LipiFlow® is a 12-minute treatment performed in your doctor’s office designed to remove blockages from the Meibomian glands, allowing them to properly function and produce the oils that make up the top protective top lipid layer of the tear film.
If you suffer from Dry Eye symptoms, ask your eye care professional to check for MGD and find out more about treatment with LipiFlow®.
The LipiFlow treatment takes about 20 minutes. On the same day prior to the treatment you will also have a Lipiscan and short examination which will take an additional 20 minutes.
The LipiFlow is done in the examination room in our office.
The LipiFlow provides controlled heat to the inner eyelid surface, close to the location of the meibomian oilglands, and light massage to the outer eyelid surface to facilitate release of the constipated lipid material from meibomian oil glands.
The primary goal of the LipiFlow treatment is for the patient to produce better quality tears and lubrication of your eyes.
Dr.Teather may recommend a follow up visit 2-3 months afterwards.
Mild cases may only require one treatment per year. Severe cases may necessitate several Lipiflow treatments over the course of the first year to get the meibomian oil glands flowing. This depends on how impacted your eyelid oil glands are, how long the problem has existed, how much inflammation exists in the glands, etc. In an effort to reduce the financial burden, Dr. Teather has reduced pricing for retreatments. Please ask our staff about the retreatment program.
A numbing eye drop (Proparacaine) is used, similar to when you have a routine eye exam and pressure check for glaucoma.
Not typically. You may feel a pressure like sensation. If you do have discomfort, please inform the technician and the treatment will be stopped.
Potential adverse effects that may occur as a result of the procedure are unusual but may include and are notlimited to: eyelid/eye pain requiring the discontinuation of the treatment procedure, eyelid irritation or inflammation (edema, bruising. blood blister, dermatitis, hordeolum or chalazion, Ocular surface irritation or inflammation (corneal abrasion, conjunctival edema)and other ocular symptoms (burning, stinging, tearing, itching, discharge, redness, foreign body sensation)
Anyone who had ocular surgery, ocular injury, herpes simplex and or shingles of eye or eyelid, infection, inflammation or history of chronic, recurrent ocular inflammation within 3 months prior. Eyelid abnormalities that affect lid function, ocular surface abnormality that may compromise corneal integrity may also be contraindicated.
There are no guarantees in practice of medicine, and Dr. Teather cannot guarantee elimination of all your dry eye symptoms with Lipiflow treatments. That being said, Dr.Teather treats every patient as if they were family and is confident Lipiflow is advantageous in the treatment of dry eyes.