What Is LipiFlow® Dry Eye Treatment?
LipiFlow® is an FDA-approved treatment for Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD), which causes dry eyes. People with MGD suffer from dry eyes because their Meibomian glands are blocked, preventing them from secreting enough oil. LipiFlow® works by warming up and massaging the inner and outer eyelids to fight those blockages in the Meibomian glands.
How Does LipiFlow® Work?
First, we apply anesthetic drops to your eye to ensure numbing. Once your eyes feel numb, we will place LipiFlow® activators both under and over your eyelids, without touching the surface of the eye. Then, for 12 minutes, the LipiFlow® system will provide both heat and pressure to the eyelids, to dissolve the blockages in your Meibomian glands.
How Long Does LipiFlow® Treatment Last?
LipiFlow® provides long-lasting results of up to two years. LipiFlow® should be accompanied by other skin rejuvenating and eye care treatments, including eye drops, eyelid scrubs, and more to ensure steady and longer-lasting results.
Is LipiFlow® Treatment Painful?
No, LipiFlow® is not a painful procedure. In fact, patients have compared it with a gentle massage to the eyelid. Remember, we apply anesthetic eye drops to your eyes to ensure they’re numb.
Additionally, the activators don’t make direct contact with your eye surface and release a safe amount of heat to your eyelid. Although you can experience a bit of discomfort after treatment, it will go away quickly.
Who Is a Good candidate for LipiFlow®?
Patients should undergo a comprehensive eye exam to determine if they suffer from tear ducts and gland blockage and are candidates for the treatment. Usually, patients diagnosed with Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD) and suffering from dry eyes, are candidates for the LipiFlow® procedure.