What is Blephasteam?
Treatment for Meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) uses warm compresses to the eyelids and massaging the
eyelids to melt and express oil that has thickened and blocked the Meibomian gland openings. However this
traditional method is not sufficient to totally melt the hardened meibum. Multiple studies have shown that to
treat MGD, the glands need to be warmed up to a temperature in which the oil secretion blocking the glands
changes from a solid to a liquid state, which is normally just above 40 degrees.
Blephasteam is a convenient in-office treatment for Meibomian gland dysfunction. Blephasteam uses the power of moisture and heat to provide a warm chamber with a set temperature that’s very beneficial to the eyes. The combined heat and moisture will increase blood flow and melt the waxy meibum to help relieve dry eyes. After each session, the now-melted secretions are manually expressed, improving oil flow and tear quality.
Blephasteam works well for most patients. People with Meibomian gland dysfunction and its associated conditions like posterior blepharitis, meibomitis, ocular rosacea, chalazion, contact lens intolerance and dry eyes will benefit from Blephasteam.