The Meibomian is a particular type of gland in the eyelids. The Meibomian glands are named after a German doctor called Heinrich Meibom. Heinrich Meibom was a German doctor who first described and made drawings of the Meibomian glands in the year 1666. The human upper eyelid contains about 25 to 40 meibomian glands while the lower eyelid contains about 20 to 30. These glands help to secrete oils onto the surface of the eyes. They help to keep tears from evaporating too quickly. Meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD), also known as meibomianitis, is the blockage or some other abnormality of the meibomian glands that obstructs them from secreting enough oil into the tears. Because of the blockage of the meibomian glands that obstructs them from secreting enough oil into the tears, the tear film on the surface of the eye evaporates too quickly. Therefore, Meibomian gland dysfunction is associated with dry eye syndrome. It is also linked to an eyelid problem known as blepharitis. Previously in the past, a Mississauga optometrist would have to squeeze the eyelids to clear blockages in the Meibomian gland. This treatment method is sometimes very painful and not very effective. Fortunately, a new treatment method called the LipiFlow Thermal Pulsation System treats Meibomian gland dysfunction.
LipiFlow Thermal Pulsation System is a treatment device specially designed for the effective removal of blockages from the meibomian glands. This allows them to function properly and produce the oils that make up the top protective lipid layer of the tear film. This is achieved by massaging the inner and outer eyelids. LipiFlow is regarded as the standard care for Meibomian gland dysfunction all over the world. It is designed to minimize discomfort during the treatment procedure.
Everyone can have Meibomian gland disorder but some people possess more risk of having it. People who wear contact lenses, ethnicity, and postmenopausal women are at a higher risk of having MGD. A low blink rate also increases your chances of having MGD. This is why heavy electronic users are at high risk of having MGD. Some known medical conditions that cause MGD include:
LipiFlow dry eye treatment involves the use of a LipiFlow thermal pulsation system. LipiFlow activators are sterile devices used to channel therapeutic energies to the Meibomian gland. They protect the delicate structure of the patient’s eye while at work. The activators are placed over and under the eyelids while avoiding contact with the eye surface. The activator delivers heat and gentle pressure to the inner eyelid while performing a simultaneous therapeutic motion on the outer eyelid. The treatment lasts for about twelve minutes and the normal meibomian gland function recovers. Maximum results are usually seen by six to eight weeks after treatment.
Before getting a LipiFlow treatment in Mississauga, ON, your optometrist will perform a series of diagnostic tests. This is to evaluate your gland performance and how healthy your gland secretions are.
The following are things you are to avoid before a LipiFlow Treatment.
After a LipiFlow treatment, you can return to your normal activities for most of it. Your contact lenses can be used immediately after treatment. However, lubricating eye drops should be used every two hours for the first week after a LipiFlow treatment.