Is IPL Treatment for Dry Eye Safe?

Among the effective methods preferred in dry eye treatment, we can count IPL treatment. The treatment, which reduces the need for artificial tears, stands out among the treatments that are increasingly preferred today. Of course, we know that as the method becomes more popular, patients’ research on this subject intensifies. The most curious part about IPL is how safe it is. Is IPL treatment safe for dry eye? How can it have side effects? Let’s discuss in detail.

How Safe Is IPL Treatment?

IPL treatment is one of the safe treatments used by dermatologists for years. With the clinical studies conducted afterwards, it was determined that the treatment can also be used against dry eye and it has been shown to help eliminate the effects of dry eye.

We can say that IPL is a safe treatment in general, as its effectiveness has been demonstrated with different clinical studies. This is because the procedure uses porcelain goggles to protect the eyes, preventing light from shining directly into the eyes. In addition, a special gel layer is applied to these parts to prevent damage to the skin around the eyes.

Although we consider it a generally safe treatment, various side effects may occur for IPL, although most of the time they are temporary. Let’s discuss these side effects in headings below.

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Potential Risks and Side Effects

  • Skin Reactions: After IPL treatment, there may be redness, swelling or mild burning sensation on the skin around the eyes. These side effects are usually short-lived and mild.
  • Light Sensitivity: After treatment, the skin may become more sensitive to light. Therefore, it is important to use sunscreen and avoid direct sunlight in the post-treatment period.
  • Other Possible Side Effects: In rare cases, IPL treatment may cause blisters, burns or pigment changes in the skin. These risks are minimized with the correct application of the treatment and appropriate patient selection.


Although IPL treatment is generally classified as a safe treatment, keep in mind that the procedure must be performed with the necessary equipment and by specialized doctors in order to avoid the possible side effects mentioned above.

Assoc. Prof. Aylin Kılıç

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