MiBo Thermoflo® Treatment for Dry Eye in Norfolk
If you suffer from dry eye disease, you know how uncomfortable dry eyes can be—and how challenging it is to find lasting relief. Fortunately for our patients in the Norfolk and Hampton Roads, our dry eye experts at Virginia Eye Consultants can provide you with the best treatment options available for dry eye relief, including MiBo Thermoflo treatment.
What is Causing my Dry Eye?
Chronic dry eye is an uncomfortable condition that affects more than 16 million people in the United States.1 Symptoms of dry eye include eyes that feel gritty, irritated, appear red, or even water excessively. The leading cause of dry eye is blockage of the meibomian glands called Meibomian Gland Dysfunction, or MGD. These tiny glands in the eyelids produce meibum, an oil that helps prevent tears from evaporating too quickly. However, an in-office thermal treatment called MiBo Thermoflo may be recommended to help loosen obstructions and alleviate symptoms.
How Does MiBo Thermoflo Treat Dry Eye?
The MiBo Thermoflo device uses therapeutic heat to help break up meibomian gland blockages. This device uses a proprietary thermoelectric heat pump that maintains a steady temperature of 108 degrees to liquefy meibum blockages, which is aided by a gentle eyelid massage. This heat is not hot enough to burn the eyelids, but is the ideal temperature to break down hardened meibomian gland secretions for fast and lasting dry eye symptom relief.2,3
Preparing for Treatment
If your physician diagnoses you with dry eye disease or meibomian gland dysfunction, it is highly possible that you may benefit from treatment with MiBo Thermoflo. Following your diagnosis, we will schedule your treatment for the near future. We recommend that patients do not wear contact lenses or makeup when they arrive for their treatment.
The MiBo Thermoflo Treatment Experience
Dry eye treatment with MiBo Thermoflo is painless, fast, and highly effective. On the day of your treatment, you will recline comfortably in a treatment chair. Your trained eye care professionals will apply ultrasound gel to the sanitized tip of MiBo Thermoflo device, which is shaped to closely fit the contours of your eye. You will relax with your eyes closed as the device applies continuous therapeutic heat to your eyelids and is used to gently massage the meibomian glands. Treatment with MiBo Therapeutic lasts between 8-15 minutes per eye.
After MiBo Thermoflo Treatment
There is no downtime or recovery period associated with MiBo Thermoflo treatment and most patients report feeling instantly more comfortable after a reduction in dry eye symptoms.
For optimal results, it is recommended that patients undergo a series of at least 3 treatments, spaced 2 weeks apart. After successful treatment with MiBo Thermoflo, most of our patients report such significant improvement in dry eye symptoms that they don’t need another treatment for up to one year.4
Contact Virginia Eye Consultants
If you struggle with uncomfortable symptoms of dry eye and have found only temporary relief with remedies like warm compresses, you might be a good candidate for treatment with MiBo Thermoflo. To learn more about this treatment and to schedule a consultation, please contact Virginia Eye Consultants.
Frequently Asked Questions About MiBo Thermoflo
Is treatment with MiBo Thermoflo painful?
There is absolutely no pain associated with MiBo Thermoflo treatment. Most patients find the application of therapeutic heat relaxing.
Are the results of treatment with MiBo Thermoflo permanent?
Most patients enjoy immediate relief of dry eye symptoms after MiBo Thermoflo treatment, but for the best results we recommend a series of 3 treatments, spaced 2 weeks apart.
Will my insurance cover the cost of treatment?
MiBo Thermoflo is not covered by insurance. We will be happy to explore payment and financing options for you.
1 Farrand KF, Fridman M, Stillman IÖ, Schaumberg DA. Prevalence of Diagnosed Dry Eye Disease in the United States Among Adults Aged 18 Years and Older. Am J Ophthalmol. 2017 Oct;182:90-98. doi: 10.1016/j.ajo.2017.06.033. Epub 2017 Jul 10. Available: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28705660/. Accessed February 15, 2021.
2 MiBo Medical Group. MiBo Thermoflo website. Available: https://mibomedicalgroup.com/mibothermoflo/. Accessed February 15, 2021.
3 U.S. National Library of Medicine. Efficacy and Safety of Thermic Devices in the Treatment of Meibomian Gland Dysfunction. Available: https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT03767530. Accessed February 15, 2021.
4 MiBo Medical Group. MiBo Thermoflo website. Available: https://mibomedicalgroup.com/mibothermoflo/. Accessed February 15, 2021.
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