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LipiFlow - New Treatment for Dry Eyes
Dry eye patients now have a new treatment option that could drastically improve their symptoms for as long as two years. LipiFlow is an in-office procedure that gently heats and massages the meibomian glands located within the eyelids.
Background of MGD
Meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) can be caused by several factors. The glands within the eye produce oils every time you blink. The oil combines with tears to keep the eye hydrated and healthy. Several factors cause MGD, including poor diet, lack of hydration, systemic diseases, environmental factors, or genetics. Healthy glands become clogged and tears evaporate much quicker than normal. Symptoms of this condition include excessive watering, redness, blurred vision, or irritation along the lid margin.
Until now, we gave treated MGD with eyelid scrubs, heat and medications. With the use of LipiFlow, symptoms of dry eye improve for a longer period of time. LipiFlow is minimally invasive and completely painless. Long-term drops or ointments can be expensive and may not fully address the symptoms. This therapy addresses the root cause of MGD.
Details about LipiFlow
A small device surrounding the lids gently applies heat and will express any blocked glands. The procedure is painless and takes about 12 minutes. Results can last anywhere from 1 to 5 years. For more information on LipiFlow, click here to email one of our dry eye coordinators.