Blephasteam Dry eye Treatment
Dry eye is a common problem, particularly as we get older. Traditionally the only treatment option available has been lubricant eye drops. We now have a new treatment available at our practice, Blephasteam goggles. Using heat and moisture through thermal goggles, the Blephasteam goggles warm the oil in our lids to the temperature needed to liquefy and unblock glands.
There are many different causes of dry eye, including age, medications, environmental factors such as heating and air conditioning, poor aqueous production and most commonly poor oil production from the meibomian glands. The meibomian glands produce an oil which forms the top surface of the tear film to stop the tears from evaporating too quickly. When the glands are blocked little to no oil is produced causing the eyes to dry out which can lead to irritation, stinging, watery eyes and redness in the eyes. Heat therapy loosens the critical oils required to improve the quality of tears and slow tear evaporation.
Blephasteam goggles are more effective than hot compresses because they can heat the oil glands to an appropriate temperature for a longer period of time than hot compresses allow. After approximately 15 minutes wearing the Blephasteam goggles manual expression of the glands is also needed to unblock the glands fully, gentle squeezing provides enough pressure to unblock the glands.
Between 1 and 3 sessions with the Blephasteam goggles are often enough to maintain comfort for many months. We also have a new take-home version of our heat goggles called Tranquileyes, which come with two types of heat packs. Tranquileyes relieves the symptoms of chronic dry eye in the comfort of your own home while also maintaining your meibomian glands.
This treatment can also be combined with the new Blephex eyelid cleaning procedure, to remove any additional blepharitis which could be contributing to your dry eyes.
Head on over to our Dry Eye page for more information about how to improve the comfort of your eyes.