LipiView®, LipiFlow® & Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD)
You need not think about your eyes all of the time. Community Eye Center offers treatment options for Dry Eye which can reduce or eliminate the need for drops, compresses and other burdensome, time-consuming attempts to relieve symptoms.
Nearly 90% of patients with dry eye have Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD), also called Evaporated Dry Eye. This is a condition in which there is a blockage or some other abnormality of the meibomian glands; when this happens, these glands do not secrete enough lipid (oil) into the tears. Meibomian Gland Dysfunction is a treatable condition which can be diagnosed and treated using LipiView® and LipiFlow®.
To diagnose MGD, our doctors will evaluate the patient to determine if he or she is suffering from dry eye disease. During the patient’s evaluation, he or she will receive a comprehensive exam from our doctors and will answer a brief questionnaire. This questionnaire will help our doctors understand how the patient’s eyes feel from day-to-day.
If the doctor’s assessment shows that the patient is suffering from dry eye symptoms that are beyond mild and/or the eyes show signs symptoms of deterioration, our doctors will use LipiView® to evaluate the lipid (oil) layer on the patient’s eyes. LipiView® is a revolutionary technological imaging process that takes detailed images of the eye’s tear film to determine whether or not the patient is suffering from Evaporative Dry Eye caused by Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD).
Once a diagnosis of MGD is confirmed, our doctors may prescribe the use of LipiFlow Thermal Pulsation System for opening and clearing blocked glands. This allows the body to resume the natural production of lipids (oils) needed for the tear film.
LipiView®, LipiFlow® and Meibomian Gland Dysfunction FAQ
Q: Will chronic or severe dry eye continue to worsen with time?
A: Yes, chronic or severe dry eyes will only worsen with time. Some symptoms of deterioration can include:
- Increased evaporation of tears
- Unstable tear film
- Damage to the surface of the eye
- Inflammation and cell damage
- Fluctuation and decrease in vision
Q: How long does the LipiView® process take?
A: This non-invasive process takes less and 5 minutes and is much like a comprehensive eye exam.
Q: How does LipiFlow® work?
A: The LipiFlow® Activator (a disposable eyepiece) which is placed on the eye. Once it is on the eye, you will recline in the treatment chair and experience the 12-minute procedure. A combination of directed heat and pulsatile pressure will help relieve the blockage for the Meibomian glands. Opening these blocked glands will aid your body in resuming natural production of tear film oil.
Q: What makes LipiFlow® more effective than other treatment options?
A: For those suffering from moderate or severe dry eye, life can seem like a constant struggle to alleviate symptoms. Eye drops and warm compresses are a regular ritual. LipiFlow® has revolutionized dry eye management for these afflicted individuals.
- The LipiFlow® system is the first and only treatment for dry eyes that addresses the cause of Evaporated Dry Eye. Other treatments – warm compresses and drops – merely provide temporary symptomatic relief.
- It can provide ongoing relief by improving the gland function, allowing them to produce the oils needed for a healthy tear film. Other treatments options may require daily, and sometimes even hourly attention to keep symptoms of dry eye under control.
- It provides a practical way to manage dry eye disease or dry eye syndrome by providing relief and helping to stop dry eye deterioration and worsening symptoms.
Q: Will the treatment hurt?
A: On average, patients report little to no pain during the LipiFlow® treatment.