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 Peters Family Eyecare, you’ll feel like family. Your eye health is important to us, which is why we have advanced diagnostic and treatment technology to provide the care you need. With over 50 years of combined experience, your eye care is in great 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
Before treatment, you’ll be asked to come in for a dry eye evaluation. We ask that you don’t wear makeup or use eye drops before your evaluation. You may have been asked to fill out a worksheet. If so, please bring this with you to your appointment.
During this evaluation, your optometrist will examine and evaluate your eyes. They’ll make recommendations for treatment options, which include OptiLight by Lumenis, Miboflow, and other options.
If you choose OptiLight by Lumenis, we’ll schedule a follow-up appointment for your first treatment. Before your appointment, our staff will inform you of any paperwork you need to have filled out.
We also ask that you don’t wear makeup or use eye drops before your treatment.
When you arrive for your appointment, you’ll be greeted by our wonderful front desk staff who will make sure your paperwork is completed.
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 the doctor].
After Your Treatment
Many patients start to feel relief from their dry eye symptoms immediately after their treatment. You may not notice an immediate difference but you should start to feel an improvement by the second or third session.
Your face may feel warm after treatment, but you shouldn’t experience any adverse side effects. Please contact our office if you experience any unusual discomfort following your treatment.
Part of Your Custom Treatment Plan
A course of treatment typically includes 4 sessions spaced 2–4 weeks apart. Your optometrist will discuss your specific treatment plan with you before you start any sessions.
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.