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    Intense pulsed light shows therapeutic potential for MGD

    Assessment with objective, subjective measures finds treatment reduced signs, symptoms of dry eye

    Austin, TX—Intense pulsed light (IPL) can significantly reduce symptoms of dry eye caused by meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD), a new study shows.

    Related: Achieving physiologic restoration in dry eye

    “It’s very exciting to be a part of this study and see just how much improvement we are seeing on our chronic dry eye patients who have tried all other treatments with only minimal success,” said Sheila Chang Barbarino, MD.

    She collaborated on the study with Steven J. Dell, MD. Both practice at Dell Laser Consultants in Austin, TX.

    Most patients with dry eye suffer from meibomian gland dysfunction. Signs of the disease can include plugged or capped meibomian gland orifices, lid margin thickening, irregularity telangiectasia and hyperemia.

    In most cases, tear break up time is reduced, and endogenous debris contaminate the tear film.

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    Eyelid inflammation plays an important role in meibomian gland dysfunction, Dr. Barbarino said. Abnormal blood vessels may form, releasing pro-inflammatory agents.

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