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Equinox Low Level Light Treatment (LLLT) for Dry Eyes

Developed by NASA, LLLT has proven effective at treating dry eye disease. LLLT uses specially designed LED lights to gently warm up the eyelids, causing the meibomian glands to unclog and release oils needed to keep eyes healthy, moisturized and comfortable.

Equinox Low Level Light Therapy is a powerful and unique treatment that is non-invasive, pain and stress-free Meibomian Gland & Dry Eye Treatment as well as treat styes and chalazion (cysts) of the eyelids.

Here’s a study on the benefits of Low level Light Therapy for patients with Meibomian Gland Dysfunction

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85% of patients who have received Equinox Light treatment report noticeable improvements after just 1 application.

According to Dr. Alan B. Schlussel, patients with moderate to severe symptoms should undergo 2-3 Equinox LLLT treatments to ensure better, longer-lasting results.

It’s quick and painless! Simply lay back with the Equinox mask on and relax as the warm light clears your glands. LLLT may also help decrease the appearance of facial wrinkles, acne and rosacea.

  • Safe, non-invasive procedure
  • 15 minutes per session
  • No recovery time needed
  • No side effects or discomfort
  • Safe for adults and children
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What is Equinox Low Level Light Therapy?


The treatment is a series of Low-Level Light Therapy (LLLT), which are gentle yet effective tools for treating Meibomian Gland Dysfunction and Dry Eyes. Within just a few hours of Equinox LLLT, patients report noticeable improvements in their symptoms.

If you’re looking for Equinox Low Level Light treatment near New York City, New York, Dr. Alan B. Schlussel from The Dry Eye Center Of NY & NJ will provide you with the information and relief that you seek.

What Is Meibomian Gland Dysfunction

What is Meibomian Gland Dysfunction?


Our tears are made up of three layers: the lipid (oil) layer, aqueous (water) layer, and the mucous (sticky) layer. These layers work in unison to lubricate and coat the eyes, keeping them moist and comfortable.

Your meibomian glands control the lipids in the eye, called meibum, which combine with other substances in the eye area to create a thin film that consistently lubricates your eyes. Meibum is an essential part of your eye’s makeup as it prevents the evaporation of the eye’s tear film.

Meibomian Gland Dysfunction occurs when the meibomian glands fail to provide enough meibum. This can be triggered by various factors and causes the tear film to evaporate at a quicker rate, leading the eyes to feel dry and uncomfortable. 80% of Dry Eye is due to MGD.

How Does Light Therapy Work?


The Equinox LLLT system applies light to the periorbital ( the region surrounding your eyes, including the eyelids, eyebrows, and upper cheekbones) and cheekbone areas of the face, gently warming the eyelids. This causes the meibomian glands to unclog and release oils, thus reducing the rapid evaporation of tears typically associated with MGD.

Equinox LLLT treats both the upper and lower eyelids simultaneously, and unlike other light treatments, it does not require a gel application. Based on your unique needs, the doctor will examine the severity of your condition and input the information into Equinox’s computerized software.

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Does Equinox LLLT Hurt?


This is a painless, two-step procedure. During the first part of the procedure, you will need to wear special protective glasses to shield your eyes. First, Dr. Alan B. Schlussel will administer the light pulses (IPL) around the entire eye and cheekbone areas. Then, during the second part of the procedure, the doctor will place a protective mask over your face through which the LLLT will be released.

It usually takes approximately 15 minutes to complete the application while you sit comfortably in a reclining chair. You can promptly resume your usual activities following the treatment.

Is Equinox LLLT Safe?


Equinox LLLT is an FDA-approved medical device that treats Meibomian Gland Dysfunction. It is a safe, non-invasive procedure, which is controlled by computer software built into the device.

After the Equinox LLLT Procedure


Following the LLLT (the second part of the procedure), the doctor will provide you with a special skin cream to rehydrate the skin in the periorbital area of the face. Once the Equinox LLLT procedure is complete, no recovery time is needed and patients can resume normal activities. Should you experience any side effects or discomfort, or have any questions following the procedure, please contact our practice.

What Are the Side Effects of Equinox LLLT?


There are no particular side effects or contraindations to Equinox Low Level Light Treatment.

Ask us about how Equinox LLLT can treat your eye condition and enhance your quality of life. Dr. Alan B. Schlussel and the caring and knowledgeable staff at The The Dry Eye Center Of NY & NJ are always here to help patients experience the best vision care and treatment possible. We serve patients from in and around New York City, Newark, Jersey City and Elizabeth in the state of New York.

References

Heiko Pult; Low-Level Light Therapy in the Treatment of Meibomian Gland Dysfunction. Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 2020;61(7):99

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