LipiFlow and Meibomian Gland Dysfunction
Many individuals who suffer from dry eyes, may have Meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD). MGD occurs when tiny glands in the eyelids, both top, and bottom, become clogged. Once these glands are clogged, they are unable to properly lubricate and protect the eye’s tear layer from evaporation.
In a healthy eye, pressure from a blink produces a small amount of oil from the meibomian gland. The oil is then distributed over the eyes to prevent your tears from evaporating.
In order for your eye to function properly, your meibomian and tear glands need to work together. As digital devices are apart of our daily lives, we often forget to blink. The blinking action is how our meibomian glands produce these healthy oils. If our glands are left untreated, they will reduce oil production and eventually dry out. Once a gland has atrophied completely, the function is lost permanently.
LipiFlow is a drug-free approach that helps revitalizes your blocked glands. It’s a 12-minute in-office procedure that is FDA approved. LipiFlow is a treatment that works in 89% of dry eye patient who are affected by MGD.
LipiFlow Activators are single-use sterile devices that safely and comfortably deliver a combination of heat to the inner lids and simultaneous therapeutic motion to the outer lids, removing blockages from the Meibomian glands. The Activators are contoured to avoid contact with the cornea, protecting the delicate structures of the eye.
Once the gland blockages are removed, the glands can resume normal oil or lipid production. This oil is essential for a healthy tear film, providing stable vision and ocular comfort. As normal gland function recovers, maximum results are usually experienced 6-8 weeks after treatment.
If your eyes are dry, you may be a candidate for LipiFlow. Schedule an appointment with us today to gain comfort!