The presence of tears often indicates overwhelming sadness, intense happiness, or eyelashes merrily engaged in a water-gun fight. Provoke inter-eye combat with today's Groupon: for $650, you get a Toyos Optimum dry-eye treatment, performed over four sessions, at Benjamin Eye Care Center in La Grange (a $1,400 value).
Certified ophthalmologist Dr. Mark J. Benjamin uses Toyos Optimum intense-pulsed-light therapy to help alleviate swelling, redness, and pain caused by dry eyes. After determining whether a client is eligible for treatment, the doctor applies a cool gel onto faces to create a smooth, speed-bump-free path for a flash lamp. Concentrated energy emanating from the lamp travels into lower eyelids to seek out clogged Meibomian glands, the organs responsible for producing oils that prevent tears from evaporating. Like a talented diplomat, the light helps negotiate a treaty with inflamed blood vessels inside the glands, allowing the jammed oils to liquefy and return to their duty hydrating ocular residences. Sessions are spaced one month apart, giving eyes time to heal and practice new blinking rhythms.
5201 Willow Springs Rd.
La Grange, Illinois 60525