In the past, the typical treatment recommended for meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) was applying warm compresses to the eyelids, followed by massaging the eyelids. The goal of this treatment was to melt and express any thickened oil clogging the openings of meibomian glands.
Depending on the severity of the condition, warm compresses and eyelid massage may not be sufficient in relieving MGD symptoms.
We are excited at Insight Optometry to introduce a brand new technology for the treatment of MGD. The iLux® is a new in-office treatment for MGD that uses an LED-based heat source to warm the inner and outer surface of the eyelids to melt waxy secretions trapped inside the meibomian glands.
Once sufficient heat has been applied to melt the secretions, your eye doctor will apply compression to the lids to express the clogged meibomian glands. Most patients can be treated in less than ten minutes.
Studies have shown that iLux treatment resulted in significant improvements in the signs and symptoms of MGD and dry eyes at two to four weeks after the treatment. Patients should continue daily warm compresses and eyelid massage after their iLux treatment.
Insight patient testimonial on iLux.
“My eyes are noticeably less dry – I used to carry my artificial tears around and use them hourly, as the dryness would constantly remind me to do. Some days now I forget about putting drops in because I’m not experiencing discomfort. I really appreciate you sharing this technology with me and I look forward to following up with Dr. Roach in the future.”