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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 dedicate ourselves to the effective diagnosis and treatment of dry eye disease. Our team has several ways to diagnose dry eye symptoms, including keratograph and slit-lamp examination. We’ll work with you to find the best treatment option for your needs.

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

There are a couple of preparations to make before your treatment. In the time before your appointment, try and avoid:

  • Sun exposure & any form of tanning for at least 3 weeks
  • Retinols, salicylic acid, & glycolic acid for 3 to 7 days
  • Chemical peels, microneedling, & other skin treatments
  • Medications or supplements that cause sensitivity to light
  • Neuromodulators & fillers for at least 6 weeks

Besides avoiding the above items, thoroughly clean your face on the day of your treatment. You should arrive at our office without applying any makeup, lotion, or creams.

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.

After Your Treatment

You may feel relief immediately after treatment, but results can vary between patients. Your skin may feel warm after your appointment, with potential erythema (skin redness). Avoid using hot water or heat near the treatment area.

It’s important to avoid sun exposure for the initial 48 hours after your treatment session. Use SPF 30 to 50 sunblock between treatment sessions to protect your skin.

Part of Your Custom Treatment Plan

A course of treatment depends on the specifics of your case. Your doctor will help determine the number of treatments you may need.

With our dedication to providing our patients with the best possible care, we offer more than one treatment method at our clinic. Your eyes are unique, and we can create a customized treatment plan for you.

We can recommend the most effective treatment for your needs. Besides OptiLight, we offer LipiFlow, MiboFlow, topical medications, prescription medications, supplements, and home treatment plans.

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.

If you experience dry eye symptoms, contact your optometrist today.

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