In the following Lipiflow treatment FAQ, our optometrists answer the most frequently asked questions about the Lipiflow. 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, or itchy eyes. It also helps for light sensitive eyes, tired eyes, red eyes, chronic eye irritation, evaporative dry eye disease, dry eye syndrome, eye fatigue, and intolerance to contact lenses.
Lipiflow is an in-office treatment that uses a thermal pulsation to remove Meibomian gland blockages.
What Are Meibomian Glands?
Meibomian glands are embedded in the upper and lower eyelids and produce 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). MGD is chronic, progressive, and not always felt at the beginning and is present in almost 90% of dry eye patients.
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What is Lipiscan?
During our clinical examination, we will use several devices to diagnose MGD, once of which is Lipiscan. The Lipiscan device scans your Meibomian gland, giving our doctors a high definition image of the problem area.
How Does the Lipiflow Treatment Work?
Lipiflow “activators” are single use devices that are placed on the eye and comfortably deliver a combination of heat and massage. This helps remove blockages from the Meibomian glands.
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How Long Does a Lipiflow Treatment Take?
A typical Lipiflow treatment lasts for 12 minutes.
What Is the Lipiflow Recovery Time?
You can resume normal activities immediately following treatment.
Does Lipiflow Treatment Hurt?
To minimize any minor discomfort, your doctor will instill one drop of topical anesthetic in each eye.
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How Effective Is Lipiflow?
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. For additional information, see this Review of Ophthalmology article entitled, What To Expect from Your Dry-Eye Device.
Is Lipiflow Follow-Up Assessment Required?
Lipiflow results are typically assessed at your next eye exam.
Is Lipiflow Safe?
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.
Will Lipiflow Cure Dry Eye Syndrome?
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.
Where Can I Get Lipiflow Treatments?
The Lipiflow treatment procedure is now offered through our Unionville dry eye clinic in Markham, Ontario.
Does Insurance Cover Lipiflow Treatment?
Lipiflow insurance is available only through plans that include flex dollars.
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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. For more information about Lipiflow or to schedule an appointment, please: Contact our eye doctors online, Send us an email… Or call our Markham optometry clinic at 1–905-477-4488