Dry Eye Disease Technology
IPL treatments have been approved by the FDA in the spring of 2021 to treat the signs and symptoms of dry eye disease. The OPTILIGHT machine uses visible and infrared light to reduce inflammation, kill Demodex and overgrowth of bacteria on the eyelid, break down abnormal blood vessels along the eyelid margin, and help return meibomian glands to a normal functioning state. The OPTILIGHT technology was designed to maneuver around the eyes and have the ability to deliver consistent treatment to the eyelids and optimize the treatment of dry eye disease. Certain wavelengths of light that is emitted by IPL can also stimulate cells and glands to function normally. This process is called photomodulation. Photomodulation can improve meibomian gland dysfunction. At Eye Sight Solutions Optometry, OPTILIGHT is offered to appropriate candidates suffering from dry eye disease. Please inquire with us if you are seeking relief from dry eye discomfort.
What Is OptiLight & 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.
We use the latest technology to diagnose and treat dry eye disease at Eye Sight Solutions Optometry. After identifying the cause of your dry eyes, we can recommend the most effective treatment for your needs.
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 is backed by more than 20 clinical studies.
This non-invasive, drug-free, laser-free light based therapy safely and comfortably decreases demodex, alleviate abnormal blood vessels growth, reduces inflammation and rejuvenates meibomian glands. IPL is the gold standard of treatment and is ideal for dry eye, MGD, ocular rosacea and blepharitis patients.
How Does Optilight 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
There are a couple of things you’ll do to prepare for your appointment.
You will have a complete discussion about your medical history with your doctor and fill out a medical health form. Avoid sun tanning and tanning lotion for at least 4 weeks before your appointment. Arrive for your treatment with a clean face, without any makeup, heavy creams, sunscreen, or contact lenses.
Each visit you will fill out a consent form and your doctor will review your medical history and medications. Pictures of your eyelids, eyes, and face may be taken if necessary.
Finally, please avoid taking the following medications during the 2 weeks leading up to your appointment:
Tetracyclines (which are present in many antibiotics)
Topical retinoids (which are present in many acne creams, as well as lotions, gels, and foams)
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 as needed.
After Your Treatment
There is no necessary recovery from this treatment. You can return to your normal routine immediately after your appointment, but avoid sun tanning between treatments. You can wear makeup without any complications.
You may experience some minor side effects, including:
Mild Fluctuations in vision
Not everyone experiences these side effects, but they are normal. You should notice an improvement after your third treatment. Your dry eye specialist will recommend ongoing maintenance sessions depending on the severity of your dry eyes.
Part of Your Custom Treatment Plan
A course of treatment typically includes 4 sessions spaced approximately 3-5 weeks apart.
OptiLight is a part of your customized treatment plan. Your doctor can recommend other treatment options depending on your needs, including iLux, punctal occlusion, scleral lenses, and amniotic membranes.
Your dry eye specialist will determine the most effective treatments for your condition.
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.
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 our dry eye specialist, Dr. Yura Kim, to get an accurate diagnosis and a treatment plan tailored to manage your dry eye needs.