How to Use NuLids for Dry Eye, Blepharitis, and MGD with Dr. Olkowski
Dr. John Olkowski is a practicing ophthalmologist who lives in Hawaii. He is the founder of NuSight Medical, which makes the NuLids device.
When Dr. Olkowski was growing up, he was exposed to the ophthalmology profession and really decided he would become an ophthalmologist in high school. His interest in dry eye disease came about due to demand in his practice. With upwards of 30 percent of people suffering from this condition, it’s hard to ignore.
If you visit Dr. Olkowski in his office, he’ll give you a dry eye symptom questionnaire to begin with. This helps determine where you fall on the dry eye severity scale. After looking at your eyes and eyelids, he’s someone who will definitely express the meibomian glands in your eyelids. This is because these tiny oil glands are so incredibly important for a healthy tear film and healthy, comfortable eyes.
Simply using artificial tears is not enough because they don’t address the entire tear film. 90 percent of patients do not have enough oil in their tear film, which means that artificial tears are not going to do much. Concentrating on the eyelids and those small oil glands should be the number one focus.
The Inspiration Behind NuLids
Dr. Olkowski continuously had conversations with patients about scrubbing their eyelids, and those patients became the inspiration behind the NuLids device. Whether you use a spray, wipe, or foam, eyelid scrubs are very important but patient compliance just isn’t there. After realizing this, he went home and took inspiration from his electric toothbrush. He knew there had to be a better way to really clean the eyelid margins, and that’s how NuLids was born.
He began looking into an oscillating brush head that patients could easily use to clean their eyelids at home. He knew it needed to be not only safe, but effective and easy to use as well. It only takes one minute to use the NuLids device!
How To Use NuLids
Make sure to read and follow all instructions in the packaging, but here are a few helpful tips:
Clean the eyelids of any debris or makeup before use
Always apply a lubricating ointment (recommended by your doctor) to the device - it's recommended to only use one drop/strip of ointment at the 12 o'clock position
Use the device on your eyelids as instructed once per day (morning, afternoon, or evening) for a total of 1 minute (15 seconds per eyelid)
Discontinue use if any irritation develops
Always use a NEW tip each day (never reuse an old tip!)
Who is the NuLids Device Good For?
Anyone showing signs of stagnant, compacted oil, or blocked meibomian glands in general, is a good candidate for this device. When you begin noticing the oil glands decreasing, it’s so important to begin using this device and prevent them from closing. If they’re closed and blocked for long enough, the glands begin to atrophy. NuLids helps to remove biofilm from the eyelid margins, remove bacteria, and clear blockages that may be preventing oil from being released from the glands.
In fact, small studies found that the NuLids device improved symptoms in 50 percent of people within 30 days and improved oil gland function in 80 percent of people within that same time period. This is truly remarkable!
In addition to NuLids, eyelid hygiene in general should be started early. Even teens and younger children are beginning to have issues with their meibomian glands, and it’s never too early. Similar to brushing your teeth every single day, it can be very simple and effective to cleanse your eyelids daily with something like hypochlorous acid.
Is NuLids Dangerous? Contraindications of NuLids
According to their website, “NuLids should not be used on cold sores, herpes, active styes (chalazion), open wounds, fungal infections, skin disorders such as rosacea, seborrheic dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, raised moles, warts or any other skin inflammation, redness, irritation or infected skin.” If you have incredibly inflamed eyes and eyelids, NuLids will not be the best option for you right out of the gate. It’s much better to tamper the inflammation first with diet, hydration, eyelid hygiene, and other methods before using this device.
NuLids Cost and Where to Buy NuLids
NuLids can be purchasedon our website or on the NuSight Medical website. You can expect to pay between $300-500 for your device, and this varies depending on the number of disposable tips that you purchase along with the device. In addition to this, several eye doctors do have this device available in their office. If you’d like to have your doctor participate in the program, make sure to contact NuSight Medical and let them know.
NuLids Device by NuSight Medical Plus 30 Tips
NuLids Tips by NuSight Medical
If you’d like to visit Dr. Olkowski’s office at EyeSight Hawaii, give them a call at 808-735-1935 orvisit their website.
About Dr. Olkowski
Dr. Olkowski is the founder and chief surgeon of EyeSight Hawaii. He is a fellowship-trained corneal surgery specialist practicing in Hawaii since 1990. He has performed thousands of laser vision correction surgeries, even on other LASIK surgeons. He is experienced in dry eye treatment, corneal, cataract and laser vision correction surgeries including LASIK, PRK and VisianICL surgery.
Away from his work, Dr. Olkowski's interests include:
Oil painting still-lifes and landscapes. He has entered his works in the Artists of Hawaii competition at the Honolulu Academy of Art, and he displays his paintings in his office.
Cooking – mostly Italian, but he will give a try at almost anything.
Sports (to work off the cooking) – tennis, running, swimming, crossfit and weight training.
Walks with his wife, Tina, his children, Kirk and Erika, and their dogs, Roxy and Max.