Learn More About the Leading Treatment for Chronic Dry Eyes
Over 30 million people in the U.S. suffer from the daily discomfort of dry eyes. For many, it is not due to a lack of tear production, but rather, a problem found in the inner eye glands. Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD) is one of the leading causes of chronic dry eye and is a result of an abnormality in your Meibomian gland located in your eyelid.
MGD is commonly due to a blockage in your glands that causes it to secrete less essential oils into your tear film, which protects and stabilizes the ocular surface. This results in your eyes feeling dry, itchy, and uncomfortable.
Most Common Symptoms of MGD:
- Burning eyes
- Dry eyes
- Itchy eyes
- Blurred vision
- Sharp eye pain
- Intolerance to contact lenses
- Light sensitivity
At LaserVue Eye Center, we proudly offer LipiFlow treatments, as the leading therapy for MGD and dry eyes. Read on to learn more about this revolutionary dry eye treatment and some of the many questions we receive from patients about Lipiflow, before committing to this treatment.
Frequently Asked Questions about the LipiFlow Dry Eye Treatment
LipiFlow therapy is designed to treat the root of the problem rather than simply alleviating the symptoms. This treatment utilizes cutting-edge technology to gently clear blockages found in the Meibomian glands of your eyelids allowing your eyes to produce the oils your eyes require for comfort.
1. What is the LipiFlow Treatment Like?
LipiFlow is a non-invasive and natural solution to dry eyes and MDG. The treatment is specifically designed to remove blockages from your eyelid gland through applied heat and gentle massage. This can restore its ability to naturally produce the lipid oils your eyes require.
LipiFlow therapy only requires one office visit to complete the treatment and only takes up to 12 minutes per eye.
2. How Long Does it Take to See Results From LipiFlow?
Normal gland function usually returns 6-8 weeks after your LipiFlow procedure. Many LaserVue patients experience instant relief from dry eyes with one LipiFlow treatment.
3. How Long Does One LipiFlow Treatment Last?
LipiFlow treatments can deliver long-lasting relief from dry eyes and Meibomian Gland Dysfunction. On average patients report up to two years of relief from one LipiFlow treatment, but individual results may vary.
4. Do LipiFlow Treatments Hurt?
The LipiFlow procedure is safe and painless, and most patients report little to no discomfort during their treatment. The LipiFlow device is designed to prevent contact with your cornea and inhibit any transfer of heat or pressure onto the eyeball itself. This protects the structure of your eye and results in a pain-free and overall comfortable experience for most patients.
5. What is Recovery Like After a LipiFlow Treatment?
The LipiFlow dry eye treatment requires no downtime for recovery or any complicated aftercare instructions. You may return to your usual activities immediately following your LipiFlow treatment, including wearing make-up and contact lenses. Your ophthalmologist may prescribe lubricating eye drops which you should use in accordance with their instructions.
6. Is LipiFlow Right For Me?
LipiFlow has changed the lives of thousands of Bay Area patients, but determining if this dry eye treatment is right for you will require an assessment by an Ophthalmologist. Diagnosis of MGD involves a careful evaluation of the overall performance of your Meibomian gland to determine if you would benefit from LipiFlow treatment.
Contact LaserVue Eye Center to Learn if LipiFlow Dry Eye Treatment is Right for You
If you are experiencing the chronic symptoms of dry eyes or other MGD symptoms, you are not alone. Take the first step towards optimal eye health and find long-term relief from dry eyes with a thorough eye exam from our board-certified ophthalmologist at LaserVue Eye Center.
Schedule a LipiFlow Consultation at LaserVue Eye Center online today.