What is TearCare?
TearCare is a revolutionary new product to treat patients with evaporative dry eye disease due to meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD). TearCare uses localized heat therapy to express the meibomian glands, which can help unblock them and restore their natural function while stabilizing the tear film.
At Visionary Eye Doctors, many members of our team are well-versed in using TearCare, including Dr. Cremers, MD, who is an experienced researcher and clinician in dry eye treatment. Our opticians are also experienced in using TearCare to treat their dry eye patients, including Babak Hosseini, OD, Maliha Saeed, OD, Samuel Chado, OD, and Alexa Pereira, OD.
How Does TearCare Work?
TearCare works by applying gentle heat to the eyelids to remove any blockages in the meibomian glands associated with meibomian gland dysfunction. The dry eye treatment uses targeted and adjustable thermal energy to improve the function of the meibomian glands.
TearCare is different from other treatments because it’s a personalized open-eye experience. Unlike other dry eye treatment methods, your eyes will stay open and blinking while you undergo your TearCare treatment.
Using SmartLids and the SmartHub, the TearCare System harnesses the power of your natural blink. Each treatment is customized to the patient because the SmartLids comfortably fit your unique, one-of-a-kind eye shape.
The SmartLids are placed on your upper and lower eyelids. They conform to your eyes while remaining comfortable through the procedure.
TearCare’s SmartHub uses sensor-driven feedback to deliver safe and consistent heat to break down blockages in the meibomian glands that cause dry eye symptoms. After applying heat to your eyelids, your eye doctor at Visionary Eye Doctors will clear any blocked meibomian glands.
The process is incredibly gentle and helps provide the relief you need from dry eyes and meibomian gland dysfunction.
Am I a Good Candidate for TearCare?
TearCare is an excellent treatment option for patients with dry eyes, blepharitis, or meibomian gland dysfunction. You may be a good candidate for TearCare if the following applies:
- You’re at least 22 years old
- You’re comfortable waiting an hour to wear contact lenses after undergoing a TearCare treatment
- You don’t have any ocular surface abnormalities like corneal dystrophy
- You have dry eyes, meibomian gland dysfunction, or blepharitis and are looking for lasting relief