Can IPL treatments damage your eyes?

Immediately after an intense pulsed light (IPL) treatment, my eyes were sore, heavy and watery. The ophthalmologist prescribed medication, which took months to repair my eyes. They still aren't 100 percent. The Dermapod IPL provider said there's no way the treatment was responsible. Is this true or false?

Answers from doctors (4)


Esta Kronberg, M.D.

Published on Jan 11, 2013

You need to wear goggles with this treatment. Did you have your goggles on? If your goggles were on there should not be a problem. We use lead goggles.

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Answered by Esta Kronberg, M.D.

You need to wear goggles with this treatment. Did you have your goggles on? If your goggles were on there should not be a problem. We use lead goggles.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Cosmetic Vein Center of Texas, P.A.

Published on Jan 11, 2013

I don't use intense pulsed light (IPL), so I cannot answer your question.

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Answered by Cosmetic Vein Center of Texas, P.A.

I don't use intense pulsed light (IPL), so I cannot answer your question.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


St. Louis Laser Liposuction Center

Published on Jan 11, 2013

It is not possible that an intense pulsed light (IPL) treatment would damage your eyes, unless you were not wearing proper eye protection.

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Answered by St. Louis Laser Liposuction Center

It is not possible that an intense pulsed light (IPL) treatment would damage your eyes, unless you were not wearing proper eye protection.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Forever Young MedSpa

Published on Jan 11, 2013

Were your eyes covered during your treatment sessions? If not, any patient receiving intense pulsed light (IPL) or laser treatments on the face must always wear protective goggles. Even off the face, such as for laser hair removal, protective goggles need to be worn.

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Answered by Forever Young MedSpa

Were your eyes covered during your treatment sessions? If not, any patient receiving intense pulsed light (IPL) or laser treatments on the face must always wear protective goggles. Even off the face, such as for laser hair removal, protective goggles need to be worn.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


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