iLux: Novel Treatment for Dry Eye Disease & Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD)

Oct 28, 2018

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iLux: Novel Treatment for Dry Eye Disease & Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD)

What is Dry Eyes disease or Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD)?

There is a protective coating of tears that cover the surface of your eye. This tear film serves as a natural protective barrier, which is composed of three precious layers. If any of these tear film layers are insufficient, dry eye disease can occur. The lipid layer is the key to a healthy tear film as it covers the aqueous layer and protects it from evaporating. An insufficient lipid layer occurs when the meibomian glands are blocked.

This condition is called MGD (Meibomian Gland Dysfunction). Symptoms of both conditions may include, but not limited to: red eyes, itchy eyes, blurred vision, the feeling of having something in your eye, ect.

How does iLux work?

The iLux system allows Dr. Silani to provide safe, effective treatment using localized heat and compression therapy. Treatment is complete once cloudy or inspissated meibum is expressed or clear meibum appears on the lid margin. 

How often do I need to repeat the treatment?

Depending on the severity of blockage or damage to the oil glands, the treatment may be repeated multiple times. On average, the treatment is usually repeated 2-4 times per year. 

Is it painful?

The treatment is not painful but the patient may feel slight pressure.

How effective is the treatment?

85% of patients with signs and symptoms of dry eye disease have oil deficiency; therefore, treatment of the oil glands is advised for maximum relief.