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Meibomian Gland Dysfunction: Intense Pulsed Light Therapy in Combination with Low-Level Light Therapy as Rescue Treatment

Clinic of Ophthalmology, Geneva University Hospitals & Faculty of Medicine, University of Geneva, CH-1205 Geneva, Switzerland
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Academic Editor: Yoko Ogawa
Received: 29 April 2021 / Revised: 24 May 2021 / Accepted: 2 June 2021 / Published: 14 June 2021
Background and Objectives: Evaporative dry eye disease is frequently associated with meibomian gland dysfunction. Patients are often unhappy because of daily drops, care burden, and suboptimal conventional treatments. In this study, we assessed the efficacy of a novel device, the Eye-light®, a combination of intense pulsed light therapy and low-level light therapy, as a novel treatment for meibomian gland dysfunction and dry eye disease. Materials and Methods: This was a retrospective, single-center study carried out over a 6-week period, in which 22 eyes from 11 patients were included. Each patient received four combined light therapy treatment sessions, once weekly over 4 weeks. Patients underwent a clinical examination and filled out a standardized questionnaire to evaluate symptoms one week prior to treatment, and one week after the fourth session. Results: Combined light therapy improved several ocular surface outcome measures in our patients. This study demonstrates that this adjunctive treatment significantly improves the ocular surface and quality of life of patients with dry eye disease and meibomian gland dysfunction. Conclusions: Combined light therapy may be included in meibomian gland dysfunction treatment protocols as an adjunctive rescue treatment. View Full-Text
Keywords: dry eye disease; meibomian gland dysfunction; intense pulsed light; low-level light therapy dry eye disease; meibomian gland dysfunction; intense pulsed light; low-level light therapy
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Solomos, L.; Bouthour, W.; Malclès, A.; Thumann, G.; Massa, H. Meibomian Gland Dysfunction: Intense Pulsed Light Therapy in Combination with Low-Level Light Therapy as Rescue Treatment. Medicina 2021, 57, 619. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/medicina57060619

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Solomos L, Bouthour W, Malclès A, Thumann G, Massa H. Meibomian Gland Dysfunction: Intense Pulsed Light Therapy in Combination with Low-Level Light Therapy as Rescue Treatment. Medicina. 2021; 57(6):619. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/medicina57060619

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Solomos, Leonidas, Walid Bouthour, Ariane Malclès, Gabriele Thumann, and Horace Massa. 2021. "Meibomian Gland Dysfunction: Intense Pulsed Light Therapy in Combination with Low-Level Light Therapy as Rescue Treatment" Medicina 57, no. 6: 619. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/medicina57060619

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