The iLux is a device that directly treats the meibomian glands. The meibomian glands play a role in providing oil to keep the eyes moist. If these glands become clogged, then the eyes are not receiving enough moisture to keep them lubricated. This is called meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD). MGD is a leading cause of dry eye.
An iLux treatment is a simple process. It first allows the doctor to look closely at the meibomian glands through a magnifying lens to see which glands need treatment. Then the doctor uses the iLux to apply a LED light-based heat to warm the meibomian glands. Once they are sufficiently warmed, the doctor uses the iLux to compress the eyelid to help clear out the glands. Overall, the treatment takes approximately 5-7 minutes per eye.