We are excited to be the first practice in the St. Louis area to offer the iLux Dry Eye Treatment System.
The iLux treats meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD), the leading cause of dry eye disease. Patients with MGD are unable to properly produce and sustain the vital lipid layer of the tear film, resulting in variable blurred vision, eye strain, irritation and tearing. This occurs when the oil-producing meibomian glands in the eyelids quit working properly, resulting in solidified and unhealthy oils being released onto the surface of the eye. The most common cause of MGD is extended near work (i.e. computer, tablet, smartphone).
The iLux device targets the oil-producing meibomian glands in the eyelids. It uses heat and compression to unblock the glands and clear thickened and unhealthy meibum, allowing the production of clear and healthy secretions that stabilize the tear film and result in improved vision and comfort.
The treatment takes about 10-15 minutes and can be done in the exam chair. It is not covered by insurance and costs $335 total for both eyes. Results can last up to a year but some find it beneficial to repeat 6 months after the initial treatment. Some patients notice symptom improvement immediately, but improvement can continue for up to 4 weeks as the new oils refill the glands.
Please see the FDA study results and information video below and feel free to call us with any questions.
Andrew Biondo, O.D., is the Primary Medical Director at Kirkwood Eye Associates in Kirkwood, MO. Serving the greater St. Louis area, Dr. Biondo has 8 years of experience as an eye care provider, health educator & consultant to the specialty contact lens industry. His special interests include contact lenses, dry eye disease, glaucoma, macular degeneration, laser eye surgery & preventive vision care.