Dry Eye and Meibomian Gland Dysfunction Treatments

Dry Eye and Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD) Treatment Options

There are many treatments for Dry Eye Symptoms (e.g. such as non-prescription eye drops and warm compresses); however, most only provide short-term symptom relief. For the small percentage of patients who suffer from reduced tear production due to inflammation, there are types of prescription eye drops that can be used such as Restasis. For the treatment of both the signs and symptoms of dry eye disease products such as Xiidra can be used. Other short-term symptom alleviating treatments range from natural supplements, to implants that control tear output, to a new method of stimulating tear production by stimulating the inside of the nose using a device called TrueTear. Most of the symptomatic treatment remedies and medications focused on tear replacement or reduction of inflammation do not address the root cause of Dry Eye. None directly treat Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD), the leading cause of dry eye symptoms.

Treating The Symptoms

Eye Drops

Administering Eye Drops for Dry Eye TreatmentOcular Lubricants, both over-the-counter and prescription, are used to provide temporary relief of Dry Eye symptoms by adding fluid to the eye.

Gland Expression

Gland ExpressionClearing the Meibomian glands of the waxy deposits allows for the Meibomian glands to begin working.

Punctal Plugs

Punctum Plug Treatment for Dry EyePunctal Plugs are inserted into the tear ducts with a goal of holding the tears on the eye.

Hot Compresses

Compress for Dry Eye TreatmentWarm/hot compresses heat the eyelids from the front surface to provide temporary, short-term symptom relief.

Eyelid Maintenance Products

Products to relieve Dry Eye symptomsEyelid scrubs remove debris from the eyelashes and the lid margin.

Omega – 3 Fish Oils

Fish Oil for Dry Eye ReliefOmega-3 oils have been known to suppress inflammation or irritation in some patients with Dry Eye.

Treating the Root Cause of Dry Eye

LipiFlow provides a precise application of simultaneous heat and massage to the inner and outer eyelids. This has proven to be an effective means for clearing Meibomian gland blockages. The treatment takes only 12 minutes and can be performed in a single office visit.

This is good news for the overwhelming majority of patients who suffer from Dry Eye symptoms caused by Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD). Over time after treatment, the Meibomian glands may become blocked again due to infrequent blinking from modern lifestyles; thus, the oil in the glands tends to thicken and impedes proper oil production. If this occurs, repeat treatments may be required over the long-term.

If you suffer from Dry Eye symptoms, ask your eye care professional to check for MGD and find out more about treatment with LipiFlow.

LipiFlow — FDA Cleared and Proven Effective for Treating Meibomian Gland Dysfunction

LipiFlow uses vectored thermal pulsating eyepieces known as Activators. LipiFlow Activators are precisely designed to provide necessary inner and outer lid contact, to properly apply heat and massage and clear the Meibomian glands.

The entire treatment takes approximately 12 minutes and on average causes minimal discomfort. The clinical science behindMeibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD) as the primary cause of dry eye and its effective treatment with LipiFlow is supported by scientific research. Removal of the gland blockages is essential to improve gland function and reduce the progression of MGD.

LipiFlow is a 12 minute treatment that is the only FDA cleared treatment using thermal pulsating heat to remove blockages in the Meibomian glands.

The most common cause of Dry Eye symptoms is Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD), a condition that results from blocked oil producing glands in our eyelids. When MGD is present, it must be treated to ensure proper, consistent function of the Meibmomian glands, largely responsible for maintaining a healthy tear film, the protective coating on our eye. If MGD is left untreated and the blocked glands stop functioning, the glands can deteriorate and irrecoverable damage is possible.