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.
Since 2004, Vision Source – Lakewood Ranch has been helping our patients see more clearly and comfortably. Our experienced doctors and staff are here to help you find relief from your dry eye symptoms.
We use state-of-the-art diagnostic technology to get to the root of your dry eye issues. With personalized care and attention to detail, you can trust that your ocular health is in the right hands.
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 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
In the week before your treatment, you should avoid excessive sun exposure and all tanning activities. Your eye doctor will talk to you about any medications you’re on and how to best prepare for your treatment.
We ask that you come to each appointment with a “clean face” (no makeup, lotion, or product). Our friendly staff will greet you and check you in, ensuring that your paperwork is completed.
During Your Treatment
This treatment is fast and simple. During the treatment, your doctor will apply a coupling gel to 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 if necessary.
After Your Treatment
After the treatment, your face may feel like it has a slight sunburn. You’ll likely experience some mild redness and discomfort following your treatment, but this should subside by the following day.
You should start noticing a difference in your dry eye symptoms after the 3rd or 4th treatment. It’s important to stay out of the sun completely for the first 2 – 3 days after your treatments. If you do go outside, wear a hat and sunscreen.
Part of Your Custom Treatment Plan
A course of treatment typically includes 4 sessions spaced 2 – 4 weeks apart. Our doctor will discuss your personalized treatment plan with you before your first appointment.
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.
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