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Do you have dry eye? CEENTA has a new treatment that may be right for you.
What is iLux?
iLux is a new portable thermal pulsation system that treats dry eye by applying heat and pressure to the meibomian glands – the oil glands found on both upper and lower eyelids – which are the source of Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD). The meibomian glands are responsible for the oily, or topmost, layer of the tear film. The oily layer is critical to the tear film and helps prevent evaporation of tears. It takes about 10 minutes per eye, and most patients have the procedure done once or twice per year.
“Many patients with MGD apply warm compresses to their outer eyelids on a regular basis in an attempt to provide symptomatic relief of dry eye,” CEENTA Optometrist Sandra Nassar, OD, said. “The iLux improves function, and helps prevent loss, of the meibomian glands which will give you the best chance at symptomatic relief of dry eye in the future.”
What is dry eye?
Dry eye is when the eye is not able to produce enough tears or the appropriate quality of tears to keep their eyes healthy or comfortable.
Symptoms include uncomfortable eyes, scratchiness, stinging, sensitivity to light, a sensation of something in the eyes, stringy mucus in or around the eyes, eye redness, difficulty wearing contact lenses, difficulty with nighttime driving, eye fatigue, and blurry vision. Some people experience excess tearing because the eye releases a larger-than-usual volume of tears to combat the dryness, which overwhelm the tear drainage system. These excess tears then overflow from your eyes.
If left untreated, dry eye can lead to eye infections, damage to the surface of the eye - such as inflammation or abrasion - and difficulty performing everyday activities.
What is Meibomian Gland Dysfunction?
Over 30 million people in the US have dry eye, and 86 percent of those patients have Meibomian Gland Dysfunction, or MGD.
MGD is caused from a blockage or loss of the glands that make meibum. Meibum is an oil that, combined with water and mucus, create the tears that keep your eyes moist. The oil prevents the water from drying out or evaporating too quickly.
MGD is a common eye issue, but many people don’t realize they have it. Common causes include wearing contact lenses, high cholesterol, allergic conjunctivitis, bacterial infections, autoimmune diseases, and some medications. The older you are, the likelier you are to have MGD. Also, Asian people are three times more likely to have it than those of European ancestry.
How can I get iLux treatment?
iLux is available in CEENTA’s SouthPark office from Dr. Nassar and optometrist Nicole Rose, OD.
This blog is for informational purposes only. For specific medical questions, please consult your doctor. Would you like an appointment to see if iLux is right for you? Call 704-295-3000. You can also request an appointment online or through myCEENTAchart.
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