OptiLight By Lumenis

Southern Eye Institute

Board-Certified Ophthalmologists & Board Certified Optometrist located in Houma, LA & Thibodaux, LA

Do you suffer from consistently dry eyes, causing frequent irritation and discomfort? If so, you could benefit from OptiLight by Lumenis®. At Southern Eye Institute in Houma and Thibodaux, Louisiana, the team of professionals specializes in treating dry eye conditions. They use innovative treatments, such as OptiLight, to effectively relieve symptoms and improve your quality of life. To find out if OptiLight is right for you, call the Houma office or use the online booking tool today.

What is OptiLight by Lumenis?

OptiLight by Lumenis is a noninvasive procedure that uses light therapy to treat conditions in and around the eye. It uses light pulses to reduce inflammation associated with dry eye disease, improving tear break-up time and increasing meibomian gland functionality.

This device uses Optimal Pulse Technology (OPL™) to safely and effectively manage dry eye disease. It is the first and only intense pulse light (IPL) FDA-approved for dry eye management. 

While eye strain can contribute to dry eye disease, the most common cause is meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD). MGD occurs when the glands around your eyelids become blocked or don’t produce enough oil to keep your eyes hydrated.

What are the benefits of OptiLight by Lumenis?

The Optilight procedure delivers controlled pulses of light energy to your skin, targeting specific molecules responsible for your blood vessels, such as hemoglobin, without damaging the surrounding tissue. 

OptiLight has several benefits for individuals suffering from dry eyes, including:

  • Reduces inflammation
  • Increasing tear break-up time
  • Improves meibomian gland functionality
  • Eliminates bacteria around the eye
  • Reduces risk of infection

When you arrive at Southern Eye Institute for consultation, the team discusses your dry eye symptoms and medical history to determine if OptiLight by Lumenis is the right option.

What should I avoid before and after IPL?

Avoiding direct sunlight for two weeks before your IPL procedure is essential. Also, refrain from extended sun exposure for 3-4 weeks before treatment, including tanning beds and lotions. 

Discontinue any products containing Retina-A, retinol, benzoyl peroxide, glycolic and salicylic acids, astringents, or Vitamin C for one week prior and one week after IPL. After treatment, avoid direct sunlight and wear sunscreen daily. 

Before each session, notify the team if anything changes with your health history or medications.

How does the procedure work?

The team at Southern Eye Institute applies a coupling gel around the treatment area to prepare you for the procedure and a shield to cover your eyes. 

They use an OPT™ handpiece to easily treat every curve and outline of your eye. This device emits intense pulsed light technology, delivering controlled light energy pulses to the skin. You may feel a warm sensation with minimum discomfort during the procedure.

Each OptiLight session takes 15 minutes. For the best results, you should receive at least four OptiLight sessions every 2- 4 weeks to reduce dry eye symptoms.

To learn more about OptiLight by Lumenis, call the Southern Eye Institute location closest to you or schedule an appointment online.