According to eye care experts, an estimated 49 million Americans experience dry eye symptoms every year. Symptoms such as a foreign body sensation in your eyes, pain, blurry vision, and dry or watery eyes can have a serious negative impact on your quality of life. And if left untreated, it can lead to further problems with your eye health and vision.
Many dry eye sufferers don’t even know that they have dry eye disease or that a solution to their discomfort is even out there. So, they just live their life in constant discomfort.
At the Dry Eye Center of New Jersey, we’re here to help you overcome dry eye. Dr. Alan Schlussel and the team have years of experience diagnosing and treating dry eye at the source. We use state-of-the-art technology, such as the Oculus Keratograph 5M, which includes tear break-up time, redness scale, and meibography, as well as the Tear Lab Osmolarity testing.
Dr. Schlussel was named one of the top 150 optometrists in the country and has been in private practice for over 30 years. His attention to detail and patient-centered approach will help you feel confident and comfortable during your dry eye journey.
Our goal is to help you live more comfortably with clear vision. That’s why we’re proud to offer OptiLight by Lumenis to our patients, specially designed for dry eye management.
We also offer Equinox Low-Level Light Treatment, TearCare, Blephex, punctal occlusion, serum tears, and other approved topical eye drop treatments.
What Is OptiLight by Lumenis?
OptiLight by Lumenis is the only Intense Pulse Light therapy that’s FDA-approved for management of dry eye symptoms. It’s a non-invasive treatment that uses pulsed light in the area below the eyes, leading to a reduction in dry eye symptoms.
It is supremely comfortable, and has been recommended as a safe and effective treatment in over 20 clinical studies.
How Does It Work?
Precise pulses of light are used to reduce the swelling and inflammation that often accompanies dry eye disease. It helps slow tear break-up time, and strengthens the function of the meibomian glands.
Some major benefits patients may experience with OptiLight include:
- Improving meibomian gland functionality
- Reducing the amount of Demodex mites and bacteria living around your eyes
- Slowing tear break-up time
- Eliminating blood vessels that contribute to swelling of the eye
What to Expect
Before Your Treatment
We ask that you avoid sun exposure for 1 week before your treatment. We’ll provide you with specific pre-treatment care instructions and answer any questions you may have.
When you arrive at our office, you’ll be greeted by our friendly staff to check you in. We ask that you arrive 20 minutes early to your first appointment to complete the necessary paperwork.
Please come with a clean face (no makeup, lotions, or products). We’ll be happy to get you settled in.
During Your Treatment
This treatment is remarkably fast, simple and convenient. To begin the treatment, our optometrist will apply a coupling gel to the area to be treatmed, and cover your eyes with shields. Once this is done, the IPL treatment begins. You may experience a slight warming sensation as the pulsing light is applied to the skin. Nonetheless, the treatment is gentle throughout, with little to no discomfort. These treatments typically take no more than 10 – 15 minutes.
OptiL followed by meibomian gland expression if necessary.
After Your Treatment
After your treatment, you may notice some mild discomfort, redness, and sensitivity to sunlight. Please avoid sun exposure for 48 hours after your treatments.
Your eyes may be a bit irritated at first, but this should subside over time. You should start noticing a difference in your dry eye symptoms after 2 – 3 treatments.
Part of Your Custom Treatment Plan
Generally, a full treatment regimen includes 4 sessions, spaced between 2 and 4 weeks apart. Your doctor will review your customized treatment plan with you before your first appointment.
Don’t Just Live With Dry Eyes Anymore!
Your dry eye symptoms can be managed! This new and exciting treatment can restore your quality of life. Visit your eye doctor to get an accurate diagnosis and a treatment plan tailored to your needs.