Thermal Meibomian Gland Expression
Meibomian gland expression is a simple yet effective procedure performed in the office to improve the function of the Meibomian glands, which are responsible for producing the oily layer of the tear film. During the procedure, a gentle pressure is applied to the eyelids to express the thickened and obstructed secretions from the glands. By unclogging these glands, Meibomian gland expression helps to alleviate symptoms of dry eye syndrome and improve eye comfort and vision.
Follow-up is patient-specific, but usually patients will return anywhere between 3-6 months for the next expression.
Step 1: LOCALIZED HEAT
A specialized heat mask delivers localized heat at 3 different temperatures to your eyelids for 10-20 minutes.
Step 2: EYELID PREP
The next step is to sterilize the eyelid and eyelash area.
Step 3: GLAND EXPRESSION
Our doctor will instill an anesthesia drop in both eyes, then we will use a specialized tool to push excess meibum out of the meibomian glands. Your eyes may feel a bit sensitive for the next 1-2 days.