What is Radiofrequency Dry Eye Therapy?

An advanced option for the treatment of dry eye is the use of Radiofrequency (RF) energy. This treatment works by warming up the Meibomian glands to liquefy any clogged oil inside and clear any blockages. After the treatment, your optometrist may manually express the Meibomian glands, to release additional oils trapped inside.

This treatment is recommended for those suffering from evaporative dry eye or meibomian gland dysfunction. It may be recommended in conjunction with other therapies such as intense pulse light.


  • Improves dry eye symptoms
  • Safe, comfortable and painless
  • Quick, non-invasive with no post-treatment downtime
  • Tailored treatment to your specific needs
  • Traditionally used as a treatment in dermatology, Radiofrequency also has several aesthetic benefits including skin tightening and increased collagen production.

Who Is It For?

Radiofrequency therapy is best for patients who have dry eye symptoms connected to increased tear evaporation from Meibomian Gland Dysfunction. When the Meibomian glands are blocked, your eyes can feel red, gritty and irritated to the point that they water, itch and burn. If left untreated, Meibomian Gland Dysfunction can result in decreased Meibomian gland functionality. Therefore, the goal of treatment is to unblock the Meibomian glands, ultimately helping to restore healthy tear film for those suffering with advanced symptoms.

Women who are pregnant, or could be pregnant are not candidates for radiofrequency therapy. Additionally, anyone with metal implants in the face, or diseases stimulated by heat would not be a candidate.

How does the treatment work?

In our office, Radiofrequency Dry Eye Therapy is done using an advanced technology called Forma-I RF. It’s an innovative and safe dry eye treatment that uses radiofrequency (RF) energy to deliver a non-invasive heat treatment to the eyes. Radiofrequency has been shown to stimulate the Meibomian glands in the eyelids which improves the quality of the tear film and alleviates dry eye symptoms. The heat further stimulates collagen formation, bringing white blood cells, and stem cells to the skin around your eyes while reducing inflammation.

Forma-I RF works by delivering radiofrequency energy to the obstructed Meibomian glands, allowing for free-flowing oil production to prevent the rapid evaporation of tears that result in dry eye symptoms. The pressure from the applicator further allows the oils to be expressed. This treatment is ideal for those looking for immediate results as it can be performed as a package treatment or can be combined with Lumecca Intense Pulsed Light therapy or Lipiflow to further combat dry eye symptoms.

What to Expect

The treatment is generally comfortable and relaxing for our patients. Ultrasound gel is applied to the eye area and heat is applied with mild pressure. Treatments usually take between 20 and 45 minutes to complete, and the Optometrist may perform a Meibomian gland expression afterwards to remove any further obstructions. Patients should expect some redness around the eyes for up to 24 hours after treatments. Results can be expected after 2-4 treatments.

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