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.
At Vision One Eyecare, we can evaluate your dry eye condition with different diagnostics testing to customize a personal dry eye treatment plan for you. These tests allow us to get a full understanding of your symptoms to ensure we recommend treatments that suit your eyes.
Some of the tests we perform include:
- Lipid layer analysis
- Tear evaporation test
- Meibomian gland imaging
- Tear volume measurements
- Corneal topography & photography
- Slit-lamp exam of the ocular surface
- Eyelid evaluation for meibomian gland dysfunction
By completing comprehensive testing, our team can provide the best possible solutions. You don’t have to suffer from dry eye symptoms, we’re here to help.
We’re proud to offer OptiLight by Lumenis to our patients, specially designed for dry eye management.
In addition to OptiLight IPL, we offer pharmaceutical treatment for patients with aqueous deficiency dry eye syndromes, as well as Zocular and BlepEx for lid-related dry eye conditions.
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 recommend:
- Avoiding sun exposure & tanning for 3 – 4 weeks
- Arriving to your appointment with a clean face (no makeup or lotion)
- Using SPF 30+ sunscreen whenever you’re outside
Your doctor will review your pre-treatment instructions with you prior to your first appointment. When you arrive, our friendly staff will check you in and make sure your paperwork is complete.
We’ll get you settled in your treatment room and answer any questions you may have.
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.
After Your Treatment
After your treatment, you may experience some mild redness and discomfort. These symptoms should subside after a few hours. It’s important to avoid sun exposure for at least 48 hours after each treatment. During the entirety of your treatment timeline, it’s important to avoid all tanning activities.
If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact our office!
Part of Your Custom Treatment Plan
A course of treatment typically includes 4 sessions spaced 2 – 4 weeks apart. Your doctor will review your entire customized treatment plan with you before your first appointment to ensure you feel comfortable and confident with your OptiLight procedure.
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.