With LipiFlow, Treat a Common Cause of Evaporative Dry Eye
The LipiFlow Thermal Pulsation System is a significant technological shift in the approach to Meibomian Gland Dysfunction and Evaporative Dry Eye, allowing for the treatment of blockages of the eyelid (meibomian) glands during an office visit. Opening and clearing blocked glands allows the body to resume the natural production of lipids (oils) needed for the tear film.
For the first time, the LipiFlow’s single-use eyepiece allows controlled application of warmth and pressure to the eyelids, treating the affected meibomian glands in the upper and lower lids simultaneously. The device is designed to facilitate removal of the meibomian gland blockage without damage to glands or negative impact to delicate structures of the eye.
How LipiFlow Works
LipiFlow utilizes technology to control heat to the inner eyelid surface (close to the location of the meibomian glands) and intermittent pressure to the outer eyelid surface, to facilitate release of lipid from the cystic meibomian glands.
The eyepiece contacts the outer eyelid and contains a soft, flexible bladder that intermittently inflates to provide controlled pressure to the eyelids. The revolutionary application of heat to the inner surface of the lid is intended to provide heat close to the location of the glands.
The procedure takes 12 minutes for each eye and is performed in the doctor’s office. In a clinical study, 76% of patients reported improvement of their symptoms within two weeks.