OptiLight by Lumenis
Treatment for Dry Eye Disease in Gonzales, LA
If you suffer from dry eye disease, you know how uncomfortable it can be. You may have tried over-the-counter eye drops and home remedies and found no lasting relief from your symptoms.
Intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy has been in use by dermatologists for decades to treat rosacea. Now it’s also a revolutionary and highly effective treatment for chronic dry eye and meibomian gland dysfunction.
At Accent Vision Care, we use the first and only FDA-approved intense pulsed light therapy for the treatment of dry eye: OptiLight.
What is OptiLight, and how does it work?
OptiLight IPL treatment uses targeted wavelengths of light to help relieve symptoms caused by dry eye disease and meibomian gland dysfunction. Meibomian gland dysfunction is the most common cause of dry eye. It occurs when the tiny meibomian glands in your eyelids get clogged or blocked, preventing them from secreting an oil that is an essential part of your tears.
During an OptiLight treatment, our eye doctor will use a specialized device to deliver gentle pulses of light to the affected area around your eyes. The heat generated by the wavelengths of light helps to release any hardened oils that have clogged the meibomian glands. This process removes blockages and improves the flow of oil in the glands, which can help to alleviate dry eye symptoms and improve tear quality.
OptiLight treatment has been proven to be effective through multiple studies and research, showing a significant improvement in the indicators of dry eye.
What are the benefits of OptiLight treatments?
Some of the benefits of OptiLight IPL treatments include the following:
- Quick treatment times: can be completed during a lunch break
- Long-lasting results
- Immediately return to your daily activities after treatment; no recovery period
- Decrease your dependence on eye drops
- Treat the underlying cause of dry eye, not just the symptoms
- Reduction of redness or skin blemishes and mild reduction in fine lines and wrinkles in the treated area
What to expect during an OptiLight session
During the procedure, we will place shields over your eyes and apply a cooling gel to the treatment area. We will then use the device to administer pulses of light to the region around your eyelids, which will break up the clogged buildup and help to improve the flow of oil in the glands.
Each OptiLight IPL session takes about 15 minutes, and patients experience reduced inflammation, healthier meibomian glands, and improved tear break-up time in as little as four sessions.
Is OptiLight right for me?
To determine if OptiLight treatment is right for you, our eye doctor will perform a thorough evaluation of your eyes. This evaluation will include a physical examination along with various tests to assess the condition of your eyes and your tear production.
Are there any risks associated with OptiLight?
As with any medical procedure, there are some risks associated with OptiLight treatment. The most common side effects are eye redness and discomfort, which typically resolve within a few hours after treatment.
How can I prepare for an OptiLight session?
Our eye doctor may ask you to avoid using makeup or lotions on your face for 24 hours before treatment to reduce the risk of side effects. You should also inform your doctor of any medications or supplements you are taking, as these may affect your treatment
If you are struggling with dry eye symptoms and want to learn more about OptiLight IPL therapy, contact us today in Gonzales to schedule an appointment!
“For the past 10 or more years I have been to many eye doctors looking for help with the constant condition of my eyes (extreme redness, burning, and hurting). I told my wife that there is someone out there that can help me. After I went to Accent Vision Care and began the therapies and treatment that Dr. Lamendola prescribed me, my eyes started to get better and feel better. It has been a life changing experience to me… like a miracle!”
— C. Sweatman
“I went from using rewetting drops over my contacts many times a day to rarely using them at all. My eyes are overall much more comfortable wearing my contact lenses.”
— L. Leblanc
“From the day after the first treatment I felt relief from the itching and burning. All the symptoms of dry eye have been down to a minimum. I would recommend to any age, any person with eye discomfort. “
— J. Landry
“Optilight treatments have relieved my itchy and tired eyes and restored moisture to my sensitive eyes.”
— L. Singletary