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iLux For Meibomian Gland Dysfunction

Girl with Dry Eyes holding her glasses and rubbing her eye in Fort Collins, Colorado

Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD) is a blockage or dysfunction of the meibomian glands in the upper or lower eyelids. The meibomian glands secrete oils onto the eye’s surface. These oils help to prevent tears from evaporating.

MGD is one cause of dry eye syndrome, as the blockage of these glands, stops the oil that protects the tears.

While warm compresses are typically recommended to treat dry eye, it is often not enough to relieve the MGD. Alcon has developed the iLUX MGD Treatment System, an in-office treatment, now available at Eyecare Associates in Fort Collins, CO

The optometrist uses a handheld LED heat source to warm the inner and outer eye used to melt away anything clogging the meibomian glands. The iLux is a relatively quick treatment that typically lasts less than 10 minutes.

Alcon was selected as a Gold Winner by the 2019 Medical Design Excellence Awards (MDEA) for its innovation with the iLux.

As of Tuesday evening, March 17th, the CDC has recommended that all routine eye care be deferred until further notice, in order to slow the transmission of COVID-19 through our community. We will follow their recommendations and close our office to regular eye exams until further notice.

Please be assured that we are still available to triage all urgent and emergent issues as well as help you with routine matters during this challenging time.

What does this mean?

1) If you are scheduled for an annual eye examination our office will contact you to reschedule
2) If you need to replace glasses or contact lenses and need an extension on your prescription, please contact us and we will assist you in obtaining some until you can come in for a visit.
3) If you are running out of medication please contact us and we can transmit a refill electronically to your pharmacy.
4) If you have an ocular emergency we are, as always, available to help you at any time. Call us at 970-221-4811.
5) If you have an issue that cannot wait for an office visit, contact us and we will schedule a FaceTime, Skype or telephone appointment with one of our doctors. Medicare has temporarily relaxed its telehealth rules to allow this type of communication during the pandemic crisis. Other insurers may follow suit and allow for reimbursement of virtual care costs. The consultation must be initiated at your request.
6) During this period of social distancing and quarantine, we must all do our part by restricting activities outside the home except for getting medical care. Do not go to work, school, or public areas. Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.
7) Please remember that 80% of COVID-19 cases are mild and resolve within a week. However, if you feel your symptoms are worsening, call ahead before visiting your doctor’s office or emergency department and tell them you have or may have COVID-19. This will help the office protect themselves and other patients.

The CDC has many wonderful resources. Arming yourself and your family with clear information will help you avoid undue stress.

We have asked our staff to stay home until further notice to protect them, our patients, our city, our nation, and our planet. Despite the financial and emotional hardships this will cause, we ask every one of you to do the same.

Together we will weather this storm.

With sincerest wishes for your continued good health, we remain at your service,

Eyecare Associates