I looked directly at IPL hair removal



Submitted by nina21 on Wed, 08/28/2019 - 12:41
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Right dominant eye -6.0 D sphere

Left eye (vision not fully developed) -10.o D sphere





I just used IPL (philips lumea, i put power intensity 3/5) for hair removal at home. Usually i am careful with using it, but today somehow i accidentally looked with right (dominant) eye straight into the light.

Then i had just for a few seconds the flashing effect from the light, but went away after few seconds. Now it seems all normal, but i am worried if i could damaged my eyes.

Do you think i should visit an ophthalmologist or these IPL is not so strong and dangerous to worry about?

Can it cause the retinal detachment? I have -6 diopter.

Thanks in advance



Thanks for your Question

Although it is not necessary to wear protective eyewear when you are using IPL hair removal, we strongly advise against looking directly to the light and also use it well lighted room.

IPL hair removal emits high flashes of light not laser and these lights are highly divergent and can't be focus to the retina (while that for laser is directional and focused into one small point which can cause severe damage) and also IPL Philips Lumea is built with a feature that it will only flashes lights when it is in a contact with the skin.

Any normal person who looked directly to flashes of light will suffer from blank vision for few seconds then it will return to normal.

In case you noticed any eye floaters, blurry vision or black spots in your vision, you should visit your eye doctor otherwise there is nothing to worry about.