Do you suffer from dry eye? Do your eyes ever burn or feel gritty? Have eye dryness, irritation, soreness, or tears running down your cheeks ever disrupted your day? You may have Meibomian Gland Dysfunction, or MGD, a type of dry eye. Heffington’s is proud to be the first eye clinic in the Springfield area to offer iLUX2®, an innovative system for treating MGD. We want to help you find a solution for your dry eyes.
What Are Heffington’s Dry Eye Solutions?
Dry eye treatment doesn’t need to be complicated. A tear assessment test must be done to determine a plan of action. Most insurance plans will cover this under a comprehensive exam.
One part of this exam is the Tear Break-Up Time (TBT) clinical test, which assesses how much oil is in your tear film. If it’s low, you will be a candidate for Heffington’s Dry Eye Lid Cleanse and Light Therapy.
Our dry eye treatment uses advanced technology to alleviate dry eye symptoms in patients with MGD. Over 30 million people in the United States suffer from dry eye, and 86 percent of those people have MGD.
What Is MGD?
Every time you blink, a thin and protective layer of moisture called tear film coats the surface of your eye. One important component of the tear film is an oily substance called meibum, which is produced by the meibomian glands. Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD) occurs when the meibomian glands become blocked or produce poor-quality meibum. This can lead to excessive evaporation of the tear film and cause dry eye symptoms.
If you’re suffering from MGD, you may experience symptoms like the following:
- Dry eyes
- Gritty eyes
- Burning eyes
- Watery eyes
- Tired or sore eyes
- Eye irritation
- Vision fluctuation
These symptoms can be incredibly frustrating and have a profound impact on your day-to-day life. If you’re tired of dealing with dry, irritated eyes, we can help.
We have been looking for a fix for this for a long time. Pills, masks, and eye drops alleviate the symptoms but don’t address the root of the problem. With our Lid Cleanse and Light Therapy treatments, we have seen Tear Break-Up Time double and even triple, giving patients real relief.
How Does iLUX2® Work?
To treat MGD, iLUX2® addresses the root of the problem: the blocked glands. The in-office procedure requires two simple steps:
- Advanced Imaging: First, using the portable, handheld iLUX2® device, one of our eye doctors will conduct high-quality imaging so that we can visualize your meibomian glands and evaluate the areas of concern.
- Gentle and Noninvasive Treatment: Next, we will use BlephEx to clean the surface of your eyelids, one of the few parts of the body that doesn’t get washed. Then, your eye doctor will administer iLux2®, which therapeutically warms and expresses the eyelid. This unblocks the meibomian glands and encourages the healthy production of meibum. The quality of your tear film will quickly improve, eliminating your dry eye symptoms.
The entire procedure takes about 45 minutes and gives most patients a full year of relief.
Am I a Good Candidate for Heffington’s Dry Eye Solutions?
Do you suffer from symptoms of dry eye? Have you been diagnosed with MGD? Do you often use artificial tears? We can help! Contact Heffington’s today.
Please note that this dry eye treatment is designed only for adults with MGD and that it heats and compresses glands in the eyelids. Potential side effects may include eyelid/eye pain requiring stopping the treatment procedure, eyelid/eye irritation or inflammation, temporary reddening of the skin, and other eye symptoms (burning, stinging, tearing, itching, discharge, redness, feeling like there is something in the eye, changes in your vision, sensitivity to light). Ask us for a complete list of safety information for the iLUX2 Device.