Dry Eye. Some of the symptoms are obvious, like scratchiness and irritation. Some less so, like fluctuating vision and eye watering. One of the major causes of dryness is an inadequate oil layer of your tears. Healthy tear film’s outer layer is made up of oil, which prevents the tears from evaporating too quickly and leaving behind a dry eye. This oil is produced by glands in your eyelids called meibomian glands that can become clogged – this is known as meibomian gland dysfunction or MGD. To most effectively treat dry eye these meibomian glands need to be functioning properly; this is where iLux comes in.
This in office treatment applies a gentle heat and pulsation to the eyelids.This 8-12 minute treatment works to unblock the meibomian glands making it easier for the meibum to be released naturally. Studies show just one iLux treatment can increase meibomian gland function by 400% and reduce patient’s symptoms of dryness for 6-8 months.
If you’re still on the fence as to whether the iLux treatment would be right for you, take this dry eye quiz. A score of 7 or more indicates moderate dryness.
Schedule your visit today to discuss iLux and other dry eye treatments with the doctors at Columbia Eye Consultants Optometry.