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.
But you don’t have to live with dry eye disease. At Eagle Eye Vision Center, we offer a variety of dry eye solutions to help you find relief.
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
- Improving meibomian gland functionality
What to Expect
Before Your Treatment
Before your treatment, we’ll perform a slit lamp exam and a tear film assessment to understand your symptoms and determine the cause of your dry eyes. Based on a questionnaire and the results from these tests, we can help find a solution tailored to you.
To prepare for your treatment, please avoid wearing makeup or any other facial products on the day of your treatment. Then, you can leave the rest up to us.
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 [depending on the doctor].
After Your Treatment
After your treatment, you can resume your normal activities. To protect your skin following the procedure, be sure to use sunscreen every day and avoid prolonged sun exposure.
While side effects are rare, you may experience temporary redness, discomfort, and change in the pigmentation or texture of your skin.
Part of Your Custom Treatment Plan
A course of treatment typically includes 4 sessions spaced 2–4 weeks apart [depending on the doctor].
Results vary, but most people start seeing improvements in dry eye treatments after two sessions.
At Eagle Eye Vision Center, our care is always personalized to you and your individual needs. We take the time to get an in-depth understanding of your dry eye symptoms to offer the right solutions for you. In addition to OptiLight by Lumenis, we offer the following dry eye therapy treatments:
- Over-the-counter products
- Warm compresses
- Prescription eye drops, biologic eye drops, & autologous serum drops
- Punctal occlusion treatment
- Amniotic membrane treatment
To find which solution is best for you, book an appointment with us today.
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.