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 45 years in business, Grant Optometric Group provides personalized care that fits your needs. With a variety of diagnostic technology, such as slit lamp biomicroscopy, meibography, and topography tools, you’ll receive eye care you can count on.

Caring for your eyes is our priority. You don’t have to suffer from dry eye any longer.

Along with tear care, punctual occlusion, dilation and irrigation, and more dry eye treatments, we’re proud to offer OptiLight by Lumenis to our patients. This is a specially designed treatment 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 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

In the week leading up to your treatment, it’s important to stay out of the sun and avoid tanning. We ask that you show up to your appointment with a “clean face” (no makeup, lotions, or other products).

We encourage you to take “before” pictures so you can really see the difference. If you have any beauty marks on your face that you’d prefer not to change, please let your doctor know before treatment.

For your treatment, you shouldn’t be on any medications that are photosensitive, such as antibiotics, doxycicline/tetracycline, or blood thinners. If you’re not sure whether your medication is okay, ask your doctor before you go in for your treatment.

Bring your favorite sunscreen to apply after your treatment.

When you arrive at our office, you can expect to be greeted with a smile. You’ll be asked to fill out a questionnaire and waiver. If you have any questions, our team is happy to help guide you through the forms.

You’ll receive your full bill to review before you’re taken to our treatment room.

During Your Treatment

This treatment is fast and simple. During the treatment, your doctor will apply a coupling gel to 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 5 - 10 minutes. If you experience any pain during your treatment, let your doctor know right away.

OptiLight is often followed by meibomian gland expression if there is more oil trapped in the glands.

After Your Treatment

Immediately after your treatment, you’ll apply sunscreen to your face. Some warmth and mild redness are completely normal after your treatment. Your face may feel as though someone snapped a rubber band against it; noticeable, but tolerable.

Avoiding sun exposure for the first 48 hours after each treatment is very important.

It’s best to avoid unnecessary sun exposure and wear sunscreen every day. If you must be outside in the sun, we recommend wearing a hat.

Part of Your Custom Treatment Plan

A course of treatment typically includes 4 sessions spaced 2 - 3 weeks apart.

Potential side effects include increased redness, swelling, bruising, mild discomfort, and the feeling of heat on the treated area.

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.


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