Introducing Our New Dry Eye Treatment in Knoxville, TN!

Young male manager rubbing eyes due to having dry eye syndrome

Dry eye syndrome affects people of all ages, with a higher incidence among older adults, women, and those with certain medical conditions. It can significantly impact your quality of life, causing vision disturbances and difficulty with daily activities. We now offer dry eye treatment in Knoxville, TN, and Hardin Valley using OptilLIGHT from Lumenis to target the underlying causes of dry eyes, such as meibomian gland dysfunction.

Dry eye syndrome is caused by inadequate lubrication of the eyes, resulting in dryness, itching, burning, redness, light sensitivity, and blurred vision. We use OptiLIGHT therapy to manage dry eyes and provide long-lasting relief by offering personalized treatment plans. Treatment involves gentle light pulses to improve tear stability and may address skin issues. OptiLIGHT therapy provides convenience, safety, and efficacy in-office. 

Understanding Dry Eye Syndrome

Dry eye syndrome (DES) is a chronic condition where your eyes are unable to maintain proper lubrication. This results in discomfort and potential damage to the ocular surface. 

Symptoms include:

  • Persistent dryness 
  • Itching 
  • Burning sensation 
  • Redness 
  • Sensitivity to light 
  • Blurred vision 

Dry eye syndrome can have different causes, such as: 

  • Insufficient tear production 
  • Poor tear quality 
  • Environmental factors like dry air or wind 
  • Aging 
  • Hormonal changes 
  • Certain medications 
  • Underlying health conditions like autoimmune diseases 

Risk factors include: 

  • Prolonged screen time 
  • Wearing contact lenses 
  • Smoking 
  • Certain medical treatments

Promptly addressing dry eye symptoms is crucial to prevent complications such as corneal ulcers or vision loss. Treatment options may include artificial tears, prescription eye drops, and lifestyle changes. In severe cases, procedures to conserve tears or unblock tear ducts may be recommended. 

Here at Hardin Valley Eyecare & Optical, we’ve added the OptiLIGHT from Lumenis as our latest weapon against dry eyes. It provides safe, precise, and comfortable therapy to help you see more comfortably than ever before.

Introducing Lumenis OptiLIGHT

The Lumenis OptiLIGHT is a cutting-edge therapy for addressing dry eye symptoms. It uses IPL (intense pulsed light therapy) therapy to deliver intense pulses of light to the skin around the eyes. This targets the blood vessels responsible for inflammation and excess tear evaporation. This process stimulates the body’s natural healing response, reducing inflammation and improving tear film stability.

Compared to traditional treatments like artificial tears or prescription eye drops, OptiLIGHT offers several benefits. It provides long-lasting relief by addressing the root cause of dry eye, rather than just temporarily alleviating symptoms. Additionally, it’s non-invasive and typically well-tolerated, with minimal discomfort and downtime.

Clinical studies have demonstrated the efficacy of OptiLIGHT in improving dry eye symptoms. Many patients even experience significant relief after just a few sessions, reporting reduced dryness and irritation along with increased comfort. In this way, OptiLight from Lumenis is a promising alternative for those seeking lasting relief from dry eye syndrome.

The Role of Optometrists in Treating Dry EyeClose-up of female eye with red inflamed and dilated capillaries due to dry eyes.

Optometrists play a crucial role in diagnosing and managing dry eye syndrome. Their expertise lies in comprehensive eye examinations, allowing them to identify underlying causes such as meibomian gland dysfunction or ocular surface irregularities. Optometrists utilize various diagnostic tools, including tear film assessment and imaging techniques, to accurately diagnose dry eye.

In managing dry eye, optometrists like Dr. Travis Thompson and Dr. Catherine Abbott offer personalized treatment plans tailored to each patient’s needs. This may involve recommending lifestyle modifications, such as proper hydration and ergonomic adjustments, alongside prescribing artificial tears or lubricating ointments. Additionally, optometrists can provide guidance on nutritional supplements and advanced therapies like IPL or scleral contact lenses for severe cases.

Despite these advancements, traditional dry eye treatments like over-the-counter drops may offer temporary relief but often fail to address the underlying causes. Optometrists’ specialized training enables them to offer holistic approaches that target both symptom relief and long-term management, ultimately improving patients’ quality of life.

The Advantages of Offering OptiLIGHT in Our Practice

Offering the Lumenis OptiLIGHT in our office brings numerous advantages to our patients. You benefit from the convenience and accessibility of receiving IPL therapy directly at our Hardin Valley clinic, minimizing travel and saving time. This allows us to provide personalized care and expertise, ensuring tailored treatment plans for optimal results. 

What’s more, having IPL therapy administered by trained professionals addresses safety concerns effectively. We take proper precautions to safeguard patients’ eyes and surrounding tissues. By integrating OPTILIGHT into our optometric practice, we can enhance your experience, treatment effectiveness, and safety protocols.

What to Expect During and After Your Treatment

During your session, you can anticipate a non-invasive procedure that targets blocked Meibomian glands—a common cause of dry eye syndrome. The treatment involves gentle pulses of light applied to the eyelids, aiming to unclog glands and improve tear film stability. 

Patients may experience mild warmth or tingling sensations during the session. While some immediate relief may be felt, optimal outcomes usually require multiple sessions over a few weeks or months.

Common patient concerns may involve the: 

  • Duration of improvement 
  • Potential side effects 
  • Need for ongoing maintenance 

Addressing these include discussing the gradual improvement timeline, minimal risks, and the importance of follow-up care for sustained relief before beginning treatment.

Along with helping with dry eyes, treatment targets various skin issues such as sun damage, pigmentation irregularities, and vascular lesions. You may notice improvements in skin tone and texture throughout your scheduled treatments. Optimal results are typically achieved after a series of sessions spaced several weeks apart. 


Are you interested in OptiLIGHT for your chronically dry eyes in Knoxville, TN? Contact us today to schedule your appointment!



Insufficient lubrication of the eyes leads to dry eye syndrome, characterized by dryness, itching, burning, redness, sensitivity to light, and blurred vision. We employ OptiLIGHT therapy to effectively manage dry eyes, providing personalized treatment plans for enduring relief. This therapy utilizes gentle light pulses to enhance tear stability and may also address skin concerns. OptiLIGHT therapy ensures convenience, safety, and effectiveness within our office setting.

Hardin Valley Eyecare & Optical has been serving Knoxville since 2009. Located at 10904 Spring Bluff Way, you can schedule an appointment online or give us a call at (865) 888-0892.


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Dr. Thompson was born and raised in Knoxville, TN. His family has lived in the Hardin Valley area since 1998, and he graduated from Karns High School in 2004. Dr. Thompson runs Hardin Valley Eyecare & Optical alongside his wife, Dr. Catherine Abbott.

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