What is C.STIM®* IPL treatment?
IPL (intense pulsed light) technology is used to treat dry eye associated with meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) and/or lacrimal gland dysfunction and/or inflammatory lesions (rosacea and blepharitis).
C.STIM®* is an intense pulsed light (IPL) system that has been designed to offer a safe, painless, effective and long-lasting solution for the majority of skin types.
The treatment involves applying a series of light pulses to the cheek, which:
- Stimulates the parasympathetic nerve that controls the glands and reactivates their metabolism
- Reduces skin inflammation (rosacea), as IPL light induces coagulation of the small blood vessels. The reduction in rosacea indirectly improves eyelid inflammation (blepharitis)
What happens during C.STIM®* IPL treatment?
IPL treatment with C.STIM®* takes place as follows:
- Three sessions spaced out by 7 to 15 days
- A fourth session may be recommended
- One follow-up session after several months may be recommended
- Sessions are short (less than 10 minutes), painless and do not require anaesthetic
Nettoyez votre peau
Application du gel
Nettoyage et hydratation
Clean your skin
Before your appointment, make sure your skin is clean (no creams or make-up, shaved skin for men)
A thin layer of transparent gel is applied to the treatment area
Protect your eyes
Put on the protective goggles provided by your doctor
Four shots are made to the cheek. You may feel slight warmth and a little tingling
Clean and moisturise
Remove the protective goggles. Your skin will be cleaned and a moisturising cream may be applied
What results can I expect?
- Improved tear quality
- A reduction in symptoms
- A reduction in inflammation of the face and eyelids, and fewer Demodex (eyelash parasites)
- A lasting improvement (several months)
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Parasympathetic Innervation of the Meibomian Glands in Rats
Which patients are eligible for IPL treatment?
Talk to your ophthalmologist to find out whether you are eligible for treatment.
IPL treatment is suitable for patients who have:
Meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) and lacrimal gland dysfunction
Inflammatory lesions (rosacea and/or blepharitis)
Difficulty observing treatment
Tried other treatments without success
What other treatments are there?
Since dry eye is caused by multiple factors, its treatment is complex and can include a combination of approaches:
- Cleaning, heating and massaging the eyelids
- Blinking exercises
- Tear substitutes
- Anti-inflammatory treatments
- Punctal plugs
- Scleral lenses
- Occlusion of lacrimal points
- Expression of Meibomius glands
- And more
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* C.STIM® is not FDA approved.