What is TearCare®?
TearCare® is one alternative for dry eye patients who have dryness as a result of Meibomian Gland Disorder (MGD). MGD is blockage or some form of dysfunction of the meibomian glands. The Meibomian glands are located along the rims of the eyelid. They produce meibum, an oily substance that prevents evaporation of the eye's tear film. TearCare® works by applying localized heat and manual manipulation to the eyelids. The heat will loosen up the blocked glands and allow the doctor to express them.
TearCare® is a software-controlled, wearable eyelid technology that provides targeted and adjustable thermal energy to the meibomian glands. TearCare® is unique because it provides patients a personalized open-eye experience.
TearCare can be done alone or in combination with IPL Photofacial for patients experiencing dry eye.
What can I Expect During a TearCare® Treatment?
Patients undergoing TearCare® will have the device fitted on their eyelids. Its flexible design allows it to form around each unique eye shape. The single-use eyelid devices apply low levels of heat to loosen any blockages, turning the wax-like substance that is blocking the glands into an oily substance. During the procedure, patients can blink normally.
As the patient blinks, SmartLid™ technology works to encourage natural meibum expression as the meibum softens. A doctor will then manually express the glands, removing the meibum and clearing the glands.
The total treatment can be done during a normal office visit.
Patients experience improvement after one session. Repeat treatments every one to two years is recommended.
Oftentimes, a corticosteroid is prescribed following the procedure. This helps to control inflammation and keep dry eye symptoms at bay.
Is the TearCare® Treatment Painful?
No, most patients find the procedure comfortable as they are able to keep their eyes open and blink normally. It only takes about 15 minutes total.
Am I a Candidate for TearCare® Treatment?
Candidates for the TearCare® System are adults who have evaporative dry eye disease due to meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) and are at least 22 years old.
Contact lenses must be removed prior to the procedure, and they should not be put back in until after at least one hour.
If you believe that you are experiencing dry eye and would like to learn more, please contact a Retuva professional or at optometry team at Family Focus Eyecare.