Targeted thermal massage device for meibomian gland dysfunction
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A reusable device that delivers heat and a targeted massage to the eyelids to help relieve symptoms of Meibomian Gland Dysfunction.
The eyelids contain a firm plate of tissue called the tarsus. Within the tarsus resides vertically oriented meibomian glands, whose oily contents empty onto the ocular surface through small pores near the base of the eyelashes. This oil contributes to the ideal balance of our tear film and has important implications for patients with dry eye syndrome. When the oil glands are clogged, patients develop irritation and styes. Eye care providers recommend warm compresses to liquify the contents of the oil glands (i.e. melt the buttery, clogged content into a less viscous olive oil consistency), then gentle massage to express the fluid from the glands. Most patients cannot do this properly. Existing warm compress devices are bulky and do not provide massage.
A targeted device to improve the expression of the meibomian glands through heat and massage would be highly beneficial for the millions of patients suffering from meibomian gland dysfunction.
- Allicia Moeller - Team Leader
- Wynne Allen - Communicator
- Lilly Mackenzie - BSAC
- Helene Schroeder - BWIG
- Megan Pearson - BPAG
Advisor and Client
- Prof. Randolph Ashton - Advisor
- Dr. Ryan Larochelle - Client