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Dry Eye/OSD

Intense Pulsed Light plus meibomian gland expression effective in MGD-DED

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Intense Pulsed Light treatment (IPL) combined with meibomian gland expression (MGX) appears to be an effective treatment option for patients with Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD) related dry eye disease (DED), according to a study.

In this retrospective study, 314 patients with MGD related DED received a single treatment of IPL-MGX with 1 follow-up visit. No topical eye drops were used.

The function of the meibomian gland (MG) improved with a significant decrease in the MG dropouts in the upper and lower eyelids.

Average noninvasive tear break-up time (NIBUT) improved in the right eye but did not reach significance in the left eye. No significant difference was reached NIBUT grade. An increased duration of average NIBUT and improved NIBUT grading were demonstrated. The authors suggested that these results may be due to the maximum severity of DED and the limited treatment times.

Reference
Suwal A, Hao J, Liu X, et al. Effect of Intense Pulsed Light to Mitigate Meibomian Gland Dysfunction for Dry Eye Disease. Klin Monbl Augenheilkd. 2022;doi: 10.1055/a-1942-2007. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 36100251.

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