Dry eye disease is a common problem that affects almost 50 million individuals in the country. The chronic condition can significantly impact an individual's quality of life. It causes uncomfortable symptoms like pain, burning, blurry vision, and the sensation of something in the eye. If untreated, dry eye can lead to long-term eye complications. Several treatment options help to relieve dry eye symptoms.
OptiLight treatment is a light-based therapy that uses intense, broad-spectrum light to target symptoms of meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD). Over 85% of dry eye syndrome cases are a result of MGD. The treatment helps to address inflammation, a key factor in MGD.
Experts developed OptiLight to reach the eyelid area safely and effectively using the OPT™ technology. Eye doctors prescribe the treatment for adults 22 years and above. The therapy helps to complement meibomian gland expression, warm compresses, and artificial tears.
OptiLight uses Optimal Pulse Technology (OPT™) to transform light into controlled, precise, targeted, and uniform treatment. Experts designed the equipment to treat the delicate eye area, safely and effectively breaking the cycle of inflammation.
The treatment reduces sources of inflammation, such as Demodex mites, abnormal blood vessels, and pro-inflammatory agents. OptiLight therapy reduces inflammation, restoring meibomian gland function and slowing down tear film evaporation. It helps to relieve symptoms of dry eye disease.
OptiLight treatment usually involves four sessions two to four weeks apart. During treatment, eye specialists use shields to cover the eyes before applying a layer of coupling gel over the treatment area. They use a special device to apply light on the skin below the eyes.
Most patients report experiencing minimal discomfort during treatment. Expressing the meibomian glands helps to remove any clogged oil. The session takes 10 to 15 minutes, and there is no downtime.
It is normal to experience redness immediately after treatment, but it usually subsides within several hours. Most people report improvements after two to three treatments. Most specialists recommend four sessions for optimal results.
For long-term results, they recommend treatments every six to 12 months. Patients should avoid UV exposure to protect the skin after OptiLight. Wearing high-quality sunscreen for several weeks also helps to protect the area around the eyes.
There are several reasons to get OptiLight treatment, such as these benefits:
It increases tear break-up time
It reduces the amount of bacterial and Demodex mites around the eyes
It reduces abnormal blood vessels, which leads to inflammation
It improves meibomian gland dysfunction
It produces long-term results by targeting many factors that lead to dry eye
It reduces the patient's dependency on eye drops
It is safe and effective
While there are minimal side effects, some people may experience:
Pain or discomfort
A change of pigmentation
While OptiLight is an effective treatment option, it is not for everyone. The treatment is contraindicated for patients with eyelid or ocular surgery, pre-cancerous lesions, and uncontrolled eye disorders. Your eye doctor will examine your condition to determine if you are a good candidate for the treatment.
For more on treating dry eye disease with OptiLight, visit Inland Family Optometry at our offices in Rancho Cucamonga or Chino, California. Call (909) 345-6100 or (909) 345-9809 to book an appointment today.