MGD, or Meibomian Gland Dysfunction, is a common eye condition that affects the function of the meibomian glands, which are responsible for producing the oily layer of the tear film. This dysfunction can cause a number of uncomfortable symptoms, including dryness, redness, irritation, and blurred vision.
TearCare is a medical device designed to treat MGD by applying heat to the eyelids to liquefy the meibum in the meibomian glands, followed by a gentle massage to express the oil from the glands. The device uses a single-use eyelid straps with an embedded heating element (called smartlids), which are placed on the eyelids to deliver consistent and controlled heat. The device is designed to be used in a clinical setting under the supervision of a dry eye specialist.
TearCare has been shown to be an effective treatment for MGD, with studies demonstrating improvements in symptoms such as dry eye, meibomian gland function, and tear quality. It is a non-invasive and relatively comfortable treatment option that can provide relief for those suffering from MGD. However, as with any medical treatment, it is important to consult with a eye care professional to determine if TearCare is the right option for your specific condition and needs.
At Beverly Hills Optometry: Advanced Dry Eye Center, we proudly offer the TearCare System to treat our patients with MGD and dry eye disease. In 2020, Dr Kambiz (Kam) Silani was featured on the nationally recognized TV show, The Doctors. During this segment, Dr Silani spoke on the importance of dry eye and MGD as well as the role of TearCare. He also performed the procedure on a real patient in front of a live audience.