OPTilight by Lumenis


OptiLight by Lumenis is a light-based, non-invasive treatment done in the area below the eyes to manage dry eye. The first and only IPL FDA-approved for dry eye management. The treatment is safe, gentle, and is backed by more than 20 clinical studies.

The Optilight IPL system uses intense pulsed light to target and selectively treat abnormal blood vessels, inflammation, and meibomian gland dysfunction in the eyelids. This treatment is a safe and effective way to improve the functioning of the tear film, which is essential for maintaining healthy eyes.  This can help reduce symptoms such as dryness, irritation, and redness. The treatment can also stimulate the production of collagen, which can improve skin texture and elasticity around the eyes.  

What happens during an OPTilight treatment for dry eyes?

✅Dr. Cheatham will cover your eyes with protective shields and/or goggles and apply gel on the treatment area

✅OPTilight is applied to the skin below the eyes and is noninvasive

✅You may experience a warm sensation as the light is applied to the skin

✅With OPTilight, there’s no downtime.  So, you can get back to your day and even apply makeup straight away in most cases.

👏Most patients report results after the 2nd or 3rd session.



1. NO TANNING 2 WEEKS PRIOR.  The area that will be treated with IPL should not have had any sunburn or suntan on the skin for at least 2 weeks prior to treatment. You will need to avoid a suntan on this area for 2 weeks post-treatment. If using a self-tanning product, please wait until it has completely faded.

2. NO RETIN-A 1 WEEK PRIOR.  Avoid any irritants to your skin, such as any products containing Retin-A, retinol, benzoyl peroxide, glycolic/salicylic acids, for one week before your treatment.

3. NO WAXING 1 WEEK PRIOR.;  SHAVE BEFORE APPOINTMENT.  Do not wax or use a depilatory on treatment areas for one week prior to your treatment.  

4. NO DOXYCYCLINE.  Before each treatment, please inform us if you are taking any new antibiotics or medications as they may make your skin photosensitive and therefore, we may not be able to treat you for two weeks after you complete the medication.

5. HISTORY OF COLD SORES?  Please inform our staff if you have a history of cold sores.


1. Following treatment your skin may feel like it has a slight sunburn. You may experience erythema (redness), edema (swelling), and some discomfort of the treated areas for several hours or up to 3 days post-treatment.

2. You may experience some purpura (purplish spots or patches) in treated areas, which would be expected to resolve within several days.

3. If you experience itching after treatment, you may use over the counter topical hydrocortisone cream. After treatment, your skin may appear slightly reddened which subsides rather quickly. Mild swelling may occur.

4. You may use cold or ice packs, 10-minute intervals, as needed for comfort and to relieve swelling in the first 24 hours will help minimize the swelling.

5. Apply mineral sunscreen immediately after treatment. Use a mild cleanser (such as Cetephil, Aquinil, or Dove) and a mild moisturizer after the treatment for a few days before resuming your normal skin routine.

6. Avoid any irritants to your skin, such as any products containing Retin-A, retinol, benzoyl peroxide, glycolic & salicylic acids, astringents or Vitamin C for one week after your treatment.

7. Avoid sun exposure to the treated area for 2 weeks following the treatment (if not indefinitely). Always use a broad spectrum of sunblock of at least 30 SPF or higher.

8. If desired, you may use makeup on the treated area, if the skin is not broken, blistered, or irritated. If you do not need makeup for the evening or treatment, wait until the next morning.

9. Avoid hot baths or showers, aerobic exercise, hot yoga, massage, harsh cleansers, or chemicals on the treated area for 48 hours following treatment.

10. Do not wax, tweeze or use a depilatory to the treated areas for 1 week after your treatment.

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