I decided to do Optilight IPL because I had tried many other treatments before for Meibomian gland disease without significant relief. Silicon Valley Eye Physicians was one of the few offices in the Bay Area to offer this FDA approved technology.
Optilight IPL was quick without a lot of discomfort. First, Rachel applies eyeshields, cleans the surface of your eyelids and then applied a cooling gel to the surface. After a few test spots, Dr. Kevin Wu would apply the light. You would see a bright red flash and then there would be a slight rubber band snapping feeling. He would then apply the treatment across tragus to tragus with two passes and uses a smaller spot size for localized treatment. The whole procedure is efficient and both Dr. Wu and Rachel always checked in with me regarding how things were going. They were very professional and worked well as a team.
Optlight IPL has been life changing. Before it, I had tried many different treatment options without much relief. The day after my first session, my eyes were less scratchy, sandy, gritty and irritated. These symptoms continued to improve after each session. Dry eye no longer affects my quality of life thanks to IPL.