We often see patients who suffer with Dry Eye syndrome, a condition which can significantly affect your overall quality of life.
Typical signs include redness, sensitivity to light, discharge, watery eyes, inflamed eyelids, and a gritty sensation in your eyes — all of which can get worse when exposed to dry environments, air conditioning, or when staring at a digital screen for long periods of time. This can make it difficult to carry out everyday activities or tolerate contact lenses.
The main cause of Dry Eye syndrome is Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD), which accounts for 90% of cases in the US.
Understanding Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD)
MGD is a chronic (long-term) condition that blocks the tiny Meibomian glands that line the margin of your eyelids. These glands release oil that lubricates your eyes and prevents the water component of your tears from evaporating. Consequently, when the Meibomian glands are blocked, your tears evaporate too quickly, causing Dry Eye syndrome.
While there is no permanent cure for Dry Eye syndrome, there are ways to relieve your symptoms by targeting MGD. One of the most effective solutions we can offer is the revolutionary LipiFlow treatment.
What is LipiFlow?
LipiFlow is a safe, quick, and non-invasive treatment that uses technology called vectored thermal pulsation to deliver gentle heat and pressure which massage the inner rims and massage the outer rims of your eyelids. This helps to remove blockages in your Meibomian glands.
Before your treatment begins, one of our experienced eye doctors will apply numbing eye drops to help reduce any discomfort, and protective devices will be placed on your eyes to protect them. The treatment will then begin, taking only 12 minutes to complete.
You can then go about your day as normal without your vision being impacted.
Many of our patients feel the effects of LipiFlow immediately, and experience fully successful outcomes from treatment within 6-8 weeks.
The relief provided by LipiFlow treatment has been shown to last up to 2 years, allowing you to enjoy life and wear contact lenses without suffering with persistent Dry Eye symptoms. However, as this is a chronic condition, you will likely need to repeat LipiFlow treatment in the future.
Get in touch
If you’re interested in learning more about LipiFlow or would like to book an appointment, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Our expert eyecare professionals are happy to answer any of your questions.