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Over 85% of chronic dry eye disease is caused by Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD). Meibomian glands are found in your upper and lower eyelids and secrete meibum, or oils, that create a protective film over your tears. Patients with MGD do not properly produce enough meibum, breaking down the protective tear film and allowing for tears to evaporate. As the affected glands become increasingly inflamed, the normally oily secretions become thick like butter, restricting gland secretion. In many patients, glands affected by MGD can atrophy, leading to permanent gland death. It is important to identify and treat this disease early.

Healthy meibum
Thick meibum
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Blocked Meibomian Glands.jpeg

iLux thermal treatment is a safe and effective treatment for MGD. It uses a combination of heat and pressure to unblock the meibomian glands and improve tear film quality.

How does iLux thermal treatment work?

The iLux device is a handheld device that is used to apply gentle heat and pressure to the eyelids. The heat helps to melt the thickened oil in the meibomian glands, while the pressure helps to express the oil from the glands.

What are the benefits of iLux thermal treatment?

iLux thermal treatment offers a number of benefits for people with MGD, including:

  • Reduced dry eye symptoms, such as burning, itching, and redness

  • Improved tear film quality

  • Improved meibomian gland function

  • Potential for long-lasting results


Who is a good candidate for iLux thermal treatment?

iLux thermal treatment is a good option for people with all types of dry eye, including evaporative dry eye and aqueous tear deficient dry eye. It is also a good option for people who have not had success with other dry eye treatments.


What to expect during an iLux thermal treatment

An iLux thermal treatment typically takes about 30 minutes. During the treatment, you will lie on your back with your eyes closed. The eye doctor will place the iLux device on your eyelids and apply gentle heat and pressure. You may feel a slight warming sensation, but the treatment is typically pain-free. Our doctors combine multiple modalities to customize the treatment plan based on your gland function. 

After an iLux thermal treatment

After an iLux thermal treatment, your eyes may be slightly red and irritated. This should resolve within a few hours. You can return to your normal activities immediately after your treatment.

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