Low Level Light Therapy (LLLT) for Dry Eyes counteracts the obstruction or malfunction of the Meibomian glands by unclogging the oils needed to keep eyes healthy, moisturized and comfortable. 85% of patients who have received the treatment report noticeable improvements after just 1 application. According to Dr. Santrell Hart-Moreland & Dr. Ayana Robateau, patients with severe symptoms should undergo multiple treatments to ensure better, longer-lasting results.
What is Low Level Light Therapy (LLLT)?
The treatments are gentle yet effective tools for treating Meibomian Gland Dysfunction and Dry Eyes. Within just a few hours, patients report noticeable improvements in their symptoms. This treatment applies low-level (low-power) lasers or light-emitting diodes (LEDs) with absolute precision to clear blocked meibomian glands.
If you’re looking for Low Level Light Therapy near McDonough, Georgia, Dr. Santrell Hart-Moreland & Dr. Ayana Robateau from Elevated Eyecare will provide you with the information and relief that you seek.
What is Meibomian Gland Dysfunction?
Our tears are made up of three layers: the lipid (oil) layer, aqueous (water) layer, and the mucous (sticky) layer. These layers work in unison to lubricate and coat the eyes, keeping them moist and comfortable.
Your meibomian glands control the lipids in the eye, called meibum, which combine with other substances in the eye area to create a thin film that consistently lubricates your eyes. Meibum is an essential part of your eye’s makeup as it prevents the evaporation of the eye’s tear film.
Meibomian Gland Dysfunction occurs when the meibomian glands fail to provide enough meibum. This can be triggered by various factors and causes the tear film to evaporate at a quicker rate, leading the eyes to feel dry and uncomfortable. 80% of Dry Eye is due to MGD.
Meibomian Gland Dysfunction can also cause a clogging of the meibomian glands, resulting in an overgrowth of bacteria on the eyelid and the appearance of an unsightly bump known as a chalazion. This chalazion will not go away on it’s own, and without treatment it can begin to press on the eye, causing a worsening of vision.
How Does Low Level Light Therapy Work?
Light pulses are applied to the periorbital ( the region surrounding your eyes, including the eyelids, eyebrows, and upper cheekbones) and cheekbone areas of the face, gently warming the eyelids. This causes the meibomian glands to unclog and release oils, thus reducing the rapid evaporation of tears typically associated with MGD.
Low Level Light Therapy treats both the upper and lower eyelids simultaneously. Based on your unique needs, the doctor will examine the severity of your condition and provide you with a customized treatment plan.
Q&A: Low Level Light Therapy (LLLT)
Does LLLT hurt?
It is a painless, two-step procedure. During the first part of the procedure, you will need to wear special protective glasses to shield your eyes.
It usually takes approximately 15 minutes to complete the Low Level Light Treatment while you sit comfortably in a reclining chair. You can promptly resume your usual activities following the treatment.
Is LLLT safe?
It is a safe, non-invasive procedure, which is controlled by computer software built into the device. The light pulses are carefully directed at the periorbital and cheekbone area and never touch your eyes directly.
What happens after the LLLT procedure?
Following the LLLT, the doctor will provide you with a special skin cream to rehydrate the skin in the periorbital area of the face. No recovery time is needed post the procedure, and patients can resume normal activities. Should you experience any side effects or discomfort, or have any questions following the procedure, please contact our practice.
What are the side effects of LLLT?
As with all laser treatments, there are some risks. Certain 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. Santrell Hart-Moreland & Dr. Ayana Robateau about any concerns and possible side effects.
Can LLLT treat a chalazion?
LLLT is one of the newer treatment options for chalazion. It's able to change or destroy a lot of the bacteria that are on the skin that cause chalazion to occur. It also changes the consistency on the oil secreted by the meibomian gland, making it easier for the glands to express. This helps clear away the chalazion without having to resort to other treatments such as surgically removing it or injecting it with steroids.
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