What Is the OptiLight by Lumenis & How Can It Manage Your Dry Eye?
Dry eye disease is a widespread and common issue for up to 49 million Americans. This chronic condition can have a significant impact on your quality of life, causing a foreign body sensation in your eyes, pain, blurry vision, and dry or watery eyes. Untreated, it can even lead to further eye health complications. Despite these constant detrimental effects on quality of life, many dry eye sufferers are not aware that they’re suffering from dry eye disease or that real treatments exist. Instead, they just live with the discomfort.We are committed to bringing you full-service dry eye management and pursuing new technologies to relieve for your discomfort. Our staff members are ready to work with you to uncover and treat the cause of your dry eye—not just the symptoms.We’re proud to offer OptiLight by Lumenis to our patients, specially designed for dry eye management.
What Is OptiLight by Lumenis?
OptiLight by Lumenis is a light-based, non-invasive treatment done in the area below the eyes to manage dry eye. The first and only IPL FDA-approved for dry eye management.The treatment is safe, gentle, and is backed by more than 20 clinical studies.
How Does It Work?
OptiLight uses precise pulses of light to reduce the inflammation that is typically associated with dry eye disease, improve tear break-up time, and increase meibomian gland functionality.
This application can significantly relieve dry eye indicators and has a multi-factorial effect, including:
- Increasing tear break-up time
- Reducing the amount of demodex mites and bacteria living around your eyes
- Eliminating blood vessels that contribute to inflammation
What to Expect
Before Your Treatment
After diagnosing your dry eye by assessing your tear quality and production and getting a complete picture of your health and lifestyle, your doctor will recommend a treatment plan. To prepare for treatment, your doctor will ask you to clean your eyelids regularly and use warm compresses to stimulate meibomian gland function.
When you visit us, our staff will treat you to calming music, aromatherapy, and a relaxing atmosphere to ensure you’re comfortable.
During Your Treatment
This treatment is fast and simple. During the treatment your doctor will apply a coupling gel on the treatment area and cover your eyes with shields.
As light is applied to the skin, you may experience a warm sensation. The treatment is gentle with minimum discomfort. The treatment itself will only take 10–15 minutes.
OptiLight is often followed by meibomian gland expression.
After Your Treatment
After treatment, you’re encouraged to relax as our staff massage and heat the treated area to ensure a comfortable aftercare experience. Our staff will also add a soothing cream for relief.
You should avoid direct sunlight and use a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses to protect your eyes in the days following treatment.
Part of Your Custom Treatment Plan
A course of treatment typically includes 4 sessions spaced 2–4 weeks apart.
We’re committed to helping you treat the cause of dry eye, not just the symptoms. We’re excited to give you the insights and wisdom we’ve learned from focusing on dry eye management to help bring you relief. By learning about your lifestyle and overall health, we can craft a custom treatment plan to help you overcome dry eye.
Will the OptiLight by Lumenis Work for Me?
While OptiLight by Lumenis is an effective dry eye management solution, we want to make sure it’s right for you. We do not recommend this treatment if you:
- Suffer from aqueous deficiency dry eye (rather than evaporative dry eye or meibomian gland dysfunction)
- Have a history of keloid scarring
- Have severe scarring around your eyes
Ultimately, your doctor is the only person who can determine whether this option is right for you. During your next appointment, ask us if you are a good candidate for OptiLight by Lumenis.
You Don’t Have to Live With Dry Eye Anymore
Dry, irritated eyes can be managed with a new treatment that brings comfort and can restore quality of life. Visit your eye doctor to get an accurate diagnosis and a treatment plan tailored to your needs.