A new study into preferences for hot compress Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD) treatments indicates that The Eye Doctor is the clear favourite both for patients and optometrists.
The report, conducted by Dr Mathew Schneiders and Mr Allon Barsam, researchers for Novus Research at Luton and Dunstable University Hospital’s Ophthalmology Department, explored patients’ opinions and preferences regarding the most commonly available microwavable hot compress devices in the UK.
The optometrists and dry eye disease patients taking part were provided with samples of the MGDRx (The EyeBag Company), The Eye Doctor (The Body Doctor) and Blephamask (Altacor) and asked for their preferences given the premise that all three cost the same and were equally effective.
The Eye Doctor was selected by 67% of patients as their preferred treatment device. The main reasons offered for this included the fact that it was the only option with a strap to keep it in place, that it had a washable hygienic cover and that it had the best shape. 16% of patients selected the MGDRx primarily because of its availability and 16% selected Blephamask mainly because of its shape.
The opticians involved in the research also stated a clear preference: 75% for the Eye Doctor and 25% for the MGDRx, echoing the results from the patients.
The Eye Doctor, which will be showcased at Optrafair this April at the NEC, is the only product on the market to have passed BS8433, as well as the independent microwave and oven heating tests. The product is designed to relieve symptoms of MGD (Blepharitis) and Dry Eye Disease, as well as Chalazion and blurred vision, sensitivity to light, red eyes, grittiness, irritation, inflamed, painful and sore eyes.
Filled with BodyBeads®, a new technology that is non-toxic and non-flammable, the device can be safely heated in a microwave or oven. With a hygienic, washable cover, made from quality materials designed to reduce abrasion, The Eye Doctor is cost effective and pleasant to reuse. It features an adjustable strap and a pouch for safe, clean and dry storage. Once warm, it can offer two levels of heat depending on what is required as one side is designed to emit greater heat than the other.
The report from Schneiders and Barsam explains that dry eye disease affects up to 70% of the population. Its most common cause is meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) which is present in around 85% of patients. The principal treatment for MGD is to heat and melt the oil in the glands and then to express the melted secretions from the eyelids. Tear film lipid layer thickness has been shown to increase by 80% in patients with MGD, after application of a 40˚C compress for at least four minutes, and improved by a further 20% after 15 minutes of treatment.
Research from the University of Montreal in 2014 assessed efficacy of five commercially available microwavable hot compress devices. Their research demonstrated that The Eye Doctor maintained the best optimum efficacy through a 10-minute treatment in comparison to MGDRx, Bruder Moist Heat Compress (Bruder Healthcare), Eye Essential Mask (Thera Pearl) and Tranquileyes Goggles (Eyeeco).
Eye Doctor Background Information:
The Eye Doctor is a Registered Class 1 Medical Device with the Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency (MHRA). It is one of a range of innovative products from The Body Doctor which designs and manufactures medical devices to aid a variety of conditions. Products include the Hand Doctor and Muscle Doctor for which The Body Doctor donates 5% of profits to Arthritis Research UK.