Intense pulsed light therapy for the treatment of evaporative dry eye disease

  title={Intense pulsed light therapy for the treatment of evaporative dry eye disease},
  author={Gargi K. Vora and Preeya K Gupta},
  journal={Current Opinion in Ophthalmology},
Purpose of review Evaporative dry eye disease is one of the most common types of dry eye. It is often the result of chronic meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) and associated ocular rosacea. Evaporative dry eye and MGD significantly reduce patient's quality of life. Traditional treatments, such as artificial tears, warm compresses, and medications, such as topical cyclosporine, azithromycin, and oral doxycycline, provide some relief; however, many patients still suffer from dry eye symptoms… 

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