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iLUX® Dry Eye Treatment

Dry eye is a chronic, progressive, irreversible disease caused by deficiencies in the quantity and quality of meibum or other tear components within the tear film. Dry eye affects over 30 million people in the United States, and 86% of dry eye sufferers are reported to have clinical signs of meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD). However, less than half of patients with MGD show symptoms, and many MGD sufferers may not even know they have it.

What is MGD?

Every time you blink, a protective layer of moisture called the tear film coats the front surface of your eye. An essential part of the tear film is an oily layer called meibum. MGD occurs when the meibomian glands that produce meibum get blocked or the secreted meibum is of poor quality—leading to evaporative tear loss. MGD can cause dryness, blurry vision, irritation, and watery eyes, and you may need treatment to alleviate the symptoms. The goal of treatment is to unblock the meibomian glands.

Diagnosing MGD

If you regularly use eye drops or have symptoms such as eye dryness and irritation, ask your doctor to evaluate your symptoms. Your doctor will compress your eyelids to assess the level and quality of meibum that is expressed. Healthy meibum is clear and adequate. The more severe the blockage, the thicker and cloudier the meibum appears.

iLUX®: Dry Eye Treatment That Starts At The Source

The iLUX® MGD Thermal Pulsation System delivers treatment directly to the blocked meibomian glands with the goal of clearing the blockages. Therapeutic heat at the optimal temperature is applied to your eyelids. Then, while the oil is thoroughly melted, it is expressed with the precise pressure required. A medical professional will be at your side every step of the way, providing real-time feedback. Treatment of both eyes takes approximately 8 to12 minutes.5 After the glands are unblocked, it will be easier for the meibum to be released naturally.

Treatment with the iLUX® device was shown to significantly reduce dry eye symptoms such as gritty eyes and irritation. 6 In clinical studies, iLUX® was shown to increase meibomian gland function by 300% at 4 weeks post-treatment, compared to baseline.

Contact Your Dry Eye Doctor Today

If you experience symptoms such as blurry vision, dry eyes, and irritation, it may be MGD. Even if you aren’t experiencing symptoms, the American Optometric Association recommends annual comprehensive eye exams. This includes an evaluation of the tear film and glands. Learn more about MGD and if treatment with the iLUX® MGD Thermal Pulsation System is right for you.

TempSure® Envi for Dry Eye


Cynosure’s TempSure Envi technology heats deep into the skin to regenerate collagen and effectively treat Dry Eye, as well as reduce the appearance of forehead wrinkles, frown lines, crow’s feet, and smile lines. Request Dry Eye treatments in Glengarry, Edmonton, Alberta.

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What Is TempSure Envi?

From manufacturer's site:

As we age, our bodies can’t generate collagen as fast as it used to. As a result, wrinkles and fine lines form leaving you with smile lines, crow’s feet, and other bothersome creases. TempSure Envi is a new radiofrequency treatment that minimizes wrinkles and fine lines, tightens skin* and improves the appearance of cellulite.

It’s safe for all skin types and levels of sun exposure, so it fits perfectly into any beauty maintenance routine, any time of year! There’s no surgery, no needles, and no downtime so you can immediately get back to what you were doing and look great doing it!

How TempSure Envi Works

TempSure Envi delivers radiofrequency to gently heat your skin. Increasing your skins’ temperature for a defined, therapeutic time will trigger your body’s natural reaction to produce new collagen. The new collagen fibers are tight and dense leaving you with beautiful, younger-looking skin!

Cynosure’s TempSure Envi technology heats deep into the skin to regenerate collagen and reduce the appearance of forehead wrinkles, frown lines, crow’s feet, and smile lines. Other indications include hair epilation, telangiectasia, and Emilia.

It's also become a great tool to reduce dry eye symptoms!

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What can I expect?

The TempSure Envi treatment is delivered using handpieces that have been carefully designed to safely deliver radiofrequency energy into delicate areas, where your skin has become thinner during the natural aging process. This includes (but is not limited to) forehead lines, frown lines, crow’s feet, smile lines, wrinkles, and cellulite on the body. TempSure Envi has been known to give you an instant glow resulting in a smoother appearance and younger-looking skin.

TempSure Envi is a comfortable, safe treatment that doesn’t have any downtime. Patients have reported that it feels similar to a relaxing hot stone massage. You might have slight redness after the procedure which is caused by your skin’s elevated temperatures during the treatment and will subside soon afterwards.

You will be able to return to your normal day-to-day activities immediately after your treatment.

Taking the guesswork out of Radio Frequency (RF)

Therapeutic Logic Control (TLC) activates a timer when tissue has reached therapeutic temperature, allowing for proper delivery of RF every time.

Treatments are safe for all skin types, and 96% of patients described TempSure as comfortable.

  • Best-in-class temperature sensing with up to 100x faster response time than the competition
  • Safe, consistent and reliable RF skin tightening* treatments in any practitioner’s
  • Powerful 300W generator with 4MHz RF delivery supports future applications.
  • Three handpiece sizes ranging from 10mm to 20mm for customizable treatments
  • Soothing spa tones delivered during treatment for enhanced patient satisfaction

Over the course of a few treatments, not only can skin texture improve to a more youthful appearance, but when applied around the eyes by an eye doctor, a patient will experience less inflammation, redness, and irritation around the eyes.

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Blephex for Blepharitis

Blephex for Blepharitis

Total Focus Northgate and Dry Eye Clinic is pleased to offer advanced treatment for blepharitis, BlephEx™. This device provides powerful, painless and effective treatment for those suffering from an inflammation of the eyelids that causes red, irritated and swollen eyes. If you have been diagnosed with blepharitis, or suspect you may have it, get in touch with us and we’ll provide you with the relief you need.

What is Blepharitis?

Blepharitis (blef-uh-RYE-tis) is a common eyelid inflammation that can develop at any age. Blepharitis typically occurs when tiny oil glands located near the base of the eyelashes become clogged, leading to swollen, irritated and red eyes. Several diseases and conditions can cause blepharitis, such as dry eyes. Blepharitis doesn’t result in permanent vision damage and is not contagious.

What Are the Symptoms of Blepharitis?

A few typical symptoms include:

  • itchy, sore and red eyelids that stick together
  • crusty or greasy eyelashes
  • a burning, gritty sensation in your eyes
  • increased sensitivity to light (photophobia)
  • swollen eyelid margins
  • wearing contact lenses become unbearable
  • abnormal eyelash growth or loss of eyelashes in severe cases

How Does BlephEx Treat Blepharitis?

tired eyesWhen properly performed, BlephEx reduces and alleviates uncomfortable blepharitis symptoms. The treatment is repeated at regular intervals depending on the severity of the condition. By eliminating the root cause of blepharitis, the overall health of the eyelid will be significantly improved and will allow you to produce more tears and enjoy life without the chronic and irritating symptoms associated with blepharitis.

How Does Blephex Work?

BlephEx is a painless in-office procedure performed by our optometrists. It works by removing excess bacteria and toxins that live along the lash margin that cause inflammation and eyelid disease. The BlephEx handpiece precisely and carefully spins a medical-grade disposable micro-sponge along the edge of your eyelids and lashes, discarding any debris and exfoliating your eyelids. A micro-sponge is used for each eye individually, so as not to spread bacteria between the eyelids. The procedure takes about 6-8 minutes to complete and is well-tolerated by the patient. Numbing drops are placed in the eyes prior to treatment for increased comfort. After the procedure, the patient will be instructed on ways to maintain clean eyelids by following nightly eyelid hygiene.

How Many Times Must BlephEx Be Performed?

The eyelids require a regular hygiene practice to prevent blepharitis and dry eye disease from recurring. It is recommended that BlephEx be administered every 4 – 6 months in order to keep bacteria to a minimum and to prevent the biofilm from developing again. Once the treatments are stopped, the biofilm will typically redevelop, leading to inflammation and damaged tear glands all over again.

Does Insurance Cover the Cost of BlephEx?

BlephEx is a relatively new treatment for dry eyes and is not typically covered by insurance, though you can certainly try to submit it. Even when paying privately, it is still less costly than a years’ worth of eye drops, artificial tears, ointments, and so on.

How Soon Will I Notice a Difference?

Depending on the stage and severity of the condition, patients tend to feel a difference right after the treatment. However, if you’ve experienced significant damage to your tear glands due to blepharitis, it may take several months before observing any changes in your condition. Certain people may require multiple treatments before they begin to heal. Nightly hygiene and repeat treatments will treat, cure and prevent a recurrence.

Does Blephex Have Any Side Effects?

There will only be positive effects following the treatment. You will have removed years, if not decades, of biofilm from your eyelids and will be able to comfortably blink without having your eyelids feel sticky. Contact us to schedule your BlephEx appointment at Total Focus Northgate and Dry Eye Clinic and to consult with our optometrists for a proper eyelid evaluation. Total Focus Northgate and Dry Eye Clinic serves patients in Edmonton, Sherwood Park, Fort Saskatchewan, and Parkland County, and throughout Alberta.