Radiofrequency (RF) is a treatment borrowed from dermatology, warming the skin to activate tissue response to address a variety of skin concerns. The heat released from RF treatment can melt oil clogged in the meibomian glands. Clogged glands can contribute to poor quality tears and meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD).
RF treatment is similar to IPL, as both are noninvasive, painless treatments that use heat to increase collagen. However, RF treatments do not cover the eye. Instead, the RF is applied directly to the upper eyelid. An optometrist treats each eye for 10–20 minutes, gently massaging along the eyelid area.