Dry Eye is one of the most common problems treated by eye physicians, and can worsen over time if left untreated. Symptoms of dry eye can be a sandy or gritty feeling, chronic redness, blurred vision, constant watering, and/or the inability to comfortably wear your contacts for more than three to four hours.
86% of dry eyes is caused by meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD). Meibomian glands are located within the upper and lower eyelids and produce oils to protect the tear film. Over time, the oil can thicken and harden, blocking the glands, limiting oil production, and leaving the tear film exposed.
This oil helps protect the surface of the eye from disease and prevents the watery part of the tears from evaporating when your eyes are open. Without these oils, the eyes become more susceptible to negative effects from things like dry climates, air conditioning, computer use, reading, and other daily activities
If your eyes are dry due to gland dysfunction, then treatment with the LipiFlow system is recommended, the goal of the treatment is to improve the meibomian gland function and stop gland loss.
LipiFlow provides a thermal pulsation massage that will help break down and massage out all the natural oils that are clogged, so your glands will start properly expressing oils.
Once treatment is completed, the production of natural oils will resume over the following weeks, and the symptoms of dry eye should fade away. Results typically last about one year, but many patients have experienced extended relief from dry eye. LipiFlow® cannot cure dry eye, so repeated treatments may be necessary in the future.