Treating the Root Cause of Dry Eye
LipiFlow provides a precise application of simultaneous heat and massage to the inner and outer eyelids. This 12 minute treatment performed in your doctor’s office is designed to remove blockages from the Meibomian glands, allowing them to properly function and produce the oils that make up the top protective lipid layer of the tear film.
This is good news for the overwhelming majority of patients who suffer from Dry Eye symptoms caused by Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD). Over time after treatment, the Meibomian glands may become blocked again due to infrequent blinking from modern lifestyles; thus, the oil in the glands tends to thicken and impedes proper oil production. If this occurs, repeat treatments may be required over the long-term.
If you suffer from Dry Eye symptoms, ask your eye care professional to check for MGD and find out more about treatment with LipiFlow.
An Answer for Millions with Dry Eye
There are over 340 million people worldwide who suffer from dry eye. Many have learned to live with the eye discomfort and have become dependent on drops or other treatment methods that offer short-term relief. This has been due to lack of understanding that a leading cause of dry eye is now understood to be Meibomian Gland Dysfunction.
Dry Eye and Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD) Treatment Options
Treating The Symptoms
Ocular lubricants, both over-the-counter and prescription, are used to provide temporary relief from Dry Eye by adding fluid to the eye.
Warm/Hot compress heat the eyelids from the front surface to provide temporary, short-term symptom relief.
Clearing the Meibomian glands from waxy build-up can allow the Meibomian glands to begin working.
Eyelid Maintenance Products
Eyelid scrubs remove debris from the eyelashes and lid margin.
Punctal plugs are inserted into the tear ducts, with a goal to holding tears on the eye.
Omega-3 Fish Oils
Omega-3 oils have been known to suppress inflammation or irritation in some Dry Eye patients.