Dry eye, also known as ocular surface disease, is a common condition that occurs when your eyes do not produce enough lubrication. Fatty oils, water, and mucus create a complex mixture that helps to maintain a healthy surface for your eyes to provide you with clear vision.
The cause of dry eyes can be varied. Tear production may decrease as a result of the natural aging process, hormonal changes, environmental conditions, inflammation, medication, and other medical conditions.
OptiLight is an IPL, or intense pulsed light, treatment designed to improve the symptoms of dry eye disease and lipid deficiency dry eye. During treatment, the patient will wear protective eyewear as the treatment is delivered to the upper cheek area, under the eyes, and around the nose. Treatment breaks up any blockages in glands and abnormal blood vessels causing inflammation.
The benefits of OptiLight treatment includes:
- Alleviating abnormal blood vessels
- Decreasing Demodex mites
- Improving tear breakup time
- Reducing inflammatory mediators
- Restoring meibomian glands
Possible side effects can include pain, scarring, burns, and bruising as well as damage to surrounding skin such as changes in pigmentation.
At Cosmopolitan Eyecare, we are honored to serve patients in our community with dry eyes. For more information on OptiLight and our services or to schedule an appointment, contact our office today at (212) 302-4889.