Do you do more than 2 hours of digital device use? If so, you could be damaging important glands in your lids that help keep our corneas healthy and contact lenses comfortable.

These glands are called meibomian glands are they are activated every time we blink. With our blink, the glands secrete the lipid layer of the tear film. This layer serves an important role to protect the corneal epithelium and helps give us consistent and clear vision. Unfortunately, our blink rate decreases with the sustained amount of device viewing and it can cause the oil in these glands to harden (think of a bottle of honey that has hardened).

Just like we go to the dentist to get our teeth cleaned we recommend removing these blockages to keep our glands healthy and functional. We are fortunate at Myoptic to have the most innovative technology in meibomian gland excavation with two procedures Lipiflow® and iLux®.

Lipiflow® and iLux® are designed to effectively remove blockages from the meibomian glands. This allows your body to refill glands with your own natural oil.

Lipiflow’s 12-minute procedure involves putting activators on the eye to protect the cornea during the treatment. Using what’s called Vector Thermal Pulsation technology, the activators send heat into the glands inside your lids. This combination of heat plus pressure massages any blockages and liquefies and clears the obstructions that are causing your symptoms.

iLux: This is a tailored treatment that allows direct visualization of meibomian gland openings and expressed oil throughout treatment via the magnifying lens. This handheld device allows the user to choose the location and duration of treatment.

Dr. Sagina O’Halloran

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