For those patients diagnosed with Meibomian Gland Dysfunction, a type of dry eye condition that affects up to 86% of dry eye patients, a new treatment is now available using thermal pulsation to open blocked glands and restore a healthy ocular surface.
The LipiFlow Thermal Pulsation technology applies heat to the inner eye lids and gentle pressure, releasing lipids from the Meibomian glands. The procedure is fast, virtually painless, and can be done right here in Dr. Smallman's office.
- The LipiFlow Activator is a disposable eye piece that is inserted under your lower and upper eye lid and is shaped to prevent contact with your cornea.
- Once in place, you simply recline in the treatment chair and experience the 12-minute procedure.
- At each sitting a combination of directed heat and pulsatile pressure helps relieve blockage of the Meibomian glands.
Opening the blocked glands will help your body to resume its natural production of tear film oil.
It provides sustained relief through improved gland function, allowing them to produce the oils required for a healthy tear film. Other treatments require daily and sometimes even hourly attention to keep your Dry Eye under control.
In a clinical study of patients who received a single LipiFlow treatment, 79% of the patients, after one month, reported improvement in their dry eye symptoms. Additionally meibomian gland function increased by 307%.
LipiFlow Thermal Pulsation is a powerful step in managing Dry Eye disease, providing symptom relief and helping stop the cycle of Dry Eye deterioration and worsening symptoms.