More than 100 million people worldwide experience the uncomfortable, inconvenient symptoms of dry eye disease. Red, irritated or itchy eyes, blurry vision and the sensation that something is stuck in your eyes can interfere with your work, hobbies and time with family and friends.
Always at the forefront of innovative technology, Laser Eye Center is pleased to offer real, lasting relief from dry eye disease, using the iLux system. Instead of simply treating the symptoms of dry eye disease, the revolutionary technology addresses the root cause of the problem, offering true freedom from dry eye related discomfort and inconvenience.
What Causes Dry Eye Disease?
Most cases of dry eye are caused by a problem with the meibomian glands in the upper and lower eyelids. These glands are responsible for producing oils that prevent the tears on the surface of the eyes from evaporating too quickly.
With meibomian gland dysfunction, the glands do not produce enough of these oils, so the tears evaporate prematurely. The affected glands become inflamed and the oils (called meibum) thicken, restricting or blocking the gland secretions. Over time, these glands may permanently die if not treated.
Dry eye is a chronic and progressive disease; without treatment intervention, the symptoms will continue to worsen. In the case of meibomian gland dysfunction, when the glands no longer function properly, they can eventually atrophy and die.
Luckily, Laser Eye Center has a safe and effective solution to dry eye: the iLux system. It’s based on proven methodologies, fast and fits in the palm of our hands. In other words, it’s a small device with big results!
How Does iLux Work?
iLux uses targeted heating and compression to restore dysfunctional meibomian glands to their optimal health.
First, we direct therapeutic heating at the glands to safely melt thickened meibum blocking the orifices; then, we use gentle compression to clear the blocked glands.
The in-office process is very short, lasting only about eight minutes, and it can provide symptom relief for six to eight months. There are no concerns about pain or discomfort; our patients have compared the sensations experienced during treatment to a “warm eye massage.”
If you have dry eye disease, think of iLux like a deep cleaning for your teeth. Just as you see your dentist twice a year for a deep cleaning to keep your mouth healthy and disease-free, iLux keeps your meibomian glands functioning optimally to stave off dry eye disease and its uncomfortable symptoms.