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OptiLight by Lumenis

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.

ViewPointe Vision prides itself on being on the cutting edge of technology and is dedicated to using the most effective modern dry eye solutions. Through the use of an Oculus Keratograph, our eye doctors will be able to effectively diagnose dry eyes by measuring and imaging different parts of the eyes and tear film. We also use stains to assess the health of ocular structures and perform special tests to see if any inflammation is occurring due to dry eyes.

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 and is 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 you come in for your dry eye evaluation, you will need to arrive a bit earlier than your appointment time to fill out a brief questionnaire, sign any necessary paperwork. You should also arrive at the office without makeup or contact lenses, and be shaven below the cheekbone if it applies.

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.

OptiLight is often followed by meibomian gland expression [depending on the doctor].

After Your Treatment

The benefits from this procedure may not be very noticeable until after 2 treatment sessions have been performed. After your appointment, you should keep the treated area protected from the sun for 2 weeks, applying sunscreen when necessary and wearing a hat whenever you can.

Part of Your Custom Treatment Plan

A course of treatment typically includes 4 sessions spaced 2–4 weeks apart. Once all 4 sessions have been completed, regular maintenance treatments should occur every 6–12 months.

The frequency of your OptiLight treatment appointments is ultimately up to you and your doctor; you may require more treatment sessions based on your specific needs, and this will be discussed during your initial appointment.

Treatment sessions using OptiLight will usually last around 45 minutes to an hour. The treatment will not have any adverse effects on the rest of your day, allowing you to quickly get back to your routine after your 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.

 

Project Manager: Jillian Nowak

Prepared By: Kaia Pankhurst