Dry Eye Disease is multifactorial, however it is widely accepted that environmental debris, eyelid biofilm, meibomian gland dysfunction and general exposure are all contributory. Clinical periocular hygiene are in-office microexfoliation and thermal cleaning of these interfacing surfaces.
Your eyelid glands are just like your skin glands and need clinical attention to keep them functional and prevent meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) which causes up to 86% of dry eye disease (DED) patients. In many cases it is a preventable condition, but only recently has clinical periocular hygiene emerged as a new effective maintenance treatment. Using special dyes and instruments, the eyelid surface and glands can be treated comfortably in your eye doctor’s office. New advances in this area allow even the most hardened blockages to be melted using prescribed heat and pressure simultaneously in non-surgical painless procedures.
Patients that may benefit from preventative and therapeutic clinical periocular hygiene treatments are:
- Pre-surgical cases (Cataract surgery, LASIK, Refractive surgery)
- Contact lens wearers
- Cosmetic users
- People routinely exposed to poor air quality or environmental debris
- People with DED and MGD
Learn more about clinical periocular hygiene with this video: