LipiFlow® (for Dry Eye)
What is Dry Eye?
Your eyes produce the “right” type of tears, or tear film, in order to remain healthy and comfortable. Sometimes, a person’s eyes stop producing these tears, resulting in something called “dry eye”.
Did you know that in the United States dry eye is a common condition, most often affecting people who are middle-aged and older? In fact, it is estimated that 4.88 million Americans from 50 and older have dry eyes.
Dry eye has a variety of symptoms, including burning, redness, foreign body sensation and even fluctuating blurring of vision.
The LipiFlow® Thermal Pulsation System is a drug-free mechanism of action that uses a console and a single-use sterile device, known as the Activator. The procedure uses the Vector Thermal Pulse Technology™(VTP). This system applies heat and peristaltic motion to the eyelid with the effect of removing gland obstructions and stagnant gland content. The end result is a more constant flow of tears to your eye.
How the LipiFlow System Works:
- There is an initial anesthetic drop, whereafter no drugs are required for the procedure.
- The LipiFlow system then administers therapeutic energies to the meibomian glands. This stimulates tears, while safeguarding the structure of your eye.
- The result is that the obstructed meibum is liquefied, pushed up and removed from your eye.
For more information about the LipiFlow System, or to schedule an appointment to see if it is right for you, call 541.683.2020.