The Advanced Eyecare Centre is excited to now offer the iLux therapy for dry eye!
To understand how iLux works, you must first understand a bit more about the tears themselves. There are three main components that are crucial in forming the tear film that coats the cornea and keeps your eyes feeling moist and comfortable:
- Lipid Layer: Located on the outermost part of the tear film, the lipid (oil) layer stabilizes the tear film.
- Aqueous Layer: The Aqueous Layer is the largest portion of your tear film, responsible for supplying the moisture your eyes need to be comfortable.
- Mucin Layer: This innermost layer consists of proteins called mucins that coat the eye and allow the Aqueous Layer to “stick” to the otherwise water-repellent cornea.
When we experience eye dryness, we generally assume it is due to an Aqueous Layer Deficiency (ALD). An ALD occurs when our eyes do not produce enough of the watery component of tears. However, your dry eye symptoms are likely the sign of something more. 86% of dry eye sufferers have Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD). MGD is a condition where the glands that help keep your tear film oily get blocked:
This allows your tears to evaporate more easily, causing your eyes to dry out. MGD is a chronic condition that will worsen over time if not treated.
The good news is that MGD is manageable. iLux is an in-office treatment which unblocks the glands by applying gentle heat and pressure to the lids. This makes it easier for the glands to naturally release their oil. Studies have shown that the quantity of oil produced increases 3 times by week two and 4 times by week four post-treatment! This helps lock in your own tears, providing you dry eye relief that lasts.
Who is a candidate for iLux?
You should schedule a no charge Dry Eye Assessment if you have any of the following symptoms:
- Watery Eyes
Ask about iLux at your next eye examination.