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Carolina Forest Family Eyecare Scleral Lens Center, Offers Eye-Light Treatment In Myrtle Beach, SC

Do your eyes feel dry, sore, gritty, and uncomfortable? Have you tried over-the-counter drops and medications to relieve your dry eyes, but you still have symptoms? It’s time to try Eye-Light. Dr. Thomas Weshefsky offers the Eye-Light treatment for people suffering from Dry Eye Disease caused by Meibomian Gland Dysfunction.

What Is Eye-Light?

Eye-Light is a combination of Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) and Low-Level Light Therapy (LLLT). IPL is a laser device that focuses a pulse of light on a specific area of the body. LLLT refers to the use of near-infrared lasers with low wavelengths, which is applied to soft tissues on the body. These devices are known as gentle and effective tools for healing injuries and chronic conditions.

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How Does Eye-Light Work?

The Eye-Light system applies light pulses on the periorbital and cheekbone areas of the face, gently warming the eyelids. This triggers the meibomian glands to loosen the oils and naturally stabilize and increase lipid production, reducing the fast evaporation of tears typically associated with MGD.

Based on your unique needs, the doctor will examine your degree of MGD and input the information into Eye-Light’s computerized software. The treatment is administered in our office, conveniently located in Myrtle Beach, SC.

Eye-Light treats both the upper and lower eyelids at the same time. Unlike other light treatments, it does not require a gel application. It is also the only system that utilizes both IPL and LLLT technology together in one device.

Does Eye-Light Hurt?

Eye-Light is a painless, 2-step procedure. During the first part of the procedure, you will need to wear special protective glasses to cover your eyes. First, Dr. Thomas Weshefsky will administer the light pulses around the entire eye and cheekbone areas. Then, during the second part of the procedure, the doctor will place a protective mask over your face through which the LLLT is released. The light therapy carefully heats the upper and lower eyelids simultaneously.

It usually takes approximately 15 minutes to complete the Eye-Light application while you sit comfortably in a reclining chair in your doctor’s office. After the application, you can resume normal activities right away.

Is Eye-Light Safe?

Eye-Light is an FDA-approved medical device for the treatment of Meibomian Gland Dysfunction as the primary cause of Dry Eye Syndrome. Studies show that 93% of patients have been satisfied with the results.

Eye-Light is a safe, non-invasive procedure, which is controlled by computer software built into the device. During the procedure, you will wear protective glasses, which cover your eyes and protect them from any harmful rays. The light pulses from the IPL application do not touch your eyes directly; they are applied to the periorbital and cheekbone areas. The periorbital area is the area surrounding your eyes, including the eyelids, eyebrows, upper cheekbones, and eyebrows.

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All About The Eye-Light Device

The device itself sits on a tray that is attached to a stand on wheels. While the patient relaxes in a partially reclining position, Dr. Thomas Weshefsky maneuvers the Eye-Light device to obtain the best angle for the most effective application.

Eye-Light contains a sensor that monitors levels of heat to ensure the right amount of warmth is released to the eyelids. The computer software calculates the level of strength that will be applied to the specific patient, so there is no risk of excessive exposure to the light pulses. Skin color can affect the outcome of the treatment. Eye-Light’s software has the capability to “understand” different shades of skin, generating the right amount of light pulses for each patient’s unique skin color.

Special disinfectant towels are used to clean and sterilize the Eye-Light device between uses. The built-in sensor includes a cooling function that cools down the heating function after each application.

After Using Eye-Light At Our Myrtle Beach Dry Eye Clinic

The doctor will give you a special skin cream to use after the LLLT (the second part of the procedure) is performed. This cream rehydrates the skin in the periorbital area of the face.

Once the Eye-Light procedure is complete, there is no recovery time. In fact, patients can continue their normal activities immediately! Many patients notice improvement in their Dry Eye symptoms within just a few hours. Some have reported a reduction, and in some cases, a total cessation of the necessity for eye drops.

Should you experience any side effect or discomfort, or have any questions following the procedure, contact our office.

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Benefits Of Eye-Light

Eye-Light has been shown to reduce the incidence of blepharitis (inflammation of the eyelids) and cysts. It is a unique system that combines 2 light therapy technologies into 1, working in harmony together. It is a powerful, yet gentle and effective solution for patients suffering from MGD and DES.

85% of patients who have received Eye-Light treatment report a noticeable improvement after just 1 application. Dr. Thomas Weshefsky recommends that patients with severe symptoms have a series of 4 Eye-Light treatments. This allows them to achieve better, longer-lasting results.

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What Are The Side Effects Of Eye-Light?

As with all kinds of laser treatments, there are some risks of side effects from Intense Pulsed Light. People with darker skin tones may not be suitable, as they may experience the rare effect of partial depigmentation (loss of skin color). In this case, talk to Dr. Thomas Weshefsky about any concerns and risks.

Other Benefits Of Eye-Light

In addition to its intended use as a Dry Eye treatment, Eye-Light has an added benefit as a dermatological treatment. It has been shown to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, resulting in rejuvenated, smoother skin. Patients who have skin spots may notice a more even skin tone several hours up to one day after their Eye-Light procedure.

If you feel like you’ve tried everything to get some relief for your dry eyes, if you’re tired of having persistently itchy, red eyes, then it’s time to try something new. Talk to us about how Eye-Light can improve your dry eyes.

Dr. Thomas Weshefsky and the caring and knowledgeable staff at Carolina Forest Family Eyecare Scleral Lens Center are always here to help our patients experience the best vision care and treatment possible.

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Myrtle Beach | Charleston | Wilmington | Florence | and the state of SC