side effects.

Some patients may experience temporary redness or swelling around the eyes, but these effects usually disappear quickly. It is important to discuss any concerns or potential side effects with your doctor.

Pulsed light treatment can be a beneficial option for many dry eye patients, but it is not suitable for everyone.

It is important to consult an ophthalmologist for a personalized evaluation and recommendation based on your specific eye condition.

The results of pulsed light treatment can be long-lasting for many patients. However, periodic maintenance may be required in some cases to maintain long-term results.

Your ophthalmologist will be able to provide you with more specific information about the maintenance required in your particular case.