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.
Woodard Eye Care is dedicated to providing quality vision and eye care services to Graham and surrounding communities. As a family practice, we understand your family’s eye health is a priority. With a variety of diagnostic technology and treatment options, your eye health will be in knowledgeable, attentive hands.
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.
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
To prepare for your appointment, we recommend you don’t wear makeup or bring makeup remover with you. If you have long hair, you may want to wear it up as we’ll apply gel to the treatment areas.
When you arrive for your appointment, our team will happily check you in and ensure your paperwork and history are up to date. They’ll also ask you to complete the IPL consent form.
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 depending on your treatment plan.
After Your Treatment
After your treatment, it’s normal for your face to feel warm. A cool compress will be applied directly after the procedure. You may need to use a cool compress for 1 to 2 days after your treatment.
You can wear makeup after your treatment, but it’s important to apply sunscreen to your face if you’re going to be outside.
Part of Your Custom Treatment Plan
A course of treatment typically includes 4 sessions spaced 2 to 4 weeks apart. Your doctor will discuss your treatment with you prior to 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.