Dry eye occurs when the eye does not produce enough quality tears to protect the eye. There are many treatment options available for dry eye including over-the-counter and prescription eye drops, warm compresses, lid scrubs, punctal plugs, iLux and IPL (Intense Pulsed Light). More and more treatment options are being developed to help combat this chronic condition that affects so many people. As a leading eye care provider, Lake Norman Eye Care is excited to introduce iLux and Optilight by Lumenis, two new treatments to the many options we have available for our dry eye patients.
The treatment of dry eye has changed dramatically in the past 10 years with more medical and therapeutic options than ever before. It is essential for experienced physicians to work with you one-on-one and evaluate which treatment options are right for you. A variety of treatments are available to help manage dry eye, including:
- Lubricating eye drops and gels – The most common treatment for dry eye is to use over-the-counter eye drops, such as artificial tears. These help lubricate the eye and will provide temporary relief from the symptoms.
- Dietary supplements, such as fish oil or flaxseed oil.
- Prescription eye drops, such as Restasis®, which help stimulate tear production. Other prescription eye drops include antibiotics and/or steroids.
- Warm compresses and/or lid scrubs to reduce inflammation of the meibomian glands and lash follicles.
- Punctal plugs – When eye drops are not enough, your doctor may suggest using punctual plugs. These plugs are placed in the tear ducts to prevent tears from draining out. This will help conserve your tears and keep the moisture in the eye.
How iLux works
An iLux treatment is a simple process. Then the doctor uses the iLux to apply a LED light-based heat to warm the meibomian glands. Once they are sufficiently warmed, the doctor uses the iLux to compress the eyelid to help clear out the glands. Overall, the treatment takes approximately 5-7 minutes per eye. The meibomian glands play a role in providing oil to keep the eyes moist. If these glands become clogged, then the eyes are not receiving enough moisture to keep them lubricated. This is called meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD). MGD is the cause of around 86% of dry eye.
How Optilight by Lumines works