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"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.

Our doctors at Korb & Associates have extensive knowledge and experience in the dry eye field. With state-of-the-art diagnostic tools such as evaporative stress testing and microscope evaluation, we can determine the cause of your irritation. A thorough examination of your eyes can help us recommend the most effective treatments 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.

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

The preparation for your treatment begins a few weeks before your scheduled appointment. Begin by avoiding sun exposure, such as tanning, for the 2 weeks leading up to your treatment.

Ensure you arrive at the office without wearing any makeup or moisturizers on your face. We screen for recent use of any photosensitive medications, Botox, or other dermal fillers. They may interfere with treatment.

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

After your treatment, you’ll receive artificial tears to help add moisture to your eyes. While this treatment doesn’t cause any discomfort, you may have slightly flushed skin. Skin irritation is possible for the 24 hours following your appointment.

Part of Your Custom Treatment Plan

A course of treatment depends on the specifics of your case. Your doctor will help determine the number of treatments you may need.

Every dry eye case is unique, so your eye doctor will recommend several treatments to relieve your symptoms. Other available treatments include LipiFlow, prescription medications, scleral contact lenses, and at-home therapies.

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.

Contact your eye doctor if you suffer from dry eye symptoms. You deserve to live comfortably.

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