LipiFlow is too expensive, are there any other options?

Sure, let’s talk about iLux. Alcon just showcased this new device at SECO.

What is it?
It’s a handheld device (FDA approved in December 2017) that treats MGD by using light-based heat and manual compression. After the heat treatment, the provider manually expresses the blocked glands and can visualize the meibum expressed through a magnifier. The total treatment time takes about 8 minutes or less. Here is a picture and more details.

What about the clinical trial?
In a trial of 142 patients, it’s been reported that patients had similar outcomes with the iLux as compared to LipiFlow.

What else?
The cost. It’s roughly one-third the cost of LipiFlow. (via)