Dr. Elizondo’s Dry Eye Blog: Week 3 post RF Week 1 post IPL

As the title says I am now 3 weeks post my first RF treatment and 1 week post IPL treatment. I’ll let you know how I’m feeling then we’ll talk about what these treatments are and why are they helpful.

My eyes are feeling much more comfortable than before the first treatment of either one.  I still can tell my eyes are dry and gritty, it’s most noticeable at the end of the day and it’s getting I feel it more now than immediately after the treatment.  Today I feel it in the morning as well which I haven’t in some time.  

For my first RF treatment I did around the eyes but did not treat on the actual lids to see how big a difference it would make and it’s still significant. On my next treatment on Monday I will have my lids done as well.  I will try to video it so you can see my awesome staff doing the procedure.

This is about what I would expect.  I am 40 and the recommended number of treatments for me is 4RF/IPL combo.  

My skin is absolutely glowing.  I have used the Epionce Enriched Firming Mask morning and night after treatment and have notice my skin looking less red.  It also looks a bit firmer which is expected with RF as it reduces fine lines and wrinkles by getting your body to produce more collagen and tighten things up.  

IPL evens out one’s complexion. I noticed immediately after the first treatment that my skin looked awesome! It removes redness and unwanted dark spots. For dry eye purposes, this dampens down inflammation by getting rid of abnormal vessels near the skin’s surface.  When we reduce the inflammation your eyes will feel more comfortable.

IPL stands for Intense Pulse Light.  In the video below it gives you and idea of how it works. (Note the instrument we have in our office is a FormaTK not a Lumenis)

When we use IPL and RF together we get the biggest effects on dry eye.  But individually both also work very effectively.

So if your eyes are bothering you and you want to be off the drops it’s a great solution. Or if your a contact lens wearer and can only stand the contacts in your eyes for a few hours then have to take them out. Or maybe your contacts fold up in your eyes.  This will make your comfort and vision in the contacts so much better.

Dr. Susan Elizondo

Dr. Susan Elizondo

Dr. Susan Elizondo has been practicing optometry for 10 years, and proudly took ownership of Westlake Hills Vision Center in 2019. She has a passion for nutrition and practices a plant based approach to health and healing.

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