MiBoFlo Thermoflo® vs. Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Therapy: Top Things to Know

July 27, 2022

Millions of people around the world suffer from chronic dry eye syndrome. The numbers keep growing every day. The problem occurs due to inadequate lubrication of the eyes. It often results from blocked glands, insufficient tear production, or imbalanced tear composition. If your eyes are scratchy, irritated, or red, you may need to consider MiBoFlo® Thermoflo or Intense Light (IPL) therapy. Continue reading to find out more about the two treatments.

What is MiBoFlo Thermoflo?


MiBoFlo Thermoflo is a treatment that uses a thermoelectric heat pump to treat meibomian gland dysfunction. It does so by liquefying clogged secretions. The device consists of a metal eye pad, a wired handpiece, and a power console.

What is Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Therapy?


Intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy treats meibomian gland dysfunction. It releases light wavelengths that warm the meibomian glands. As a result, the blockage in the glands gets removed, and your tear functionality gets restored.

Things to Know About MiBoFlo Thermoflo


Below are some of the top things to know about MiBoFlo Thermoflo:

  • Manages Dry Eye Disease Effectively

The meibomian glands that line your eyelids are responsible for constant tear production. The tears are necessary to help lubricate your eyes and keep them from drying up. As a result, the constantly moisturized eyes give you visual comfort.

  • It Takes Advantage of Heat

MiBoFlo Thermoflo treats dry eyes by using thermoelectric radiation. The device produces a temperature of 108 degrees that is therapeutic enough to liquefy dried-up or viscous tears. The meibomian glands get stimulated by the heat to produce more tears.

  • It is a Painless Procedure

MiBoFlo Thermoflo is a painless procedure. You may only feel slight pressure as the eye pads used during treatment get massaged on your eyelids. The treatment session will last for at least eight minutes for each eye. Your specialist may ask you to remove your eye makeup or contact lenses before therapy for optimum results.

  • It is a Safe Treatment

Studies show the effectiveness of MiBoFlo Thermoflo treatment in managing meibomian dysfunction. It treats eye problems in a safe and non-invasive manner. Unlike most eyelid therapies, MiBoFlo Thermoflo carries a low risk of causing corneal distortions.


Things to Know About Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Therapy


Below are things to know about IPL:

  • It Treats Eye Inflammation

Intense pulse light (IPL) therapy uses a scattered pulse of light. The light treats inflammation inside your eye. It warms your eyelids and treats the blocked or clogged glands. As a result, the release of the blockages prevents the quick evaporation of your tears.

  • Improves Tear Film Quality

Intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy treats dry eyes and improves the quality of your tear film. The new devices use intense regulated light therapy to improve tear film quality.

  • It is a Safe and Painless Treatment

IPL treatment is safe and comfortable throughout the procedure. It is also temporary and rare to experience any discomfort after the procedure.


What to Choose


Ideally, it is essential to visit a professional who can do a comprehensive eye examination to determine the state of your eyes. Doing so will help them advise you on what treatment between the two is ideal for you. They are effective in treating meibomian gland dysfunction and are safe and painless. 

For more about MiBoFlo Thermoflo and intense pulsed light, visit Eye Associates of New York at our office in New York. Call (212) 650-4888 to schedule an appointment today.

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