Low Level Light
Treatment for Dry Eye – Low Level Light Therapy (LLLT)
If you suffer from dry eye, you are not alone. In fact, it is estimated that as many as 5 million Americans suffer from the condition. Dry eye can be caused by several things, including age, medications, and even prolonged screen time. While there are several treatments available to help alleviate the symptoms of dry eye, one of the most effective is Low Level Light Therapy (LLLT).
What is Low Level Light Therapy (LLLT)?
Marco Equinox Low Level Light Therapy (LLLT) is a non-invasive therapy that uses low-level red light energy and heat to help stimulate tear production and improve the health of the cells lining the inside of the eyelids. LLLT has been shown to be an effective treatment for dry eye, providing long-lasting relief for many patients, as it effectively treats meibomian gland dysfunction and blepharitis.
What can I expect during Low Level Light Therapy (LLLT)?
During a typical LLLT treatment session, you will sit or recline in a comfortable position and a special LED mask will be placed on your face. The mask will emit low-level light energy onto your closed eyelids. The light energy will penetrate the tissue and stimulate cells to produce more tears.
Most patients report feeling a sense of warmth during the treatment, but there is no pain or discomfort associated with LLLT. Each treatment session lasts approximately 15 minutes, and most patients require 3-4 sessions per week for optimal results.
What are the benefits of Low Level Light Therapy (LLLT)?
- LLLT is a safe and effective way to treat dry eye, with few if any side effects.
- LLLT has been shown to provide long-lasting relief from dry eye symptoms, meaning you won’t have to keep coming back for treatments once your symptoms have resolved.
- In addition to treating dry eye, LLLT may also decrease the appearance of facial wrinkles, acne, and rosacea.
- LLLT can produce results for the patient from the first session.
Aftercare instructions for Low Level Light Therapy (LLLT) Treatment
There is no special aftercare required following an LLLT treatment session. You may resume your normal activities immediately after the treatment. However, it is important to avoid rubbing your eyes following the treatment as this can irritate the area and cause further irritation and inflammation. If you experience any redness or irritation following your treatment, please contact our office so we can advise you on how best to proceed.
Low Level Light Therapy (LLLT) is a safe and effective way to treat dry eye symptoms without any negative side effects. Most patients report noticeable improvement after just a few weeks of treatment and enjoy long-lasting relief from their symptoms. If you are suffering from dry eye and looking for an effective way to find relief, please contact our office to schedule a consultation so we can determine if LLLT is right for you.