TearCare® is a new, FDA-approved treatment system that offers relief to those with Meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD), dry eyes, and blepharitis. We are excited to announce, Innovative Eye Care now has the TearCare® System as a dry eye treatment option for our patients.
Do your eyes not produce enough tears? Or, do your tears evaporate too quickly? If so, you likely have a form of a common condition known as dry eye disease. If you suffer from dry eyes, you are probably too familiar with the problems it can cause. These problems can range from discomfort and itchiness to blurry or fluctuating vision. While there are many different causes of dry eye disease, MGD is the leading cause of this condition. You can learn more about dry eye by visiting our dry eye clinic page.
Meibomian glands are oil glands that line the edge of your eyelids. These glands secrete the oil that coats the eyes, to prevent the tears from evaporating too quickly. Meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) is a common condition that occurs when the oil glands become blocked. The blockage prevents a normal flow of oil. The oil that does get through the glands can be gritty, poor in quality, and may cause irritation.
MGD often does not present symptoms in the earliest stages. As the condition progresses, it can cause dry eye symptoms and/or inflammation of the eyelid if left untreated. When MGD is left untreated, and the glands are constantly blocked, oil secretion becomes impossible. This can cause permanent damage and extreme discomfort. The risk of developing MGD increases with age, with most patients being among those age 40 and older. However, with increase of digital device use, Dr. Copeland is seeing younger and younger patients suffering from MGD.
Dr. Copeland determines if you are suffering from MGD through meibography, a unique form of imaging that allows your eye doctor to see, and take photos, below the surface of the eyelids. This provides not only a diagnosis but also a look at any structural damage that may have already occurred.
The TearCare® System provides targeted and adjustable thermal energy to the Meibomian glands. This energy is delivered by two software-controlled flexible devices placed on the upper and lower eyelids by our staff. The soft, flexible material conforms to your eye’s shape and does not cause discomfort. In fact, one of the major benefits is that your eyes stay open and you can blink throughout your dry eye treatment. The devices use thermal energy to loosen up blocked glands. Dr. Copeland then expresses the warmed glands to push out clogged oils. Removing the obstruction allows your Meibomian glands to better function and prevents permanent damage. TearCare® dry eye treatment is quick, painless, and non-invasive.
The typical MGD treatment methods tend to use devices that sit over both eyes during dry eye treatment. The TearCare® System, works with your eyes open and allows you to blink during treatment. This means a much more comfortable procedure for the vast majority of patients. Not only is the TearCare® System a more comfortable experience for many patients, the results are much quicker. TearCare® is proven to effectively prevent damage to your glands and provides long-lasting relief.