What is Dry Eye?
Dry eye disease is a common condition that affects the eye’s ability to keep itself lubricated. The problem occurs within the eye’s tear film. If a patient’s tear film isn’t able to produce and keep high-quality tears, it’s possible the patient will begin to experience the irritation and symptoms of dry eye.
Dry eye can be caused by a variety of factors. Some limit the eye from producing tears, while others increase the evaporation speed of the tears. Factors such as diet, dry air, allergies, or old age can all contribute to a patient’s risk of dry eye.
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
Ideally, you will arrive at our office with a freshly cleaned face and no makeup. But, we certainly understand that life happens and we are able to remove cosmetics for you if needed.
You will be warmly greeted and brought into our comfortable Dry Eye Spa, where we will prepare your eyes and then perform the treatment. Everything will be thoroughly explained to you and there will be ample time to ask any questions you may have.
To get the most from your OptiLight treatment, we recommend that you avoid tanning for a few weeks before your appointment.
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.
After Your Treatment
Some patients will experience an improvement in their dry eye symptoms after the first treatment. For others, it may take a little longer, but most of our patients notice significant improvement after the third session.
Combining the OptiLight treatment with supplemental, at-home remedies will help you become symptom-free as quickly as possible. We will provide you with advice and recommendations.
There is virtually no downtime with OptiLight. You may experience some redness, but you can resume your normal activities immediately following treatment.
Will the OptiLight 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 Eyes 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.
Conveniently located a short drive from the I-72 on East Main Street and Crown Street. You’ll recognize our inviting building immediately—it looks like a cozy home.
- 74 E Main St
- Plainville, CT 06062
In case of an eye emergency call Dr. Higgins at (860)729-4083.
Hours Of Operation
- Monday: 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM
- Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM
- Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
- Thursday: 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM
- Friday: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
- Saturday: Closed
- Sunday: Closed