The TearCare system is a medical device designed for the treatment of meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD), a common condition that leads to evaporative dry eye. The office-based system delivers heat and pressure to the eyelids to improve the function of the meibomian glands, which are responsible for producing the oily layer of tears that prevents tear evaporation.
Here's a deep dive into the TearCare system:
How it works: The TearCare system consists of a console (SmartHub) and disposable eyelid devices (SmartLids) that are placed on the eyelids. The Smartlids gently heats the eyelids to a target therapeutic temperature to liquify the unhealthy meibum within the meibomian glands. Once the SmartLids are removed, the doctor will perform manual expression by applying controlled pressure to the eyelids to express the meibomian glands. The treatment typically takes about 20-30 minutes.
Benefits: The TearCare system has several benefits, including:
Improved meibomian gland function: The heat and pressure applied by the system help to improve the outflow of meibum, the oily substance produced by the meibomian glands. This can reduce evaporative dry eye and improve tear film stability.
Non-invasive: The TearCare system is a non-invasive treatment that does not require any incisions or injections.
Quick treatment time: The treatment typically takes only 20-30 minutes.
Minimal discomfort: The treatment is typically well-tolerated and patients experience minimal to no discomfort during the procedure.
Who is it for: The TearCare system is primarily used for the treatment of meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD), a common condition that leads to evaporative dry eye. MGD occurs when the meibomian glands become blocked or inflamed, which can reduce the production of the oily layer of tears. This can cause the tears to evaporate too quickly, leading to dry, irritated eyes. The TearCare system is also sometimes used to treat other conditions that affect the meibomian glands, such as blepharitis.
What to expect during treatment: During the TearCare treatment, the patient sits comfortably while the eye doctor places disposable SmartLids on each eyelid. The device delivers heat and pressure to the eyelids, which helps to express the meibomian glands. The treatment typically takes about 15 minutes for both eyes then it is followed by gentle manual expression.
Potential side effects: The TearCare system is generally well-tolerated and has few side effects. However, some patients may experience temporary redness or swelling of the eyelids after the treatment. These side effects usually resolve within a few hours to a few days.
Conclusion: The TearCare system is a non-invasive treatment for meibomian gland dysfunction that can improve the outflow of meibum and reduce evaporative dry eye. The treatment is quick, well-tolerated, and performed in-office. If you are experiencing dry eye symptoms or have been diagnosed with meibomian gland dysfunction, contact our office to schedule a consult to see if the TearCare system is right for you.
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