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.
You don’t have to just live with the discomfort anymore. Our team at HMB Optometry Family Eye Care is committed to providing you with high-quality dry eye treatment from diagnosis to aftercare.
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 diagnose dry eye, your doctor will use a device called a keratograph to get a detailed picture of your eye’s surface. They will also express your meibomian glands to assess their functionality.
After diagnosis, your doctor will recommend a custom treatment plan. To prepare for OptiLight treatment, you must avoid sun exposure since your skin needs to be as healthy as possible to get the best treatment outcome. Wear a sunscreen rated at least SPF-30 every day for 3 weeks leading up to treatment, and always wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses when going outside.
You should also avoid using topical agents that contain glycolic acid, Retin A, exfoliators, or bleach 3 days prior. Come to your appointment with a clean face—no lotion or makeup.
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, your skin will be sensitive, and you could experience a burning sensation. Your doctor will use cooling witch hazel pads on your face, followed by a soothing post-treatment recovery balm, and SPF-50 cream to protect the treated area. You will be provided with a trial kit of 4 Image Skincare products to continue to cleanse, hydrate, reduce pigmentations and protect your skin.
After treatment, continue to use SPF-30 or higher sunscreen daily, between treatments and after your final treatment. If you are outside for an extended period of time, please reapply. After treatment, you should also:
Avoid makeup if your skin is cracked or damaged
Use a gentle cleanser for 3-5 days after treatment
Do not use any topical exfoliants, acids, etc for 3 days
Avoid rigorous exercise for 2-3 days
Avoid airplane travel for 24 hours
Avoid hot baths or saunas for 2-4 days
Aftercare is an essential part of a successful treatment plan. You should expect some discomfort following treatment but can look forward to the chance of relief from dry eye symptoms.
Part of Your Custom Treatment Plan
A course of treatment typically includes 4 sessions spaced 3–4 weeks apart.
From diagnosis to treatment to aftercare, the entire HMB Optometry Family Eye Care team is committed to being with you every step of the way as you gain relief from dry eye discomfort.
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.