iLux is a promising solution for managing dry eye symptoms, specifically, for those who experience dry eye symptoms due to MGD. Dry eye syndrome is a chronic and progressive disease that occurs when our eyes don’t make enough (or quality) tears, to keep our eyes wet. The majority of individuals who suffer from dry eye syndrome have clinical signs of meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD). It can be tricky to detect meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) because less than half of those who suffer from MGD show symptoms. Many sufferers of MGD don’t even know they have it.iLux is a breakthrough in the eyecare industry that directly addresses the root cause of dry eye syndrome. In this blog post, we will delve into dry eye syndrome and meibomian gland dysfunction, explore the iLux technology, and discuss its potential benefits for those seeking relief from dry eye symptoms.
Approximately 344 million people worldwide suffer from dry eye syndrome. Dry eye syndrome, also known as keratoconjunctivitis sicca, can make the simple act of blinking extremely uncomfortable. Symptoms of dry eye include stinging, burning, redness, sensitivity to light, and blurred vision. There are several factors that can cause dry eye, including aging, hormonal changes, environmental conditions, and certain medications. On average, a person blinks about 15-20 times per minute. However, prolonged staring at screens, such as computers or smartphones, can cause our blink rate to drop significantly. This reduced blink rate has also been linked with exacerbating dry eye symptoms. There are many ways individuals seek relief, anywhere from artificial tears to altering their lifestyle.
To understand dry eye syndrome, it is important to first understand what the meibomian glands are, and the role they play in keeping our eyes happy and healthy. When you blink your eye, a protective layer called the tear film coats the outer surface of your eye. A crucial part of the tear film is called meibum. Meibum is an oil that helps prevent your tears from drying too fast. The meibomian glands are small oil glands found along the edges of your lower and upper eyelids. There are about 30 to 40 glands in each upper eyelid and between 20 and 30 in each lower eyelid. If these glands are not working, an individual’s tears will evaporate too quickly, leaving the eyes dry and irritated. This is where the iLux system comes into play.
The iLux system is a device designed to target discomfort associated with MGD and dry eye syndrome/ While other treatments may provide temporary relief, the iLux system targets the root cause of dry eye syndrome by targeting the meibomian glands.
iLux is a gentle and innovative solution for individuals battling dry eye syndrome. iLux uses localized heat therapy to warm the meibomian glands. This helps to soften the blocked glands and liquefies meibum, which allows improved production and distribution of tears in turn reducing dryness and irritation. In addition to localized heat therapy, the iLux device offers an expressive massage. These massages can release contents of the blocked gland, which facilitates the return of healthy tear production. Each patient is different and the iLux system is prepared for this. The iLux system allows the healthcare professional performing the treatment to adjust the temperature and pressure levels to meet a patient’s specific needs.
There are many benefits to using iLux to manage dry eye symptoms. Eye drops may provide temporary relief, but the iLux system targets meibomian glands which is the underlying cause of dry eye syndrome. Because of this, iLux provides longer-lasting and more effective relief. The iLux treatment is also minimally invasive and does not involve surgery of any kind. There is little to no discomfort during the treatment and there is no downtime afterwards. As previously mentioned, the iLux system is customizable which allows the treatment to provide optimal results regardless of each patient’s specific condition. A dry eye can significantly impact a person’s quality of life. Individuals who have been struggling with discomfort and irritation associated with dry eye can experience relief with the iLux system, which may improve their quality of life. With consistent treatments, iLux can restore the natural function of the meibomian glands.
The iLux system is a huge breakthrough for the management of dry eye syndrome. By addressing the root cause of dry eye with targeted heat therapy and expressive massage, the system offers minimally invasive treatment options for alleviating discomfort and improving eye health. If you are one of the 344 million people suffering from dry eye, the iLux system may be the solution you’ve been waiting for. Book your appointment with our knowledgeable eye care professionals at Eyecare of Union Square today to learn more about iLux!