LipiFlow® Thermal Pulsation System
In Utah’s dry climate it is very common for people to experience symptoms of dry eye. Dry eye is often treated with prescription eye drops, punctal plugs, Restasis and warm compresses. If you are patient who has suffered from moderate to severe dry eye and tried numerous treatments with little symptom relief, you may be a great candidate for the revolutionary LipiFlow® Thermal Pulsation System, now available at The Eye Institute of Utah!
How does the LipiFlow® treatment work?
LipiFlow® works by restoring oil production in the eye’s tear film. When your eye lacks a sufficient amount of oils, your tears (from the aqueous water layer) evaporate at a rapid rate, which ultimately leads to a form of dry eye called evaporative dry eye. This is the most common form of dry eye and is often underdiagnosed. The LipiFlow® Thermal Pulsation System is a 12 minute, in-office treatment that uses applied heat and massaging pressure to your eyelids, helping to loosen and release hardened oils that are clogged in the meibomian glands in the eyelid, restoring normal oil flow.
How do I find out if I’m a candidate?
In order to determine if you suffer from evaporative dry eye and are a candidate for LipiFlow®, your doctor must do a thorough evaluation on your tear film, meibomian glands, blink quality and evaluate the frequency and severity of your dry eye symptoms. You can also take our SPEED Questionnaire to see if you may qualify for LipiFlow®. To schedule an appointment or to learn more about dry eye, call us at 800-760-4171.
Your doctor may need to perform a screening on your eyes using the LipiView® Ocular Surface Interferometer, which utilizes advanced imaging to precisely measure the lipid (oil) layer of your tear film. LipiView® also evaluates the frequency and quality of your blinking. This test can be essential in determining whether or not you are a candidate for the LipiFlow® Thermal Pulsation System. Although the dry eye evaluation is covered by most medical insurances, the LipiView® screening is not, and will require a $95 fee, due on the day of the evaluation.
What to Expect After Treatment
LipiFlow® requires no down-time or recovery period, and most people are back to work and normal activities shortly after the treatment. Many patients experience symptom relief within the first two weeks, while patients with more severe dry eye may take three months or longer before they feel noticeable relief from dry eye symptoms.
Your doctor may prescribe a combination of drops, ointments and omega-3 supplements in addition to the use of warm compresses and blinking exercises. It is important to remember that dry eye is a chronic disease and that LipiFlow® is not a cure for the condition.