4. How is Forma-I performed?
The patient’s eyes are typically numbed with anesthetic eye drops to ensure their comfort during the procedure. The specialist may also clean the eyelids and lashes to remove any debris or makeup.
Meibomian Gland Expression:
The specialist uses a device or specialized instrument to apply controlled radiofrequency energy to the meibomian glands located within the eyelids. This energy gently warms and expresses the glands, helping to release the thickened and obstructed meibum (lipid) that contributes to dry eyes.
Tear Film Improvement:
The combination of heat and meibomian gland expression improves the quality of the tear film by enhancing the lipid layer, which helps to prevent excessive evaporation of tears.
The Forma-I dry eye treatment usually takes a relatively short amount of time, with the procedure lasting around 15 to 30 minutes for both eyes.
After the treatment, patients may experience mild redness or temporary sensitivity to light. The specialist provides post-treatment instructions, which may include recommendations for artificial tears, lid hygiene, and lifestyle modifications to manage dry eye symptoms.
Patients may need to schedule follow-up appointments to assess their progress and determine if additional treatments or ongoing management are necessary.