The new home-use medical device was unveiled at the American Optometric Association meeting held at Denver in Colorado. As it is compact and cordless, NuLids can be carried by the user anywhere.

According to NuSight Medical, NuLids improves dry eye clinical signs and symptoms by gently stimulating, de-capping, and rejuvenating the meibomian glands to a healthier condition.

The company claims the NuLids System to be a natural method to considerably improve tear stability and retention time by increasing the output of the meibomian glands.

NuSight Medical president & CEO Rob Foster said: “Patients benefit from improved tear film stability, comfort, and lubrication that combat dry eye. Doctors gain an important therapy while helping to build their practice.

“And, because NuLids is sold only through licensed eye care practitioners, doctors are in control of the therapy while patients perform the treatment at home, improving practice efficiency.”

The ophthalmic care company said that the NuLids System showed an improvement of 65% in tear breakup time and an improvement in meibomian glands yielding liquid secretions in a recently held multi-center clinical study.

Further, the company claimed that most of the patients said that they had experienced a two-fold improvement in their dry eye symptoms after using the device daily for two weeks.

NuSight Medical said that NuLids takes only a minute per day to use and patient get adapted to the simple routine quickly. It is claimed to be economical as it cuts down the necessity for expensive over-the-counter lubricants, tears and gels.

The company further said that the device uses a soft, daily disposable that gently massages the eye lids while promoting good hygiene. However, the device should not be used more than once a day, warns NuSight Medical as it could make the eye lids sensitive and cause redness, discomfort, or swelling around the eye.

As per NuSight Medical, dry eye is known to affect more than one third of Americans and is a prime reason for visits to the eye doctor. The condition is caused by a chronic lack of sufficient lubrication and moisture on the eye surface, said the company.