Thermal pulsation treatment is an in-office procedure that treats meibomian gland disfunction. Meibomian glands located along the edge of the eyelids where the eye lashes are found. The meibomian glands make the oil that is an essential part of healthy tears. The oil is what prevents the eyes from drying out too quickly. When the lands are not working properly because they are blocked, dry eye disease is often the result.
Thermal pulsation uses heat and massage to unblock clogged meibomian glands. Depending on the type of equipment used, the treatment can be effective from nine months to three years. This treatment can provide long-lasting relief but it is not a cure for meibomian gland disfunction. Regular in-office and home maintenance therapies are important. The most successful patients are often those who attend for routine visits for dry eye disease.