Introducing New LipiFlow Treatment for Dry Eye Sufferers
Eye Care Specialists of Florida is now offering a new, breakthrough treatment for dry eye sufferers.
If you are experiencing eye burning, dryness, irritation, light sensitivity, vision fluctuations, contact lens intolerance, and eye fatigue, you may be a candidate for a new treatment called LipiFlow.
Of millions of people in the US that suffer from dry eye, a majority have Meibomian Gland Dysfunction or MGD, which stems from a deficiency in the oily lipid layer of the eye's tear film. The lipid deficiency is due to blockages in the Meibomian glands located in the eyelids. The lipids serve to protect the water (aqueous) layer of tears so that the tears do not evaporate too quickly.
Treat the Cause of Your Dry Eye
LipiFlow is intended for the application of localized heat and pressure in adult patients with Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD), also known as evaporating dry eye or lipid deficient dry eye.
Unlike traditional treatments (e.g., warm compress, wetting drops, and ointments) that address dry eye symptoms, LipiFlow treats the root cause, the obstructed Meibomian glands. If left untreated, dry eye can lead to further ocular deterioration and additional problems. Meibomian gland dysfunction is involved in a number of eye problems, such as dry eyes, blepharitis, and a condition called Sjogren's syndrome. You may experience itchy eyes, red eyes, a gritty feeling, excessive tearing, sensitivity to light, blurred vision, and difficulty wearing contacts or driving at night when suffering from this condition.
The goal of unblocking the glands is to allow them to resume their natural production of lipids required for a healthy tear film. LipiFlow treatment can only be provided by a licensed physician.
How LipiFlow Works:
- 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 an in-office procedure that takes approximately 12 minutes. Both eyes can be treated simultaneously.
What to Expect from LipiFlow
In a controlled clinical trial, a majority of patients treated with LipiFlow reported an improvement in overall dry eye symptoms at 4 weeks post-treatment.
You would not be a candidate for LipiFlow if you recently had eye surgery, eye injury, herpes of the eye, or chronic eye inflammation. LipiFlow may not fit all eyes. Possible side effects from LipiFlow include redness, burning, stinging, discharge, blurred vision, dryness, and sensitivity to light. Talk to your doctor about the benefits, safety, and risks of LipiFlow.
Visit Our Ophthalmology Team in Kissimmee for Dry Eye Treatment
If dry eye is hindering you from the activities you love, we are here to help. Please contact us at 407-483-0328 to schedule an appointment for a dry eye assessment. We are here to help you with all your vision health needs.