Dry Eye Disease

Our advanced dry eye treatments offer relief for patients suffering with scratchy eyes, light sensitivity or even discomfort from contact lens wear.

What is Dry Eye Disease?

Tears are essential for good eye heath. Healthy tears maintain a stable tear film over the eye between blinks. If the tear film is not thick enough or doesn’t have enough lipid layer (the outer layer that holds the tear together), the tear can break apart and expose the surface of the eye. If this happens regularly, dry eye disease may result.

What Causes Dry Eyes?

  • Aging

  • Allergens

  • Insufficient blinking (such as when staring at a computer screen or other electronic devices)

  • Dry, dusty or windy climates

  • Medication side effects

  • Eye surgery

Symptoms of Dry Eye Disease

  • Burning, stinging or scratchy sensation

  • Frequent dryness

  • Excessive tearing

  • Sensitivity to light

  • Blurry or unstable vision after blinking

  • Eye pain or discomfort


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Dry Eye Treatment Using Equinox Low Level Light Therapy (LLLT)

Equinox Low Level Light Therapy (LLLT) is a powerful and unique treatment that is non-invasive, pain-free, and stress-free. It is a proven treatment for Meibomian Gland Disease/Dry Eye Disease as well as treatments of styes and chalazion (cysts) of the eyelids.

LLLT uses an optimized wavelength which is absorbed by the mitochondria (the “power house” of the cell) and results in meibomian glands repair and regeneration, a process called PhotoBioModulation. Using a special mask designed to target the eyelids, the meibomian glands are now unclogged and are able to release oils needed to keep eyes healthy, moisturized, and comfortable.

  • Safe, non-invasive application

  • 15 or 30 minute in-office session

  • No recovery time

  • No side effects or discomfort

  • Safe for adults and children

Equinox Low Level Light Treatment (LLLT) Outcomes

85% of patients who have received Equinox Light treatment report noticeable improvements after just one application. Our doctors will discuss if any maintenance protocol may be indicated to preserve the benefits of the LLLT treatment.

Patients with moderate to severe symptoms should undergo multiple, consecutive Equinox LLLT treatments to ensure better, longer-lasting results. Our doctors will recommend a treatment program for optimal results.

The Low Level Light Therapy treatment may also help decrease the appearance of facial wrinkles, acne, and rosacea. Multiple treatments over a short period of time may be beneficial to get these results.

Frequently Asked Questions About Equinox LLLT

What to Expect During Treatment?

This is a painless and patient-friendly procedure. Prior to your first treatment session, your Optometrist will assess the status and severity of your Dry Eye Disease. Then, the doctor will place the LLLT mask over your eyes and face to administer the treatment.

It usually takes approximately 15 to 30 minutes to complete the treatment while the patient sits comfortably in a reclining chair. Regular daily activities can promptly resume following the treatment.

Is Equinox LLLT Safe?

Equinox LLLT delivers light to the treated area using LED, which makes this technology incredibly safe for patients of all ages. It is a non-invasive procedure, which is controlled by computer software built into the device and overseen by our doctors. There are no specific side effects or contraindications to Equinox Low Level Light Treatment.

What to Expect After the Equinox LLLT Procedure?

After the LLLT is complete, the doctor may offer you a facial skin cream to rehydrate the skin in the periorbital area of the face. No recovery time is needed and patients can resume normal activities. Patients notice the improvement in their dry eye sensation right away, even after the first treatment is done.

What may be one of the important factors that is contributing to Dry Eye Disease in our society today?

Dry eye disease has unfortunately become rampant. Starting in kindergarten, children use computers and electronic devices for several hours a day. Adults are no exception. When we stare at any electronic device, we tend to blink less often and our blinks are incomplete causing meibomian glands to become stagnant. Over time these glands that produce essential oils to lubricate our eye surface become clogged, inflamed and even die losing their function all together.

How do I know if I have Dry Eye Disease and what needs to be done?

Some patients may be experiencing symptoms of dry eyes such as grittiness, scratchy feeling or even watery eyes on occasion or even all the time. But there are a number of patients who do not present with any symptoms at all yet may have an advanced case of Dry Eye Disease. The sure way to know if you have Dry Eye Disease and whether your Meibomian glands are affected is to schedule an assessment with our doctors. If doctor determines the presence of Dry Eye Disease they will put together a customized treatment plan to improve the function and your quality of life.

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