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Dry Eye Treatment in Carlsbad

Village Optometry, Your #1 Choice
for Dry, Itchy, & Gritty Eyes

Looking For Lasting Dry Eye Relief?

Dry eye syndrome, also called dry eye disease, can negatively affect your quality of life due to watery, red, irritated eyes.

There are a number of symptoms associated with dry eye syndrome, including:

  • Excessive watering of the eyes
  • Red, dry eyes
  • Itchiness in and around the eye
  • A gritty-feeling in the eye
  • Light sensitivity

If you or a loved one is experiencing any of these symptoms, call Village Optometry to book a dry eye consultation for effective and long-lasting dry eye relief.

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OptiLight Treatment for Dry Eye Syndrome!

What is OptiLight?

OptiLight is a light-based treatment that uses precise, intense broad spectrum light to address dry eye disease due to meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD). MGD is the most common cause of dry eye disease, accounting for about 86% of cases. The treatment addresses inflammation, which is one of the key underlying factors in MGD. OptiLight was specifically developed to reach the delicate contours of the treated area safely, effectively and gently using the OPT™ technology.

What is the OPT™ technology?

Lumenis’ patented technology OPT™ (Optimal Pulse Technology) transforms the use of light and allows targeted, uniform, precise, and controlled treatment. Specifically designed for the delicate area below the eye, OPT™ safely and effectively breaks the vicious cycle of inflammation associated with dry eye.

How does OptiLight work?

OptiLight is a multi-factorial treatment for a multi-factorial disease. It addresses the disease by reducing major sources of inflammation leading to dry eye disease such as abnormal blood vessels, Demodex mites, and pro-inflammatory agents. OptiLight restors the function of meibomian glands and delays evaporation of the tear film.

What does treatment with OptiLight involve?

Treatment protocol typically consists of 4 sessions, at 2 to 4 weeks apart:

During treatment, your practitioner will cover your eyes with shields and apply a thin layer of coupling gel on the treatment area. During treatment, light is applied on the skin below the eyes, most patients report minimal discomfort. OptiLight is followed by meibomian gland expression. Each session takes only 10-15 minutes. There is no downtime, you can resume your daily activities immediately.

When should I expect an improvement?

Patients typically report improvement after 2 to 3 treatments. For optimal results, 4 sessions are advised. To ensure long-term results, a maintenance session is recommended every 6-12 months.

What should I expect after treatment?

You may experience some redness immediately following treatment. This will usually disappear within a few hours. You can return to your daily activities and apply makeup straight away in most cases. You will be advised to stay out of direct sunlight for a few days and to apply sunscreen.

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Dry Eye Causes & Treatment

There are two main causes of dry eye syndrome: either the eyes don’t produce enough tears, or the tears evaporate too quickly. This causes the eyes to have too little moisture to function comfortably.

Several factors can cause this, including dysfunction of the tear glands, allergies, aging, medication side effects, hormonal changes and certain illnesses.

By thoroughly diagnosing the root cause of your dry eye, your Carlsbad eye doctor will determine which treatments and medications to prescribe in order to increase the volume and quality of the tears you produce.

What Are the Most Common Causes of Dry Eye?


People over the age of 50 are more likely to experience dry eye disease, as tear production slows down with age. When the eyelid glands produce fewer tears, dry eye develops.

Hormonal changes

Women often experience dry eye symptoms while pregnant, on birth control pills, or during menopause. This is because unbalanced hormone levels can often lead to decreased tear production.

Autoimmune disease

Sjögren’s syndrome is an autoimmune disease that can cause your white blood cells to attack the tear glands and reduce tear production. Other autoimmune diseases, such as arthritis, lupus, and diabetes, can also lead to insufficient tear production.


Certain medications, such as antihistamines, antidepressants, diuretics, and beta-blockers, can affect tear production or tear composition, causing dry eyes or exacerbating their symptoms.

Other causes include dry air, indoor heating, poor tear quality and dehydration.

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Vision Insurance

Our optometrists in Carlsbad are proud to offer advanced technology in a professional, friendly environment. Our team of experienced eye doctors and friendly eye care staff are here to care for all your vision needs including comprehensive eye exams, contact lens fittings, and diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases (from conjunctivitis to glaucoma). We provide high-quality eyewear, prescription glasses, and contact lenses.

We look forward to discussing your eye health and vision needs and providing you with the best eye care in and around Carlsbad.

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If you do not see your plan listed here, please give us a call at 760-729-4327 and we would be happy to assist you. Our staff is also always available to answer any questions regarding your benefits.


Can dry eye syndrome cause blindness?

Dry eye disease might not seem like an emergency, but if it’s severe and not treated it can damage your cornea and result in vision loss and even blindness in rare cases. The right treatment can help prevent these complications.

Can I wear contact lenses if I have dry eye syndrome?

Wearing contact lenses can be very uncomfortable if your eyes are chronically dry. Ask your Carlsbad eye doctor about specialized contact lenses that can be worn comfortably with dry eye syndrome.

Can dry eye disease be cured?

Dry eye syndrome is a long-term and often progressive condition. There is no permanent cure for dry eyes. However, it can be managed with proper care. Treatment may include over-the-counter or prescription eye drops, tear-stimulating medications, eye compresses and in-office treatments.

Is there a link between dry eye, asthma and allergies?

Studies have shown that people who have asthma and/or allergies have a greater risk of developing dry eye symptoms than their non-asthmatic/allergic peers. Oral antihistamines and inhaled corticosteroids appear to be one reason, but researchers are investigating other possible causes.

Be sure to inform your eye doctor about your asthma, allergies, and any other health conditions, as well as the medications you take.

Ready to say goodbye to dry eye?

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Convenient Hours & Location Near You

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Saturday appointments are also available. Please contact our office for scheduling details. We close the office on Tuesday for lunch from the hours of 1:00 to 2:00. Voice mail is available during that time.

711 Grand Ave, Suite 2
Carlsbad, CA 92008