Dry Eye Treatment with Lipiflow
At Norden Laser Eye Associates, we offer a full spectrum of services to keep your eyes healthy and functional. We use innovative and minimally invasive methods to treat a variety of common eye disorders, such as evaporative dry eye. We are pleased to introduce LipiFlow Thermal Pulsation Therapy, which can improve symptoms of dry eye in a single treatment.
If you struggle with uncomfortable dry eye symptoms such as dryness, burning, stinging, sensitivity to light or eye fatigue, we can help. We will identify the cause of your symptoms and accurately diagnose your condition. Then, we will determine whether LipiFlow is the appropriate treatment modality. With a single treatment, you could enjoy relief from dry eye symptoms.
More about Evaporative Dry Eye?
More than 100 million people suffer from dry eye. There are two forms of the condition: aqueous deficient dry eye and the more popular form called evaporative dry eye.
To understand evaporative dry eye, it’s important to have a basic appreciation of the meibomian eyelid glands and their role in maintaining a healthy eye surface. These glands produce the lipid (oily) layer of the eye’s tear film that keeps the tears from evaporating too quickly.
If the meibomian glands become inflamed or obstructed, they stop producing the lipids required for a healthy tear film. The eye’s tears start to evaporate too quickly, causing the uncomfortable symptoms that characterize evaporative dry eye syndrome.
Symptoms can include:
- Stinging or burning
- A feeling of a foreign body in the eye
- Sensitivity to light
- Eye fatigue
- Blurred vision
- Eye redness
- Eye discharged
Dry eye can affect a person’s ability to perform simple daily tasks, like driving, reading, using a computer or watching television. It can also make wearing contact lenses feel uncomfortable. Over time, the condition can worsen.
How LipiFlow Helps
Some people treat dry eye symptoms conservatively, using warm compresses and eye drops. However, results are usually short-lived.
The goal of LipiFlow treatment is to get to the root of the problem. LipiFlow clears the meibomian glands so they can resume their normal production of lipids and keep the tears from evaporating too quickly. To accomplish this, LipiFlow therapy relies on the application of localized heat and pressure to the eyelids. Treatment is non-invasive and can be performed at our office in just a few minutes.
If over-the-counter or prescription medications have not successfully addressed irritating or painful dry eye symptoms, LipiFlow may give you the relief you deserve
What Happens During Treatment?
During treatment, a disposable eyepiece is placed over the eyelids. It delivers controlled heat to the inner eyelid and intermittent gentle pressure to the outer eyelid. This combination opens the blocked glands and releases lipids from the blocked meibomian glands and promotes the natural flow of lipids. One clinical study showed that nearly 80 percent of patients saw an improvement in their dry eye symptoms after a single treatment. Depending on the severity of your specific condition, and how you respond to treatment, we may recommend a series of treatments. Side effects are rare and include redness, burning, stinging, discharge, dryness and light sensitivity. If you’re tired of the uncomfortable effects of dry eye, we encourage you to contact us to learn more about LipiFlow. Contact us today and schedule an informational consultation to discuss the treatment.