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What Is the OptiLight by Lumenis & How Can It Manage Your Dry Eye?

Updated: May 9, 2022

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. If left 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.

At eye&I, we operate with integrity and compassion. Your family’s eye care is our top priority. By using a variety of diagnostic and treatment technologies, you can have confidence that we’ll find a treatment that works for you.

Our team will take you through a comprehensive evaluation to understand the cause of your dry eye. This process allows us to assess the best treatment for you.

Along with radiofrequency treatment, punctal plugs, TearCare, and Blephex, 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 areas above and below the eyes to manage dry eye disease. It is 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 which improves tear break-up time and increases 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

The night before your treatment, we recommend drinking a minimum of 4 cups of water to hydrate your skin.

We ask that you come to your appointment with a “clean face” (no makeup, face lotions, or other products).

When you arrive for your appointment, our front desk staff will help check you in. You’ll be asked to fill out a consent form, which our staff is happy to assist you with. Prior to the appointment, we take “before” pictures at our office so you can see the progress of your treatments.

During Your Treatment

This treatment is fast and simple. During the treatment, your doctor will apply ultrasound 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.

The OptiLight procedure is often followed by meibomian gland expression to release any trapped oils after your treatment. This process allows new, healthy oils to coat the eyes.

After Your Treatment

After the treatment, we book a follow-up treatment within 3 - 4 weeks. You’ll be provided with sunscreen to apply immediately after your treatment.

It’s important to avoid direct sunlight and always use sunscreen for any outdoor activities. Our team will contact you a few days after your treatment to check in on the status of the treated area.

You may notice some mild redness and discomfort after your treatment which is completely normal.

Part of Your Custom Treatment Plan

A course of treatment typically includes 4 sessions spaced 3 - 4 weeks apart, spanning 3 - 4 months total. Your doctor will review your personalized treatment plan with you before your first appointment.

It’s important that during your treatment timeline you avoid unnecessary sun exposure and follow post-treatment instructions carefully. This ensures optimal results and mitigates discomfort.

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 us to get an accurate diagnosis and a treatment plan tailored to your needs.

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