LipiFlow is an advanced, FDA-approved device used for treating MGD ( meibomian Gland Dysfunction. LipiFlow® works by restoring oil production in the eye’s tear film. When your eye lacks a sufficient amount of oils, your tears (from the aqueous water layer) evaporate at a rapid rate, which ultimately leads to a form of dry eye called evaporative dry eye. This is the most common form of dry eye and is often underdiagnosed. If you have suffered from Dry Eye symptoms, it is highly likely you have MGD and the long-term effects can lead to permanent damage. Early detection is essential. Ask an eye care professional near you who can evaluate your gland structure and function.
Below are some symptoms displayed by patients with (MGD) meibomian gland dysfunction and we treat these effectively with LipiFlow Thermal Pulsation.
The process uses controlled heat with adaptive pressure to encourage the production of oils in the tear film. This procedure was designed to minimize patient discomfort during a 12 minute in-office treatment that most patients describe as a gently massaging of the eye lids. The entire treatment takes 12 minutes and, as normal gland function recovers, maximum results are usually experienced 6-8 weeks after treatment. LipiFlow® requires no down-time or recovery period, and most people are back to work and normal activities shortly after the treatment. Our dry eye specialist may prescribe a combination of drops, ointments and omega-3 supplements in addition to the use of warm compresses and blinking exercises.
Our dry eye specialists will perform a series of diagnostic tests to evaluate gland performance and the health of your gland secretions. This will help to determine the root cause of Dry Eye Disease. You can assess your Dry Eye symptoms by filling out our dry eye evaluation questionnaire here:
A series of other simple test can be performed at a dry eye consultation. If our optometrists determine MGD or Blephiritis as the cause, they will recommend immediate treatment using LipiFlow. If you have MGD, LipiFlow may be an optimal treatment to ensure long-term eye health and to alleviate Dry Eye and MGD symptoms.
Most insurance plans do not cover the cost of LipiFlow, however, payment plans are available. Every patient will have a different experience depending on the severity of their MGD/Blepharitis, however normally patients will undergo treatment every 2 years.
The procedure has minimal discomfort. But generally, there may be a few side effects from the treatment, and patients leave feeling refreshed. However, this depends greatly on how advanced your blockage is, and in some cases, patients may experience redness, soreness, or stinging the day of the treatment.
Schedule an appointment with our dry eye specialist to learn more about the lipiflow treatment.