Forma-I for Dry Eye Disease

As its creators, we are proud to be the first American practice to offer Forma-I, the latest medical technology designed to address the symptoms of dry eye disease due to Meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD). This cutting-edge device is used in the periorbital area and eyelids to relieve inflammation of meibomian glands and eye irritation.

About Forma-I

MGD is a significant cause of ocular discomfort, and 86% of dry eye patients demonstrate signs of the condition. With Forma-I, we can provide a non-drug alternative for millions of MGD and dry eye sufferers.

The innovative thermal technology delivers targeted bipolar radiofrequency energy to small, delicate ocular areas. Treatments are quick and easy and performed safely in-office. Forma-I is a medical solution that will benefit millions of dry eye disease sufferers, aiding our commitment to helping patients improve their quality of life.

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InMode is a leading global provider of innovative medical technologies. The company has leveraged its medically-accepted minimally-invasive devices harnessing novel radiofrequency ("RF") technology for plastic surgery, gynecology, dermatology, otolaryngology, and ophthalmology. 

About Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD)

MGD occurs when the meibomian glands become blocked or dysfunctional, decreasing the quantity or quality of the produced meibum. Meibum is an oily substance that helps to lubricate the eyes and prevent tear evaporation. The tear film can become unstable when meibum is insufficient or poor quality, leading to dry eye symptoms.

Several factors can contribute to the development of MGD, including:

  • Age
  • Hormonal changes
  • Certain medications
  • Environmental factors such as air pollution and low humidity
  • Certain medical conditions, such as rosacea and blepharitis

The symptoms of MGD can vary depending on the severity of the condition but commonly include the following:

  • Dryness
  • Burning
  • Itching
  • Redness of the eyes
  • Blurred vision
  • Sensitivity to light
  • The feeling of something in the eye

MGD Complications

Meibomian gland dysfunction can lead to various complications affecting the ocular surface and the patient's quality of life, including:

Eyelid Margin Inflammation

MGD can cause inflammation of the eyelid margin, resulting in blepharitis. The inflammation can lead to:

  • Redness, swelling, and tenderness of the eyelid margins
  • Crusting and scaling of the eyelashes
  • Ulceration of the eyelid margin

Corneal Complications

When the glands are dysfunctional, the tears can evaporate too quickly, causing dryness and irritation of the eyes. This can lead to corneal damage, such as abrasions, ulcers, and even corneal scarring.

Impact on Quality of Life

The symptoms of MGD, such as dry eyes, irritation, and discomfort, can affect your ability to perform daily activities, such as reading, driving, and working on a computer. These symptoms can also affect your social life and cause you to avoid activities that involve being outdoors or in dry environments.

Forma-I at Austin Face & Body

Because MGD can lead to various complications affecting the ocular surface and quality of life, patients with MGD need treatment such as Forma-I. Contact us today to learn more!

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