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Proposal for a new (and simple) system for homely application of heat and massage to meibomian glands

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First Author: M.Olmedo Herrero SPAIN

Co Author(s):    I. Lopez              

Abstract Details


To present a device for easily applying simultaneously heat and massage to meibomian glands


Hospital Clinico Universitario de Santiago de Compostela (CHUS) and Hospital Clinico Universitario de A Coruña (CHUAC), Spain


The meibomian glands disfunction (MGD) is a very common condition but little attention was paid to it until recently . Currently, one of the pillars of treatment is the application of heat and massage to eyelid for squeezing fat excess retained in the glands. Current systems for application of heat / glandular massage are: homemade ( and cumbersome ) or technological and expensive Therefore, patients with mild / moderate MGD not willing or being able to access to technically advanced systems or meibomian glands probing , have the only option of manual techniques that are cumbersome. This is the reason of a high dropout rate We start from an idea with several years of history, expounded by Prof Murube del Castillo: the use of glass bottles full of water that are easily heated by a microwave oven and provide eyelid massage with the own bottles ( video attached ) Since the rigid shape of the bottles difficult massaging nasal and temporal ends of the eyelids we thought in a product with the proper shape, allowing the heating in a domestic microwave oven and with sufficient consistency to do the massage function plus heat application. The product was brought to 20 users to evaluate its ergonomics and ease of use .


70 % of users foun it very easy, 20% easy, 10 % didn´t answered. So, top marks for ease of use were reached


Consideration could be made to the manufacturing of this product as it provides ease of use and can be economical for patients FINANCIAL INTEREST: NONE

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