Dry eye is a chronic condition in which the body does not produce enough quality tears to sufficiently lubricate the eye. Without tear lubrication, the eyes may become irritated, causing burning, itchiness, and excessive watering. Patients with severe cases of dry eyes may actually experience vision impairments caused by damage to the surface of the eye. Fortunately, dry eye treatments are available to help the eye produce more of its own natural tears and also manage inflammation.
DID YOU KNOW…
that dry eye is a very common condition among residents over age 50? The American Academy of Ophthalmology reports that nearly 4.9 million Americans over age 50 are suffering from dry eye, with women outnumbering men nearly 2 to 1. There are many reasons why people develop dry eye, including environmental conditions, the use of certain medications, and the long-term use of contact lenses.
OptiLight at New Path Vision
At New Path Vision we offer Dry Eye Treatment by means of our Lumenis Optilight, a groundbreaking treatment for dry eye which uses pulses of light to remove blockages in the meibomian glands to help with tear production.
OptiLight with Lumenis patented Optimal Pulse Technology uses precise, intense broad spectrum light to address the inflammation – one of the key underlining factors in dry eye disease due to MGD.
OptiLight was specifically developed to reach the delicate contours of the treated area safely, effectively, and gently. OptiLight sets new treatment standards and helps patients to regain health, control, and joy.
Frequently Asked Questions
Should I be treated for dry eye?
The only way to know whether you need dry eye treatment is by visiting your eye doctor for a diagnostic exam. Your eye doctor may recommend treatment if you have abnormal tear production contributing to dryness on the surface of your eyes.
What should I expect during an OptiLight treatment session for dry eye?
▪ A course of treatment typically includes four sessions spaced 2-4 weeks apart.
▪ Each session usually takes only 10-15 minutes.
▪ During the treatment, your practitioner will apply a coupling gel to the treatment area and cover your eyes with shields.
▪ You may experience a warm sensation as the light is applied to the skin. The treatment is gentle with minimum discomfort.
▪ OptiLight is often followed by Meibomian Glands expression.
What can I do to prevent Dry Eye?
▪ Remember to blink when on the computer/reading for long periods
▪ Increase humidity in the air
▪ Wear sunglasses outdoors
▪ Stay hydrated
▪ Avoid direct air blowing on your eyes