What Is Dry Eye?
Dry eye disease, commonly known as dry eye, is a prevalent condition that affects millions of Americans. As the name implies, abnormally dry eyes are a significant discomfort-causing symptom.
The two primary types of dry eye are aqueous deficiency (lack of tears) and evaporative (premature evaporation of tears). Causes for both types share some overlap, including environmental factors, not blinking enough, certain medications, and certain medical conditions.
Contact us today if you’re suffering from the uncomfortable symptoms of dry eyes. We’ll examine your eyes and review your treatment options with you.
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 eye doctor can consider you a candidate for OptiLight, they need to perform a comprehensive eye exam. Once they know the cause of your dry eye, they can determine whether OptiLight will be beneficial.
In most cases, the optometrist applies a gel to the treatment area and covers your eyes with special shields. Then they apply the light to your skin. You may notice some warmth, but there should be minimal discomfort, if any.
After the light treatment, some patients also get a meibomian gland expression. Next, your doctor will discuss aftercare. One thing to be aware of is that the light may leave your skin weak to UV radiation—it’s important to protect your skin for at least a month with high-quality sunscreen.
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.
Review OptiLight With Dr. Parks
Dry eye disease can be a complex disease that requires advanced treatment, and OptiLight’s patented-technology can provide a great treatment option. The first step is sitting down with Dr. Parks to discuss your symptoms. Based on your symptoms, your eyes, and your vision needs, the doctor can determine whether OptiLight is right for you.
Book an appointment today and give your eyes the relief they need.
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