Overview: MGD Thermal Therapy
As we age, important natural oils in our eyelid glands start to harden, which causes the glands to atrophy and die. For many patients, this can cause our eyes and eyelids to become chronically dry, red, irritated, and watery over time. To counter this normal process, regular heat treatment of the eyelids keeps the oils healthy and the glands open. We recommend at home treatment with daily warm compress application to the eyelids at home along with an in-office deeper clean with the eyeXpress heat mask in our office every 6-12 months. It is similar to how we brush our teeth every day and then go to the dentist 1-2 times a year for a deeper clean. Not only does the treatment promote the long-term health of the eyes, it is also incredibly soothing.
A patented goggle system is placed over the eyes which provides controlled, targeted, and gentle heat over the entire surface of the upper and lower eyelids. The treatment usually takes about 15-20 minutes. The eyeXpress is a Class 1, FDA cleared device.