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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.

With over 60 years of combined experience, Winter Park Vision Specialists are a team of eye care professionals who are happy to help you. Your eyes are an essential part of how you enjoy each day. Dry eyes shouldn’t get in the way of your life anymore. 

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 treatment, we recommend you avoid tanning for 3 to 4 weeks before your appointment. We also ask that you don’t wear makeup to your appointment, or bring makeup remover with you. 

When you arrive, our team will check you in and ensure your paperwork and history are updated and complete. We request that you fill out the forms provided to you prior to your appointment. 

During Your Treatment

This treatment is fast and simple. During the treatment the Doctors of Winter Park Vision Specialists 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 depending on what the Doctors of Winter Park Vision Specialists recommend. 

After Your Treatment

Patients generally report noticeable improvements in their dry eye symptoms after the second or third treatment. 

The Doctors of Winter Park Vision Specialists will review post-treatment care with you during your appointment.

Part of Your Custom Treatment Plan

A course of treatment typically includes 4 sessions spaced 2 to 4 weeks apart. The Doctors of Winter Park Vision Specialists will help create the right treatment plan 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, the Doctors of Winter Park Vision Specialists are the only people 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.