TearCare® System – Treatment for Dry Eye

At Newport Eye Care in Newport and Waterville, Maine, we offer advanced and effective treatments for dry eye disease, including TearCare®. TearCare® is an innovative and non-invasive treatment option designed to improve meibomian gland function and provide relief from dry eye symptoms.  

What is TearCare®? 

TearCare® is a cutting-edge treatment that targets meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD), one of the leading causes of dry eye disease. MGD occurs when the meibomian glands, which are responsible for producing the oily layer of tears, become blocked or fail to produce an adequate amount of oil. This can result in an unstable tear film and lead to dryness, discomfort, and other dry eye symptoms. 

TearCare® is designed to address MGD by applying controlled and localized heat therapy to the eyelids. The treatment uses unique technology that ensures precise temperature regulation for optimal results. By gently heating the eyelids, TearCare® helps to melt and release any obstructions in the meibomian glands, allowing the natural oils to flow more freely. 

How does TearCare® work?  

During the TearCare® treatment, our optometrist will place flexible and wearable devices known as SmartLids™ onto both your upper and lower eyelids. The SmartLids™ gently warm the meibomian glands to a precise temperature, softening the oils within the glands. Once the oils are adequately softened, our eye doctor will use specialized instruments to manually express the meibomian glands. This process assists in improving tear film quality and enhancing the overall functionality of the glands. 

Following the treatment, our optometrist may provide you with specific post-care instructions. These instructions may include the use of lubricating eye drops and warm compresses to optimize the healing process and promote the continued health of your tear glands. 

What to expect during the TearCare® treatment

The TearCare® procedure is performed in our Newport or Waterville office, which typically takes 15-20 minutes to complete. Most patients tolerate the treatment well, and it’s generally painless. During the procedure, you may feel a warm sensation on your eyelids, indicating that the controlled heat is targeting the tear glands effectively.  
The SmartLids™ are designed to allow for natural blinking throughout the procedure, ensuring a comfortable experience. Patients often find the treatment relaxing and can resume their regular activities immediately afterward as there is no downtime required. 

When will I see results? 

While the effects of TearCare® treatment can vary among patients, many experience relief from dry eye symptoms immediately following the procedure. For others, relief may occur gradually over time as the tear glands become more active. Our eye doctor typically recommends multiple treatments to achieve optimal outcomes and long-lasting relief. 

What are the benefits of TearCare® treatment?   

Unlike other treatments that require eye coverings and closed eyes, TearCare® allows you to keep your eyes open and blink naturally throughout the procedure, ensuring maximum comfort during the treatment process. 

TearCare® treatments are also highly effective at clearing blockages and providing long-lasting relief from dry eye. If you’re experiencing dry eye symptoms, contact us today to schedule an appointment and ask our eye doctor about TearCare® treatment.