Chronic Dry Eye? Let’s Talk about LipiFlow!
- Posted on: Feb 14 2021
Dry eye syndrome is an uncomfortable condition that affects nearly 30 million Americans. In some cases, dry eye is temporary and caused by digital eye strain. Sometimes, it is an imbalance in the tear film that is to blame. Eye lubrication originates in the Meibomian glands of the eye, which secret oil, mucus, and water. If the ratio of these substances is thrown off, the eyes may become excessively dry and teary. Meibomian Gland Dysfunction is often caused by a blockage that prevents the adequate production of oil needed for a healthy tear film.
As a result of dry eyes, a person may experience:
- Itchy eyes
- Burning sensation
- Blurry vision
- A gritty sensation
- Intolerance for contact lenses
- Sharp eye pain
- Light sensitivity
At Roholt Vision Institute, we proudly offer LipiFlow as a beneficial therapy for Meibomian Gland Dysfunction. The technique works by unblocking the obstructed gland using cutting edge technology. Here, we answer a few common questions about this treatment.
What is the LipiFlow Treatment Like?
The LipiFlow procedure is non-invasive and very tolerable. During the brief treatment, mild heat and gentle massage are applied to the eyelid, restoring the ability to produce lipid oils for a healthy tear film. The treatment takes about 12 minutes per eye.
When will I see results from LipiFlow?
It is possible to experience some degree of relief within the first day or two after LipiFlow treatment. However, patients are told to expect meibomian gland function to return after 6 to 8 weeks.
How Long Will Results Last?
Every person’s anatomy and level of eye health is unique, as are lifestyle factors. On average, patients enjoy better tear film production and relief from chronically dry eyes for about two years. Individual results can vary. LipiFlow treatments can be repeated as necessary to maintain optimal glandular function.
Does LipiFlow Hurt?
The design of the LipiFlow device prevents contact with the cornea, the surface of the eyeball. The heat and massage also touch only the eyelid, where the meibomian gland is located. The protection of the eyeball and the use of gentle technologies make the LipiFlow procedure safe and painless. Having the small device applied to the eyelid can feel unusual, of course, but not painful.
What is LipiFlow Recovery Like?
There is no downtime associated with LipiFlow treatment, nor any complicated aftercare instructions. Patients are comfortable and free to return to normal activities, including wearing contact lenses and makeup, after their appointment. The doctor may suggest using lubricating eye drops for a short time.
Dry eye syndrome need not be a daily nuisance. Contact a Roholt Vision Institute near you to schedule a consultation with an experienced ophthalmologist.
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