Low-Level Light Therapy (LLLT) Specialist

Montrose Eye Care

Optometrists located in Houston, TX

Developed by NASA, LLLT has proven effective at treating dry eye disease. LLLT uses specially designed LED lights to gently warm up the eyelids, causing the meibomian glands to unclog and release oils needed to keep eyes healthy, moisturized and comfortable. Low Level Light Therapy is a powerful and unique treatment that is non-invasive, pain and stress-free Meibomian Gland & Dry Eye Treatment as well as treats styes and chalazion of the eyelids. 85% of patients who have received Light treatment report noticeable improvements after just 1 application. Patients with moderate to severe symptoms should undergo 2-3 LLLT treatments to ensure better, longer-lasting results. It’s quick and painless! Simply lay back with the Celluma LED device and relax as the warm light clears your glands. LLLT may also help decrease the appearance of facial wrinkles, acne and rosacea.

Low-Level Light Therapy (LLLT) Q & A

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.

How Does Light Therapy (LLLT) Work?

LLLT applies light to the face & periorbital area (the region surrounding your eyes, including the eyelids, eyebrows, and upper cheekbones) 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.

LLLT treats both the upper and lower eyelids simultaneously, and unlike other light treatments, it does not require a gel application. Based on your unique needs, the doctor will examine the severity of your condition and recommend either a single session or up to 3 sessions.

Does LLLT Hurt?

This is a painless procedure. It usually takes approximately 30 minutes to complete the application while you sit comfortably in a reclining chair. You can promptly resume your usual activities following the treatment.

Is LLLT Safe?

LLLT is a medical treatment that treats Meibomian Gland Dysfunction and Dry Eye Syndrome. It is a safe, non-invasive, non-surgical procedure. Low-level light therapy has been shown to effectively treat a wide variety of skin and musculoskeletal conditions. It is FDA-cleared for wrinkles and acne as well as arthritic pain, muscle and joint pain, and muscle and joint stiffness. In addition, it has clearances for muscle tissue tension and spasm, and is proven to decrease inflammation and increase microcirculation and can be used anywhere on the body.

After the LLLT Procedure

Once the LLLT procedure is complete, no recovery time is needed 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?

There are no particular side effects or contraindications to Low Level Light Therapy.

Ask us about how LLLT can treat your eye condition and enhance your quality of life. Dr. Paul Lovero, Dr. Nancy Lo & the caring and knowledgeable staff at Montrose Eye Care are always here to help patients experience the best vision care and treatment possible.