90% of dry eye come from the eyelids and not the actual eyes themselves; specifically oil glands located inside the top and bottom lids. Without proper quantity and quality of these oil glands the eye’s tear film will not be able to adhere and provide comfort for the eyes.
These oil glands are called meibomian glands and the substance secreted by them called the meibum; the meibum from meibomian glands begins to melt at 95°F-104°F for people who have meibum gland obstruction or otherwise unhealthy glands. When your meibomian glands are obstructed and malnourished, gland dystrophy is inevitable and the glands are permanently damaged. Dry heat at these temperatures prove damaging to the front surface of the eye as well as the skin around the eye. In order to provide moisturized heat at a controlled temperature that are safe for the patient’s eyes and maximize treatment it is recommended to use optometrist’s recommended therapy.
EyeEco’s Tranquileyes XL® Masks do exactly this as 120 controlled moist-heat treatment beads create 20-25 minutes of controlled humidified temperature between 102-108°F degrees. These masks are proven to relieve symptoms of dryness, irritation, and treat ocular surface disease. With reusable microwavable gel packs, these masks provide comfortable, safe, and quality treatment for your dry eyes. By adding the use of therapy masks a couple times a week it has been proven to increase tear break up time, meibomian gland expression and healthier, younger looking eyes.
At Bear Creek Eye Care we are able to provide our patients with the highest quality medical services such as these in the Temecula, Murrieta, Wildomar, Menifee, Lake Elsinore, and Canyon Lake areas. By partnering with EyeEco located right here in Temecula, our office is able to offer these masks as well as other dry eye treatments conveniently at the time of an eye exam. For more information on the science behind these dry eye masks can be found at their website.