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Evaluation of Screening Methods for Treatment of Meibomian Gland Dysfunction

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : September 16, 2010
Results First Posted : December 6, 2011
Last Update Posted : December 6, 2011
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
TearScience, Inc.

Brief Summary:
The objective is to evaluate the feasibility of using additional screening methods to optimize effectiveness outcomes with the LipiFlow System for application of heat and pressure therapy in adult patients with chronic cystic conditions of the eyelids, including meibomian gland dysfunction, also known as evaporative dry eye or lipid deficiency dry eye, and chalazia. The screening methods include diagnostic expression of the meibomian glands and interferometry assessment of the tear film.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Chalazion Dry Eye Syndromes Device: LipiFlow System Phase 2 Phase 3

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 50 participants
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Pilot Study for Evaluation of LipiFlow Screening Methods
Study Start Date : September 2010
Actual Primary Completion Date : January 2011
Actual Study Completion Date : January 2011

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: LipiFlow Treatment
Treatment with LipiFlow device
Device: LipiFlow System
In-office treatment for meibomian gland dysfunction

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Association Between Screening Methods (Meibomian Gland Expression) and Treatment Effectiveness Outcomes (Total Meibomian Gland Score) [ Time Frame: Baseline and 4 Weeks ]

    Analysis of association between Baseline Meibomian Gland Expression Score and Total Meibomian Gland Score at 4 Weeks. Success was defined by demonstration of a statistically significant (p<0.05) association between the screening method and outcome.

    Meibomian gland expression sum scores range from 0 to 60 with a higher score reflecting less meibomian gland dysfunction. Total meibomian gland scores range from 0 to 45 with a higher score reflecting less meibomian gland dysfunction.

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Meibomian gland dysfunction
  • Dry Eye symptoms

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Ocular surgery, ocular injury or ocular Herpes infection within past 3 months
  • Active ocular infection
  • Active ocular inflammation or recurrent inflammation within past 3 months
  • Moderate to severe allergic conjunctivitis
  • Severe eyelid inflammation
  • Eyelid abnormalities that affect lid function
  • Ocular surface abnormalities that may compromise corneal integrity
  • Systemic disease conditions or medications that cause dry eye
  • Use of other treatments for meibomian gland dysfunction or dry eye
  • Pregnant or nursing women
  • Participation in another ophthalmic clinical trial within past 30 days

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01202747

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United States, Illinois
Hoffman Estates, Illinois, United States
United States, Massachusetts
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Winchester, Massachusetts, United States
Sponsors and Collaborators
TearScience, Inc.
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Study Director: Christy Stevens, OD TearScience

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Responsible Party: TearScience, Inc. Identifier: NCT01202747     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: LF002
First Posted: September 16, 2010    Key Record Dates
Results First Posted: December 6, 2011
Last Update Posted: December 6, 2011
Last Verified: November 2011

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Dry Eye Syndromes
Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca
Lacrimal Apparatus Diseases
Eye Diseases
Conjunctival Diseases
Corneal Diseases
Eyelid Diseases