Relief From Dry Eyes Is in Sight
If you suffer from dry eye, Eye Rx is here to help. As an accredited TearLab Dry Eye Center, we are fully certified as a tear testing laboratory—meaning we can quickly and easily perform tests to measure the quality and quantity of your tears, giving us the information needed to help you find dry eye relief. Book an appointment with us and let’s get to tear testing!
OptiLight by Lumenis: An Innovation in Dry Eye Relief
The OptiLight is an innovative treatment for dry eyes that targets multiple contributors to dry eye, leaving your eyes feeling fresh and clear.
What is OptiLight Treatment Like?
OptiLight treatment is quick and noninvasive! Here’s a breakdown of the main points:
- Treatment comprises of 4 sessions, each about 10–15 minutes long.
- A thin layer of cooling gel is applied, and the noninvasive OptiLight treatment is placed below the eyes.
- Treatment is very gentle. The most you might experience is a warm sensation as the light is applied to the skin.
- There’s no need for changes to your lifestyle after OptiLight sessions—most patients can resume normal activity immediately, including wearing makeup.
- Improvement from dry symptoms is generally reported after the second or third session
Want to talk more about whether OptiLight is right for you? We’re here to help!
What Can Cause Dry Eye?
Dry eye has two main causes: poor tear quality and inadequate tear volume.
Our eyes rely on a healthy, balanced tear film to stay lubricated. That means that if we are unable to produce enough tears or the tears we do produce do not contain enough water, oil, or mucin, then our eyes can become dry and irritated.
Poor Tear Quality
Our tears are made up of 3 main ingredients: water, an oil called meibum, and mucin. If the water in our tears evaporates too quickly, or the tears are not uniformly distributed, it can cause dry eyes. Meibum is responsible for keeping our tears from evaporating too quickly, which it does by forming a thin, protective coating over the surface of your tears. Mucin ensures that our tears spread out evenly over the front surface of the eye (the cornea).
Inadequate Tear Volume
Tears are produced by several different glands located in and around our eyelids. As we age, our eyes may not be able to produce as many tears, which can lead to dry eye. There are also several medical conditions and medications that can also hinder your ability to produce enough tears to keep your eyes lubricated as well.
Environmental factors, such as wind or a dry climate, can also cause our tears to evaporate too quickly.
By analyzing your tears using tear osmolarity, our team of experts can determine how salty your tears are and analyze their composition. This can help show us what the root cause of your dry eye is, and from there we can develop a dry eye treatment plan customized to you.
What Are Symptoms of Dry Eye?
While we will likely all experience dry or irritated eyes at some point, you may have dry eyes if you experience any of the following persisting symptoms:
- Blurry vision
- Light sensitivity
- Excessive tearing or watery eyes
- Tired eyes
- Stringy mucus in or around your eyes
- A foreign body sensation similar to having sand or grit in your eye
- Contact lens discomfort