What are Meibomian glands and their functions?
First, we need to understand what our Meibomian glands do for us. They are located at the rim of our upper and lower eyelids, producing lipids (known as meibum) to lubricate and prevent evaporation of our tears.
Our tear film consists of 3 layers - mucin, aqueous and lipid.
The lipid layer is essential in providing a smooth tear film surface which improves tear quality and symptoms.
What is Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD)?
DID YOU KNOW? — Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD) has been found to cause 45-65% of dry eyes symptoms. It is also the most common cause of dry eye disease (DED), but yet, usually left undiagnosed!
MGD happens when Meibomian glands do not secret sufficient meibum to lubricate our tear film, or hypersecretion of meibum occurs. Hypersecretion happens during infrequent blinking while using digital devices or reading. Infrequent blinking causes less lubrication across the eyes, thus stimulating Meibomian glands to produce excessive meibum, resulting in blockage of glands overtime.
How does E-Eye treat MGD?
E-Eye does not directly affect the Meibomian glands. The nerves innervating the Meibomian glands are located on our cheeks, therefore E-Eye will be applied 5 times on each side of your cheeks.
E-Eye uses patented Intense Regulated Pulse Light (IRPL) which are adjusted to stimulate our nerves and unblock the Meibomian glands to return to their normal functions.
When should treatment sessions be done to achieve optimal results?
To see good results and achieve high success, 3 treatments are needed. 86% of patients do get better!
Treatment sessions should be done on:
- Day 1
- Day 15 (2 weeks after)
- Day 45 (1 month after)
In some severe cases, a 4th treatment might be required (Day 75).
Why choose E-Eye?
- No pain
- No redness
- It is not a surgery
- Done in clinic
- No down time, you can resume work and social activities immediately after treatment!
Find out more on other treatment methods here.