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Blephasteam Treatment For Meibomian Gland Dysfunction

Blephasteam: Dry Eye Treatment

Blephasteam® is used as part of your dry eye treatment action plan to relieve symptoms associated with Meibomian gland dysfunction.


Blephasteam® delivers a standardised, latent moist heat therapy around the eyelids to unblock the Meibomian Glands. Meibomian Gland Dysfunction  causes a certain number of eye conditions and is associated with dry eye syndrome.


The ocular environment delivered by Blephasteam® naturally enhances tear quality by improving the thickness and quality of the lipid layer. Blephasteam® is applied before Meibomain Gland Expression as it provides optimal conditions (such as consistent temperature and duration of heat) to prepare the glands and oils for unblocking.


Blephasteam® is convenient, safe and allows clear vision during the use of which patients are able to carry out normal task activities such as reading, watching television or using digital devices. It also allows normal function of the upper lid, facilitating release of the oily secretions on lid closure and tears resurfacing.


Blephasteam® is used as part of your dry eye treatment action plan to relieve symptoms associated with Meibomian gland dysfunction.


Blephasteam® provides, in standardised conditions, a moisture and heat therapy.


This dual action melts the meibomian secretions and obstruction.

Blephasteam Dry Eye Treatment

Blephasteam is a vital component of Meibomian Gland Expression. Eyelid warming is important as it is used to melt the solid or blocked lipids into a more viscous oil again. This allows the natural oils in your tear film to flow freely again and to form the oily layer of the tears which reduces evaporation.


In case of Meibomian Gland Dysfunction, the oily secretions become more solid, ultimately blocking the glands. This can lead to atrophy of the glands and produce the symptoms of dry eye syndrome.


Just imagine oil turning into butter. The heat delivered on your eyelids melts the “butter” to turn into oil again enabling it to form the oily layer of the tear film, and this, delaying evaporation and dryness. This step was previously performed with warm compresses. However, warm compress cannot deliver the precise temperature for a controlled duration as clinically demonstrated to be beneficial for unblocking clogged meibomian oils. Warm compresses require continued reheating which is unnecessary with Blephasteam.


For efficient treatment through heating of the meibomian glands, the temperature must be constant for at least 10 minutes.


  • Linda Roach, PHD, Contributing Writer By Interviewing Penny A. Asbell, MD, Marguerite B. Mcdonald, MD, Kelly K. Nichols, MPH, PHD, OD, Gustavo E. Tamayo, MD, and Joseph Tauber, MD. Rethinking Meibomian Gland Dysfunction: How to Spot It, Stage It and Treat It
  • Hom MM, Martinson JR, Knapp LL, Paugh JR. Prevalence of meibomian gland dysfunction. Optom Vis Sci. 1990 Sep;67(9):710-2.

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