The Mibo ThermoFlo
Valley Eye Clinic is proud to offer the Mibo ThermoFlo at our Dry Eye Spa. The Mibo ThermoFlo offers a comfortable, extremely relaxing, and organic approach to managing dry eye. As we mentioned before, approximately 85% of people with dry eye have an evaporative component to their dry eye disease. Meibum, oils made in the meibomian glands in the eyelids, can thicken and become clogged, resulting in little to none of this vital oil incorporating into the tear film. As a result, the eye dries out faster, can become intolerant to contact lenses, and feels gritty and irritated. Remember, all 3 components of the tear film (mucins, aqueous, and lipid) are necessary to NOT have dry, gritty, irritated eyes.
How Does Mibo Thermoflo Work?
The Mibo Thermoflo supplies continues controlled heat that is applied to the outer skin of the eye lids, along with ultrasound gel, for a gentle massage. The heat is absorbed deep into the tissue and breaks down the hardened oils in the meibomian glands, resulting in:
- No Pain
- No Downtime
- Wonderful for Eye Strain
- No side effects
There are several other possible treatments for combating dry eyes, and we may recommend that you try a combination of them. It's important to be proactive with dry eye issues because it progressively gets worse over time when not controlled.
Microorganisms are all over our bodies, inside and out. This includes the eyelids. While a certain amount of bioactivity is normal, TOO MUCH is not. Do you wake up with “little crusties” in your eye lashes? Does it feel like you just didn’t clean off all your make up from the night before? Excess microorganism activity results in what’s called a biofilm, a biochemical sludge that is left over, resulting in red, irritated cracked lids, and what actually looks like dandruff in your eyelashes (anterior blepharitis). Some patients present with little bubbles along their eyelids. These bubbles indicate what is called saponifacation, or literally the making of soap on the eyelid. Microorganisms feast on excess face oils and bacteria on the lids, and the result are these little bubbles along the lid margin, which can be viewed by a dry eye specialist.
In the past, baby shampoo with a warm washcloth have been prescribed. Unfortunately, soap bubbles from the shampoo just add more saponification to the lid margin, and does nothing to decrease the bacterial load.
Pure hypochlorous acid (HOCL- 0.015%) is an extremely comfortable and effective means to reduce the bacterial load on the eyelid, resulting in cleaner, less irritated and less cracked lids.
Valley Eye Clinic uses Heyedrate Lid and Lash Spray, developed by husband and wife optometrist team Travis and Jenna Zigler. Simply clean the eyelids of any debris or makeup and spray closed eyelids with the solution. Gently rub into the upper and lower lid and lash margin (or just let it dry...no need to rinse!) Repeat morning and evening for best results. This formula can also be used anywhere on the body to fight bacteria and inflammation, following the general steps above.