Millions of people suffer from the symptoms of chronic dry eye disease. Some common symptoms of chronic dry eye disease include:
- A sensation of dryness or grittiness in the eyes.
- Red or bloodshot eyes.
- The eyes may itch or feel scratchy.
- A sensation of burning or stinging in the eyes.
- Vision may become blurred or hazy.
- Sensitivity to light.
- The eyes may feel tired or fatigued, especially after prolonged periods of reading, watching TV, or using a computer.
- Some people with dry eye disease may experience excessive tearing because of irritation.
At Southern Eye Centers, our eye doctors have the expertise and technology to diagnose and treat chronic dry eye disease, leading to good outcomes for patients. One of the treatments we provide is the MiBo Thermoflo for chronic dry eye disease due to meibomian gland dysfunction.
What is meibomian gland dysfunction?
Meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) is a common condition where the meibomian glands in the eyelids become blocked, inflamed, or produce an abnormal type of oil. These glands are responsible for producing the oily layer of the tear film that helps prevent evaporation of the tear film, and when they are not functioning properly, it can lead to dry eye disease.
Some common causes of MGD include aging, hormonal changes, contact lens wear, certain medications, and certain skin conditions such as rosacea. Symptoms of MGD can include dryness, burning, itching, redness, and blurred vision.
What is MiBo Thermoflo?
The MiBo Thermoflo is a therapeutic medical device providing a safe and effective alternative therapy for dry eyes. It uses a proprietary thermoelectric heat pump to help maximize liquefaction of meibum, thus improving the preservation and function of the evaporative component of the tear film.
- The MiBo Thermoflo supplies continuous controlled heat that is applied to the outer skin of the eyelids along with ultrasound gel for a gentle massage. The heat is absorbed deep into the tissue and breaks down the hardened lipids in the meibomian glands.
- With a specific prescribed therapy regimen, the ducts of the meibomian glands will secrete thinner and clearer lipids which will allow for a healthier tear film.
For best results, it’s recommended doing 3 treatments 2 weeks apart. Most people can go 12 months before requiring additional treatments but some request frequent treatments for comfort due to daily eyestrain.