What is TearCare?
TearCare is an in-office treatment for dry eye caused by meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD). MGD means that the oil glands within the eyelids have become clogged. In order to return the oil within those glands back to their naturally liquid state, they must be heated to 108 degrees F for 8 minutes. This level of heat over time is difficult to achieve with even the best warm compress masks on the market. TearCare is able to generate heat up to 113 degrees F for 15 minutes using non-invasive adhesive devices applied to the outside of the upper and lower eyelids at the same time. The patient is even able to keep their eyes open during the treatment to answer emails, texts, and check social media! Following the warmth, your eye doctor will manually express the meibomian glands to void the oil that has been clogged within the glands for so long. Over the next couple of weeks, your body will replenish the glands with fresh, liquid oil that naturally coats your tear film and prevents dry eye symptoms. This effect can last up to one year with just one treatment! Applying warm compresses at home is a great way to maintain the treatment and help it last all the way up until your maintenance sessions performed as needed.
Is TearCare covered by insurance?
At this time, TearCare is a treatment that remains an out-of-pocket expense. That being said, each treatment comes with a $100 manufacturer rebate. The cost is also eligible for use of Flex Spending Account (FSA) and Health Savings Account (HSA) dollars.
How much does a TearCare treatment cost?
One TearCare session, which includes meibomian gland expression by your eye doctor comes with a cost of $600. The manufacturer offers a $100 rebate per treatment, which brings the net cost to the patient down to $500. Studies show that the effects of the treatment can last up to one year. Most patients will return as needed, but generally no sooner than 6 months between sessions.