In the following Lipiflow FAQ, our optometrists answer the most frequently asked questions about the Lipiflow treatment.
A Lipiflow Thermal Pulsation device is a safe, relatively new piece of technology that optometrists use to treat patients with dry eye problems. Our Unionville dry eye clinic in Markham Ontario now offers Lipiflow treatment for dry eye patients.
You may be a candidate for Lipiflow if you suffer from dry eye, watery eyes, burning eyes, scratchy eyes, sandy eyes, itchy eyes, light sensitive eyes, tired eyes, red eyes, chronic eye irritation, evaporative dry eye disease, dry eye syndrome, eye fatigue, or intolerance to contact lenses.
Lipiflow is an in-office treatment that uses a thermal pulsation to remove Meibomian gland blockages.
Meibomian glands are imbedded in the upper and lower eyelids, producing the oily layer of our tears. It is common for Meibomian glands to become blocked, which inhibits their function. Inadequate gland function means low tear oil layer production, leaving the eye vulnerable to fast tear evaporation and dry eye. This is known as Meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) and it is chronic, progressive, and not always felt at the beginning. MGD is present in almost 90% of dry eye patients.
Lipiflow “activators” are single use devices that are placed on the eye and comfortably deliver a combination of heat and massage, removing blockages from the Meibomian glands.
A typical Lipiflow treatment lasts for 12 minutes.
You can resume normal activities immediately following treatment.
To minimize any minor discomfort, your doctor will instill one drop of topical anesthetic in each eye.
The Lipiflow removes blockages in your Meibomian glands. If your glands are blocked long enough, you will likely experience gland “dropout,” which means they die. Therefore, the purpose of Lipiflow is to protect your glands in the short and long term from “dropout” and inhibiting dry eye from progressing. Most symptomatic patients do report feeling better, however the goal is stop it from getting worse.
Lipiflow results are typically assessed at your next eye exam.
Lipiflow is non-invasive and FDA (USA) and CFIA (Canada) approved. The risks of Lipiflow are quite minimal. Following a Lipiflow treatment, you may experience some mild dryness for a day or two that is treated with artificial tears.
While there is no cure for dry eyes, the whole purpose of Lipiflow treatment is to help the Meibomian glands continue to produce lipids on their own, naturally. As lipid production becomes more regular, your dry eye symptoms should lessen.
The Lipiflow treatment procedure is now offered through our Unionville dry eye clinic in Markham, Ontario.
Lipiflow insurance is available only through plans that include flex dollars.
We hope this Lipiflow FAQ has been helpful. Please contact our Unionville dry eye clinic if you are interested in Lipiflow, suffer from dry eye, and/or any of the signs and symptoms associated with MGD.
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