OptiLight for Dry Eye Management
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.
Werner Optometry is dedicated to bringing the best in dry eye management technology to our patients. We offer highly detailed imaging, tear osmolarity tests, and a full scan that maps your corneal surface, tear volume, and meibomian glands.
Our team goes above and beyond to make sure we understand all aspects of your dry eye disease symptoms. 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 (How long your natural tear stays on the eye)
- 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
Prior to your appointment, we’ll email you dry eye history forms to build a deeper understanding of your eyes. Please bring the completed forms, as well as a list of any eye medications, drops, and lubricants you use, as well as any other medications you’re currently taking.
On the day of your appointment, we ask that you forgo any ophthalmic drops, and skip ophthalmic ointments the night before. Come in with no makeup, creams, or sunscreens around the eyes.
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.
After Your Treatment
In the weeks after your OptiLight treatment, we ask that you avoid direct sunlight. There is little to no downtime following this treatment; just be sure to follow any aftercare advice given to you by your optometrist.
You may experience mild tenderness or a sunburn-like redness following your appointment. There’s also a chance that some areas of the skin may darken or scab. Though this may feel uncomfortable, it is a normal part of the healing process and should clear up with time.
Part of Your Custom Treatment Plan
A course of treatment typically includes 4 sessions spaced 2–4 weeks apart.
Our doctors are passionate, caring, and dedicated to building a treatment plan that’s just right for your eyes.
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.
Make an appointment to get an accurate diagnosis and a treatment plan tailored to your needs.