Advanced Medical Dry Eye Treatments: OptiLight And iLux


Dry eye disease is becoming increasingly common, affecting millions of people worldwide. This chronic condition can significantly impact your life, sometimes making even the smallest of tasks seem difficult. If you have eye pain, blurry vision and dry or watery eyes, it could be a sign that you have dry eye disease. But don’t worry! With an in-depth eye exam, your doctor can assess your vision and eye health to get you the treatment you need, like OptiLight or iLux advanced medical dry eye treatments.

What Is Dry Eye Disease?

Dry eye disease is a common eye condition that occurs when there is an issue with any one of the three components of your tears. Your tears are made up of three distinct layers, all of which work together to keep your eyes healthy:

  • The oily layer prevents your tears from evaporating too quickly
  • The watery layer delivers nutrients to your eyes
  • The mucus layer keeps your tear film stuck to the surface of your eyes

What Are The Symptoms Of Dry Eye Disease?

If you are suffering from dry eye disease, you may notice any of the following symptoms:

  • A burning or scratchy sensation in your eyes
  • Stringy mucus in or around your eyes
  • Irritated or overly watery eyes
  • Sensitivity to light or photophobia
  • Eye redness, blurred vision or eye fatigue
  • A sensation of having something in your eyes
  • Difficulty wearing contact lenses

What Is OptiLight By Lumenis?

OptiLight by Lumenis is a safe, gentle and effective treatment done to manage dry eye disease. This non-invasive procedure is the first and only Food and Drug Administration-approved intense pulsed light (IPL) treatment for dry eye management.

OptiLight uses pulses of light precisely administered in the area below the eyes to reduce dry eye symptoms. This 10- to 15-minute procedure can relieve dry eye symptoms by:

  • Increasing tear break-up time
  • Reducing the amount of demodex mites and bacteria around your eyes
  • Decreasing inflammation
  • Improving meibomian gland functionality

Not only will it give you dry eye relief, but OptiLight treatments make you feel better and look better, reducing fine lines and wrinkles.

What to Expect

If your eye doctor has recommended the OptiLight treatment, they will go over everything you can expect before, during and after your appointment. Your doctor will recommend a series of four treatments followed by an iLux treatment for optimal results.

The OptiLight treatment is fast and simple. During your treatment, your doctor will apply a cool gel on the treatment area and cover your eyes with shields to protect them. As light is applied to the skin, you may experience a warm or a tapping sensation, but you shouldn’t feel any pain.

What Is Systane iLux?

iLux is the world’s first meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) thermal pulsation system. Through the use of a handheld device, iLux uses gentle heat and pressure to remove oil blockages in these glands, all in a minimally invasive treatment process that takes less than 15 minutes.

Pairing the use of OptiLight and iLux, we can ensure reduction in dry eye symptoms long-term. Based on your specific case, your doctor may recommend maintenance treatments on a biyearly basis.

Find Relief Today

You don’t have to live with the uncomfortable symptoms of dry eye disease. With OptiLight and iLux, your symptoms can be managed effectively and efficiently, restoring your quality of life.

The Anne Arundel Eye Center team can help you find relief from dry eyes. Call 410-224-2010 to learn more.


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