LipiFlow®—The only FDA-approved treatment procedure that opens and clears oil glands, allowing them to regain production of the oils needed for healthy tears.
One 12-minute treatment can offer relief for up to three years.
What Is Lipiflow?
Lipiflow is a revolutionary new technology from Tear Science and Johnson & Johnson Vision, that uses heated massage of the eyelids to eliminate blockages in the meibomian glands. The Lipiflow procedure sends constant soft pressure in pulses over the 12-minute treatment program. These pulses use heat to break down the clogged glands. Once the glands are unclogged, oil will reach the eye and prevent tears from drying out too quickly.
Our Dry Eye Doctor Can Help!
Our optometrist, Dr. Cohan, has invested heavily in the absolute latest and most effective treatment options for Dry Eyes. The lipiflow is a highly specialized equipment that allows amazing results for patients with chronic dry eyes due to MGD (Meibomian Gland Dysfunction).
Our Optometrist will use different testing methods such as the InflammaDry rapid testing and the Oculus Keratograph with Meibography to have an accurate understanding of the reasons for your symptoms. If our eye doctor attributes your symptoms to Meibomian Gland Dysfunction, he may advise you to undergo treatment with the Lipiflow to clear out the blockages in your meibomian glands.
While MGD may be one of the causes of your symptoms, in many cases there are multiple reasons for your condition, in which case Lipiflow may be combined with one or more of the following treatment options.
- Finding the right brand and formulation of artificial tears or prescription eye drops (oil or water-based).
- Prescribing Steroid Eye Drops, Antibiotics or Lubricant Inserts.
- Inserting Punctal Plugs—to plug the tear drainage ducts and keep the tear film intact on the surface of the eye.
- At home warm compress therapy such as Bruder eye mask or D.E.R.M.
- Blephex eyelid exfoliation for Blepharitis.
- Medication such as Restasis and Xiidra.
- Changing contact lenses to either daily disposables or scleral lenses.
- Comprehensive guidance on how to live your life in order to minimize discomforts, such as supplements and removing environmental irritants such as dry heat in your home and smoke.
What are the treatment options for Dry Eyes?
In order to tell if you have dry eye – what our office does is thorough dry eye evaluation.
1) It starts with an image of your meibomian glands, which are the oil glands. It’s easy black and white picture – an infrared machine takes it for us.
2) We also look at what’s called the non-invasive tear break-up time, which is where you blink your eyes and open; it measures how long you can keep your eyes open. Basically, when you get your car waxed, the water beads up. So we’re checking to see how long the tears last on your eyes.
3) What we do is called Inflammadry. What Inflammadry (a lab test) does is that we look at your tears and measure how much inflammation is going on on the surface or our eyes. Those three tests, as well as a thorough slit lamp evaluation with fluorescein dye allows us to really assess and treat the best mode of treatment for your dry eye condition.
Whether it’s not enough tears, whether it’s giving you certain eye drops, whether it’s giving you certain anti-inflammatory eye drops. In milder to severe dry eye cases we actually use a placement of an amniotic membrane for 3 days on each eye to heal the surface. We also treat meibomian gland dysfunction at our office with a procedure called Lipiflow.
Lipiflow is a 12 minute easy treatment – it’s almost like a warm eyelid massage. You close your eyes for 12 minutes and we put the special applicators on your eyes. It’s been FDA approved for 6 years and it works phenomenally well.
Every treatment lasts at least 1 to 2 years without having to repeat it. And then we also use it in conjunction lid wipes to clean the eyes for a little hygiene everyday. We also do procedure in our office called BlephEx which cleans the eyelid margins beforehand. We do that a week before the Lipiflow to really maximize the best results.
Don’t Let Dry Eyes Get in Your Way of Life!
Common Questions About Lipiflow®
Is Lipiflow® Covered By Insurance?
Lipiflow® is not covered by medical or vision insurance at this time.
How Long Do the Effects of Treatment Last?
While Lipiflow® is not a cure, patients will generally require follow-up treatments from 1.5-3 years after the initial treatment. However, patients with more aggressive cases of MGD may require follow up treatments more regularly.
Is Lipiflow® Painful?
Lipiflow is generally considered a painless procedure, however, every person is different and some people may experience redness and even slight swelling immediately following the procedure. If the irritation does not go away within 24 hours, please call our office to discuss your symptoms.
Video Explaining MGD
See Video “Lipiflow Mechanisms of Action” On How Lipiflow Works to Clear Blocked Ducts.