Quantum Light Treatment (aka The Q) for Dry Eye with Dr. Rolando Toyos
Dr. Rolando Toyos is a cataract, LASIK, and dry eye specialist, and he’s been treating dry eye disease for the past 25 years. At that time, there weren’t many people listening, and it’s taken a while for doctors to come around and realize that this is a huge issue faced by millions of people. With the advent of technology and online platforms in the past few years, dry eye disease has now come to the forefront. Patients no longer have to suffer in silence and can actually find answers and effective treatment for their ocular issues.
Dry eye disease is its own subspecialty, and doctors need to really dive in and treat multiple patients before really getting a grasp of how to properly treat these patients. That being said, Dr. Toyos is an expert in all things dry eye, and in this interview you’ll learn about what light technology can do for you.
What is the Q?
A few years ago, Dr. Toyos was running an aesthetics clinic within his ophthalmology practice. Alongside Botox and other facial treatments, they were using intense pulsed light (IPL). He began treating patients who had rosacea with IPL, and he noticed that their eyelid margins and symptoms of dry eye began to improve. As with anything else, he went down the rabbit hole of light therapy and found that none of it was being applied to eye care at the time.
He began looking at LED and low level light treatment, combining them with IPL. What he found was that light can stimulate mitochondrial cells to work more effectively, via a process called photobiomodulation. He began to explore the options for home treatment, knowing that patients couldn’t take the intensity of IPL home with them, and this is when he began using LED as a home light treatment. Where IPL uses 10-16 joules of energy, LED uses 1-3 joules and is much gentler on the patient. The wavelengths of light are also different in these two procedures, making his new technology safe for home use.
The goal of this device is similar to IPL, but it uses different wavelengths of light and different energy levels. By using the device at home, you can use this light device to penetrate the skin of the eyelid, stimulating the meibomian glands to continue functioning. The benefits are threefold; this device kills bacteria on the eyelid margins (great for blepharitis), stimulates the meibomian glands to work properly, and acts as a very effective warm compress.
To use The Quantum device, it is best to use it for six minutes on the central part of your lower eyelid, two extra minutes on the outer portion of the lower lids, and then repeat that process with your eyes closed for the upper eyelids. Studies show that doing this twice per week will stimulate the meibomian glands to work much better.
The Quantum (The Q) is now patented for the use of low level light treatment of meibomian gland dysfunction and dry eye and has been perfected over the years to now be something that his patients can easily use and benefit from. The Q has now been around for seven years as a medical grade low level light treatment.
How Does One Determine Suitability for The Q?
If you have MGD, The Q is an amazing tool. In addition to this, even those with aqueous deficiency might benefit because the lacrimal gland can also benefit from these ranges of light. Along with IPL, The Q can be helpful for those with rosacea who are experiencing inflamed eyelid margins and skin in general. This device comes in either blue light, which works to decrease bacteria (beneficial for blepharitis and even demodex) or red light, which works well for those with MGD. In the future, The Q may have the ability to have both red and blue light functioning.
For more information on The Q, check out this videoto learn more. To see Dr. Toyos in his clinic, visit his websiteor give them a call at 888-315-3937. If you have specific questions for Dr. Toyos, you can email him at email@example.com. If you're an eye doctor interested in treating dry eye, he encourages you to slow down during evaluations. Take a look at the patient’s face in addition to their eyes. Talk to the patient and ask smart questions, because they will tell you exactly what’s wrong.
About Dr. Toyos
Rolando Toyos, M.D. received his Bachelors and Masters degrees from The University of California, Berkeley and Stanford University, where he was a straight A student. Before beginning medical school, Dr. Toyos worked as a high school teacher and basketball coach. He won the National Teaching Award from Columbia University for his science curriculum development and his work with at-risk children. He then received his medical degree at the University of Illinois where he was Class President, graduating with James Scholar Academic Honors and received a community service award for helping Chicago City Public Schools develop a pre-med program for students interested in medicine. He completed his internship in Internal Medicine at Illinois Masonic Hospital in Chicago. He completed his Ophthalmology residency at Northwestern University and Chicago Children's Hospital. Dr. Toyos spent one year performing LASIK at the Eye Institute in Beverly Hills.
Dr. Toyos is Board Certified in Ophthalmology and specializes in Cataract Surgery, LASIK, Glaucoma, and Dry Eye. He is one of the most experienced surgeons in the country, completing over 35,000 cataract surgeries, 20,000 glaucoma laser treatments and 25,000 LASIK surgeries. Dr. Toyos is the inventor of the procedure Intense Pulse Light (IPL) for Dry Eye Disease. He has trained hundreds of surgeons both nationally and internationally on surgical techniques, medications and new technologies. He has authored several papers and books. One book for medical students was a bestseller on college campuses for several years. His newest book Dry Eye Disease Treatment in the Year 2020 has received praise from patients and doctors internationally.
Dr. Toyos is involved in the community. He won The Humanitarian Award by the Jazz Foundation of America for providing free surgical care to the displaced victims of Hurricane Katrina. He recently won the Leadership Award from the National Hispanic Professional Organization. Hispanic Center of Excellence presented him with the Mentorship Award for his work with Medical Students. He volunteers his time to Eye Care America, a national program that provides eye care to the poor. The clinic has completed mission trips to Nicaragua, Honduras, Columbia and Haiti. He has been a board member of Ballet Memphis and the Memphis Rock & Soul Museum. He has won several community awards such as CEO of the Year Inside Memphis Business, CEO of the Year by Nashville Hispanic Chamber, The Memphis Business Journal's Top 40 Under 40, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's Memphis Finest, and Memphis Magazine's Who's Who.
Toyos Clinic has been recognized as one the fastest growing companies in the United States by Inc. Magazine. For fun, Dr. Toyos loves spending time with his wife and practice partner, Dr. Melissa Toyos, and their three girls.