No, TearCare® does not hurt. When heat is applied to your lids, patients have described it as a spa-like experience. You will feel an almost immediate heat wave similar to you entering a hot tub. The smart lids will start at 41°C (105.8°F) and will increase 1°C (1.8°F) every 30 seconds until it reaches its [...]
Medications like Xiidra™, RESTATIS® or Cequa™ address the persistent inflammation component of the ocular surface and tear film but does not resolve your clogged meibomian glands or eyelid inflammation. For blepharitis (eyelid inflammation), a hypochlorous acid spray such as Avenova® is faster acting and more effective. Our eye doctor will determine when Xiidra™, RESTATIS® or [...]
A moist warm compress or heated eye mask functions with the same underlying principle as TearCare®: Heating the lids to liquify any clogged oil Clearing out obstructions in the meibomian glands Though they target the meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) root cause of dry eye and provide relief, they are less effective on both counts due [...]
Meibomian gland dysfunction, when left untreated, can have long-term health and lifestyle consequences: Inability to maintain stable and sharp vision, regardless of your prescription power or the quality of the lenses you purchased Constant watery eyes Contact lens intolerance (you can no longer wear contacts) Decrease in quality of life due to your inability to [...]
Studies have shown TearCare® can provide dry eye relief from meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) for 6 months to a year. Some patients who've tremendously enjoyed TearCare® have asked how often they can do it. Based on their individual needs, we can do another treatment every 3 months.
Normal functioning meibomian glands secrete clear oil. Clogged meibomian glands produce crusty, toothpaste-like or pus-looking meibum. https://youtu.be/qkQxrVo0xCo Clogged meibomian glands will make your eye easily sensitive to environmental factors such as wind, dust, air conditioning etc... Your vision won't be as crisp because the tear film is unstable, which does not allow the light [...]
There are currently only 4 treatment options available on the market that are based on the tried and true method of applying heat to the lids and expressing the meibomian glands: Lipiflow® from Johnson & Johnson Vision TearCare® from Sight Sciences iLux® from Alcon Thermoflo I and Thermoflow IIx dual from MiBo Medical Group Our [...]