What is Dry Eye?
Dry eye disease is a common condition that affects the eye’s ability to keep itself lubricated. The problem occurs within the eye’s tear film. If a patient’s tear film isn’t able to produce and keep high-quality tears, it’s possible the patient will begin to experience the irritation and symptoms of dry eye. Dry eye can be caused by a variety of factors. Some limit the eye from producing tears, while others increase the evaporation speed of the tears. Factors such as diet, dry air, allergies, or old age can all contribute to a patient’s risk of dry eye.
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
Increasing tear break-up time
Eliminating blood vessels that contribute to inflammation
Reducing the amount of demodex mites and bacteria living around your eyes
Improving meibomian gland functionality
What to Expect
Before Your Treatment
To prepare for your treatment, we ask that you:
- Avoid sun exposure by wearing a hat, sunglasses, and SPF-30 or higher sunscreen
- Avoid wearing makeup or moisturizer on the day of your treatment appointment
- Come prepared to discuss your previous medical history including skin conditions
When you arrive for your treatment, you will fill out a skin type assessment form. This information helps us ensure the treatment is as effective and comfortable as possible.
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.
After Your Treatment
You should avoid sun exposure and use your post-treatment kit diligently. Your kit will include:
- Eyelid cleansers
- Eyelid scrubs
- Reusable warm compress
After treatment, you should avoid working out and any blood-thinning substances like aspirin or alcohol for 24–48 hours. Some patients may experience some slight redness or irritation, however, those side effects are uncommon.
Depending on your unique dry eye condition, we’ll work closely with you to understand which treatment options are right for you in partnership with OptiLight IPL. These treatments can include BlephEx, LipiFlow, punctal plugs, and more.
Will the OptiLight 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 Eyes 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.
Visit Us Today
At Crockett Eyes LLC, we offer comprehensive eye care for the entire family.
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- 1050 Fording Island Road
- Bluffton, SC 29910
Hours of Operation
- Monday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
- Thursday: 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM
- Friday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Saturday: Closed
- Sunday: Closed