Schwartz Laser Eye Center is committed to staying at the leading edge of all advances in ophthalmological technique and technology to better serve our patients. Our team has recently started using a state-of-the-art system to give our patients suffering from dry eye symptoms substantial relief and comfort. Only a handful of practices in the country are offering the LipiFlow Thermal Pulsation System, and we are proud to be one of them.
How Does LipiFlow Work?
LipiFlow is designed for cases of evaporative dry eye caused by meibomian gland dysfunction. The meibomian glands are tiny glands in the eyelids that produce and secrete oils that help the tear film “stick” to the eye’s surface. If the glands become clogged, obstructed or otherwise malfunction, the tear film loses the oil it needs, and the tears evaporate too quickly off the surface of the eyes. This causes uncomfortable dry eye symptoms like burning, itching and sensitivity to light. According to TearScience, the company behind LipiFlow, meibomian gland dysfunction affects 86 percent of patients with dry eye.
LipiFlow works by applying heat and gentle pressure to unblock the meibomian glands and restore the natural oil flow to the eye’s surface. The treatment process is fast, and there is no downtime. The system has been cleared by the FDA for safety and effectiveness.
What to Expect during LipiFlow Treatment
LipiFlow treatment is a quick treatment that can be performed right in our office.
Besides the anesthetic drop used to numb the eyes, no drugs are required for treatment.
The LipiFlow device is placed under and over the eyelids and does not touch the eye’s surface. The device administers controlled heat and gentle pressure to the inside of the lids in a pulsing motion. This melts any oil that has hardened, blocks the glands, and clears out any debris from the glands. The glands are then able to resume secreting oil into the tear film, and tear stability is restored.
The entire treatment process takes about 12 minutes, and both eyes can usually be treated at the same time. Most patients feel the desired effects within a few weeks after treatment. The results last approximately two years.
FAQs about LipiFlow
Is LipiFlow safe?
Yes, the device has been approved by the FDA for safety.
Does LipiFlow treatment hurt?
No, LipiFlow treatment is not painful. Some patients feel heat and pressure, but not pain.
How do I schedule a visit for LipiFlow treatment?
Our team will perform a thorough evaluation of your eyes to determine whether you could benefit from LipiFlow treatment. If you do, we can schedule your treatment.
How many treatment sessions will I need?
The number of treatment sessions needed to achieve the desired results depends on the particular case. We can give you a more accurate estimate after evaluating you and your eyes.
Is LipiFlow Right for You?
To schedule a consultation with the team at Schwartz Laser Eye Center and discuss possible dry eye solutions, including LipiFlow, please call or email us today.