LipiFlow therapy is a cutting edge, in-office treatment for dry eye syndrome that uses a thermal pulsation system to address one of the root causes of dry eyes: meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD)!
What Are Meibomian Glands
In all likelihood, you’ve never heard of meibomian glands, but they play an extremely important role in ensuring the health of your eyes. Meibomian glands run across the edges of your upper eyelids and lower eyelids. These glands release the oil that coats your eyes and tear film, and the oil from the glands plays helps ensure that your tears do not evaporate too quickly.
What Is Meibomian Gland Dysfunction
Meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) – which occurs when the glands become blocked – is at the root cause of an estimated 80% of dry eye syndrome cases. If the meibomian glands become blocked, they prevent oil from flowing properly. Without an adequate flow of oil, your tear film can become damaged, resulting in dry eyes.
How Does LipiFlow Work
LipiFlow works by warming and massaging the insides of your eyelids, in order to restore the flow of oil. Before the LipiFlow procedure, your eyes are numbed, with the use of anesthetic eye drops.
How Many LipiFlow Treatments Will You Need
The amount of LipiFlow treatments that you’ll need will depend on a number of factors, but one LipiFlow treatment will generally provide relief for up to twelve months. It’s important to note, however, that it can take four to eight weeks after a LipiFlow treatment to experience the highest level of symptom relief.
Mild To Moderate Dry Eye Syndrome
In general, LipiFlow can be effective for treating mild to moderate dry eye syndrome.
For more severe cases of dry eye syndrome, IPL therapy could be a better option.
For more information about LipiFlow treatment, or to schedule a consultation with an eye doctor, contact the eye care specialist that’s near you!