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.

At Omaha Primary Eyecare, your comfort and positive experience are our highest priorities. We utilize modern dry eye solutions and technology to ensure lasting relief for you or your loved ones. Our practice takes into consideration your specific visual and medical history before performing any procedures, and use tools like the Inflammadry and Keratograph 5M to accurately and effectively diagnose dry eyes.

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

Before your scheduled appointment, avoid direct exposure to sunlight. Also make sure to come to your appointment without makeup on, or be prepared to remove it.

When you come in for your appointment, one of our eye doctors will ask you some preliminary questions, take several scans and tests, and discuss with you the best treatment strategies for your particular needs. This can seem like a lot of information all at once, but don’t worry, our friendly staff will ensure you get a summary sheet of our findings and discuss what the results mean in detail with you.

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 [depending on the doctor].

After Your Treatment

Dry eye is a chronic condition — real, long-lasting relief takes time. Over the course of your treatment sessions, you will steadily improve your symptoms of dry eyes. By the time your treatment ends you should notice a drop off in the need to use eye drops or other supplementary medication.

We recommend that after your treatment sessions, you avoid direct exposure to sunlight.


Part of Your Custom Treatment Plan

A course of treatment typically includes 4 sessions spaced 2–4 weeks apart. After attending all 4 OptiLight treatment sessions, we recommend attending maintenance treatment appointments every 6–12 months. You and your eye doctor will discuss if you may require more treatments than others based on your specific needs.

Treatment sessions using OptiLight take approximately 45 minutes to an hour to complete. Individual treatment sessions are fast and noninvasive and will allow you to return to your daily life free from any feelings of discomfort or irritation.


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.