DRY EYE SYNDROME OR MEIBOMIAN GLAND DYSFUNCTION (MGD)
Normal Eyelid (Meibomian) Glands:
Meibomian glands produce the oils needed for a healthy tear film.
Gland (Oil) Dropout:
Meibomian Gland Dysfunction occurs when glands become blocked. If left untreated, the glands may drop out entirely.
It's Time To Change Your Outlook On Dry Eye
There are roughly 30 million people in the United States and over 300 million worldwide who have been diagnosed with Dry Eye Syndrome. Most have learned to live with eye discomfort and have become dependent on eye drops or other treatment methods that only offer temporary relief. This has been due to a lack of understanding that the root cause of most Dry Eye (86%) is now known to be a chronic and progressive condition known as Meibomian Gland Dysfunction or MGD.
MGD occurs when there is a compromise to the function and/or structure of the meibomian glands in the eyelids that produce the protective oily layer of the tear film. These glands can become blocked over time and can no longer produce the oils needed for healthy tears. This blockage results in rapid evaporation of your tears and can lead to eye irritation, discomfort, and if not treated, gland dropout. Be sure to ask your doctor if you think you have Dry Eye.
A series of evaluations will be performed by the Optometrists at Eye Care Associates of Princeton to determine if you have MGD. This can include LipiView® tear film and gland imaging, and a full meibomian gland evaluation. Knowing what is causing your Dry Eye Syndrome will help our doctors determine the best treatment option for you.
New LipiFlow® Technology:
LipiFlow® activators are single-use sterile devices that safely and comfortably deliver automated therapeutic energies to the meibomian glands, while protecting the delicate structures of the patient's eyes.
Have Questions About Dry Eye Or MGD?
Ask the highly trained Optometrists at Eye
Care Associates of Princeton.
Call us at 609.520.1008
Eye Care Associates Of Princeton Has LipiFlow® Technology
To Help Treat The Root Cause Of MGD
While there are multiple choices available for treating MGD, LipiFlow® is the only FDA-cleared device for removing gland blockages and restoring gland function. Through advances in the application of Vectored Thermal Pulsation (VTPTM) technology, the LipiFlow® treatment utilizes a patented algorithm of heat applied to the inner eyelids and massage to remove the obstructions in your meibomian glands.
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