Case Report
Volume 11 Issue 2 - 2020
Retinal Toxicity from Intense Pulsed Light Therapy: A Case Report
Tony Ho1* and Limei Teo2
1Ophthalmology, Clear Vision Eye Clinic and Lasik Centre, Singapore
2Diploma in Optometry, Singapore
*Corresponding Author:Tony Ho, Ophthalmology, Clear Vision Eye Clinic and Lasik Centre, Singapore.
Received: November 20, 2019; Published: January 07, 2020




Abstract

The use of Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) in various disciplines is becoming more prevalent with time. This article aims to increase awareness of possible ocular side effects, specifically that of the retina, that may occur during procedures which utilise IPL technology. Although there have been scientific reports on the deleterious effects of IPL on the peri-ocular skin tissues and the cornea and iris, there have been no prior scientific reports documenting IPL related retinal injury. This report explores a case of retinal toxicity caused by long-term exposure to IPL light. In this case, a 44 year old woman working as an IPL therapist presented with blur vision and other visual disturbances with no clear triggers. Upon further examination, she was found to suffer from serious macular thinning in both eyes as well as visual field abnormalities in her right eye. She was then diagnosed with retinal toxicity. This case provides evidence that the retina is also vulnerable to IPL light, and it is critical that providers of this service are aware. If the providers do not take proper and strict precautions while administering IPL treatments, patients undergoing the therapy may then experience detrimental ocular side effects. Therefore, it is imperative that they are educated on this issue and provide the appropriate ocular protection.

Keywords: Intense Pulsed Light; Retinal Toxicity; Eye Protection; Ocular Complications; Retina

Citation: Tony Ho and Limei Teo. “Retinal Toxicity from Intense Pulsed Light Therapy: A Case Report”. EC Ophthalmology 11.2 (2020): 01-04

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