If you are experiencing blurred vision, excessive tearing, redness, itching, burning, eye pain and fatigue you may besuffering from Dry Eye Disease. If left untreated dry eye symptoms can worsen over time. There are two main causes of dry eye syndrome aqueous tear deficiency ( low tear production) and evaporative dry eye ( increased evaporation of tears).
Evaporative Dry Eyes Caused by Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD)
An estimated 86% of the 100 million dry eye sufferers worldwide have evaporative dry eye1, which stems from a deficiency in the oily lipid layer of the tear film. The lipids serve to protect the aqueous layer of tears and keep it from evaporating too quickly. The lipid deficiency is commonly due to blockages in the Meibomian glands caused by MGD. North Georgia Eye Clinic has recently adopted a new, breakthrough system for treating evaporative dry eye: The Lipiflow Thermal Pulsation System.
LipiFlow Treats the Cause of Evaporative Dry Eye
LipiFlow is intended for the application of localized heat and pressure in adult patients with Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD), also known as evaporative dry eye or lipid deficient dry eye. Unlike traditional dry eye treatments (warm compresses, wetting drops, ointments) that address symptoms, LipiFlow treats the root cause, the obstructed Meibomian glands. The goal of unblocking the glands is to allow them to resume their natural production of lipids required for a healthy tear film.
How LipiFlow Works:
- LipiFlow is a 12-minute in-office procedure. Both eyes can be treated simultaneously.
- LipiFlow uses a disposable eyepiece to apply controlled heat to the inner eyelids and intermittent gentle pressure to the outer eyelid.
- LipiFlow facilitates the release of lipids from the blocked Meibomian glands allowing the natural flow of lipids to resume.
Lipiflow is not painful and patients are good to resume their normal activities right after the treatment. Research has shown 79% of patients experience improvement in their symptoms 4 weeks after treatment. Learn more about Lipiflow by watching the video below, then ask your doctor if Lipiflow is right for you!
Dry Eye and MGD? from TearScience on Vimeo.