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Dry Eye Diagnosis and Treatment Solutions

Dry eye disease is becoming increasingly common, affecting millions of people worldwide. This chronic condition can significantly impact your life, sometimes making even the smallest of tasks seem difficult.

man having dry eye discomfort

What are the Symptoms of Dry Eye Disease?

Here is how to tell if you have dry eye:

  • 👁️ A burning or scratchy sensation in your eyes
  • 👁️ Stringy mucus in or around your eyes
  • 👁️ Irritated or overly-watery eyes
  • 👁️ Sensitivity to light or photophobia
  • 👁️ Eye redness, blurred vision, or eye fatigue
  • 👁️ A sensation of having something in your eyes
  • 👁️ Difficulty wearing contact lenses


If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, book an appointment with your eye doctor to receive a dry eye disease diagnosis and get the treatment you need

If you have eye pain, blurry vision, and dry or watery eyes, it could be a sign that you have dry eye disease. But don’t worry! With an in-depth eye exam, our team can assess your vision and eye health to get you the treatment you need.

There are various methods to ease your dry eye symptoms and help you see clearly and comfortably again.

What are the 2 Types of Dry Eye Disease?

1. Evaporative Dry Eye (EDE)

EDE is the most common type of dry eye disease. This type of dry eye occurs when you lack the proper amount of oil in your tears. When this happens, your tears can evaporate too quickly, drying out your eyes. In some cases, EDE can be caused by meibomian gland dysfunction, a disorder where the meibomian glands in your eyes become blocked, limiting the amount of oil being produced for
your tears.


2. Aqueous Tear Deficiency (ATD)

If you suffer from ATD, your eyes lack the aqueous layer in your tears. This means that your eyes aren’t producing enough tears to keep the eye moist, which can lead to irritating and uncomfortable symptoms.

OptiLight by Lumenis

What Is OptiLight by Lumenis?

OptiLight by Lumenis is a safe, gentle, and effective treatment done to manage dry eye disease. This non-invasive procedure is the first and only FDA approved intense pulsed light (IPL) treatment for dry eye management. OptiLight uses pulses of light precisely administered in the area below the eyes to reduce dry eye symptoms. This 10-15 minute procedure can relieve dry eye symptoms by: ● Increasing tear break-up time ● Reducing the amount of demodex mites and bacteria around your eyes ● Decreasing inflammation inflammation ● Improving meibomian gland functionality

What to Expect

If your eye doctor has recommended the OptiLight treatment, they will go over everything you can expect before, during, and after your appointment. Preparing for Your Appointment To prepare for your appointment you should avoid: ● Using skin brightening agents or serums for the week before your appointment ● Using tanning beds 1 month prior to your appointment ● Getting botox for at least 3 months before your appointmen

This treatment is fast and simple, taking only 10–15 minutes. During your treatment your doctor will apply a cool gel on the treatment area and cover your eyes with shields to protect them. As light is applied to the skin, you may experience a warm or a tapping sensation, but you shouldn’t feel any pain.

Am I a Good Candidate for OptiLight by Lumenis?

How do you know if OptiLight is the right treatment for you? During an eye exam, your doctor can determine whether or not it is the right option for you. In general, OptiLight isn’t recommended for patients who: ● Are taking certain medications, like Accutane ● Have active acne ● Suffer from certain skin disorders ● Are susceptible to keloid scarring ● Have severe scarring ● Have severely sunburned recently

The American Optometric Association recommends eye exams

At the age of

6-12 mths

at least once


3-5 y.o.

at least once

5-18 y.o.


16-64 y.o.

every 2 years

unless at risk for certain eye diseases.

65+ y.o.


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