The TearCare® system is a wearable technology that safely applies thermal energy to the meibomian glands of the eyelids to loosen blockages and stimulate proper function. Unblocking these glands can help restore their function and stabilize the tear film, resulting in an improvement in dry eye symptoms, less discomfort, and an overall improved quality of life.
Patients will have the TearCare® device fitted on their eyes, and 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, and the SmartLidTM 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. Often, a corticosteroid drop and oral anti-inflammatory are prescribed following the procedure. This helps to control inflammation and keep dry eye symptoms at bay. Patients typically experience improvement after one session, and treatment every one to two years is recommended.