Dealing with the persistent discomfort of Dry Eye Syndrome can be more than just an inconvenience; it's a daily challenge that affects every aspect of your life, from reading and driving to simply enjoying the outdoors.
We understand the frustration over treatments that don't deliver lasting relief. That's why we're excited to introduce OptiLight by Lumenis – a groundbreaking and FDA-approved IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) therapy.
OptiLight goes beyond temporary solutions, targeting the underlying causes of Dry Eye Syndrome to bring you long-term comfort.
IPL is not another eyedrop or medication–it’s a non-invasive procedure that treats evaporative dry eye syndrome (the most common type) at its source. This leads to:
Reduced Dryness: Experience significant relief from the persistent dryness and irritation.
Improved Eye Comfort: Enjoy a noticeable improvement in overall eye comfort during daily activities.
Long-Lasting Relief: Benefit from long-term relief, reducing dependency on eye drops or other temporary measures.
IPL therapy offers a comprehensive treatment effect for dry eye, encompassing anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and photothermal actions. The therapy works by directing brief, high-energy light flashes specifically to the inflamed areas and abnormal blood vessels near the eyelids, commonly linked to meibomian gland dysfunction (the small oil glands that prevent rapid tear evaporation).
The IPL light pulses generate heat that effectively unclogs the meibomian glands, improving the quality of tears and reducing eye irritation. Additionally, the therapy aids in decreasing inflammation, partly by lowering the levels of bacteria and Demodex mites, both contributors to the aggravation of dry eye symptoms.
The most critical aspect of IPL's functionality is targeting telangiectasia, which are abnormally enlarged blood vessels. This is achieved through selective photothermolysis, a process where the light energy is absorbed by these dilated vessels, heating them specifically without negatively impacting surrounding tissues. This targeted heating causes the abnormal vessels to collapse and gradually fade.
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The IPL treatment is typically completed within 30-40 minutes. The procedure involves the application of eye shields and a cooling gel to the area around the eyes, ensuring comfort and effective light conduction. During the treatment, the technician systematically delivers light pulses to the skin, causing a warm sensation and a bright flash. Patients typically feel a mild "flick" against the skin with each pulse. Post-treatment, it's normal to experience mild redness or warmth in the treated area, which usually subsides within a few hours, allowing most patients to resume their daily activities immediately.
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We believe in transparent pricing for all our treatments. The price is $400 per treatment. The IPL treatment protocol consists of four initial treatments, typically conducted over 4-6 months, each costing $400, resulting in a total of $1600 for the first year. You can take advantage of a 10% discount ($160 savings) when paying in full on the day of the first procedure. It is expected that a maintenance treatment will be needed once per year, on average, at a cost of $400.
This procedure is currently NOT covered by Medicare or other commercial insurance carriers.
Wondering if IPL therapy is right for you?
If you are a current patient, please call and notify the office that you are interested in having your Doctor review your case to see if you’re a candidate.
If you’re a new patient, please call and schedule a dry eye consultation. Our team is eager to guide you on your path to relief from Dry Eye Syndrome. Please call (260) 824-2020 for more information!