LipiFlow, the latest development in dry eye treatment, goes beyond symptomatic solutions to directly address the root cause of chronic evaporative dry eye. As a premier Boston eye surgeon and dry eye specialist, Dr. Ernest W. Kornmehl offers this leading-edge procedure to dry eye sufferers.
Understanding Dry Eye Syndrome
To understand how and why LipiFlow works, we must first understand the leading cause of chronic dry eye. According to the latest studies, more than 64 percent of patients who suffer from chronic dry eye have a lipid (oil) deficiency caused by a blockage of the meibomian glands. This condition is called evaporative dry eye.
The meibomian glands are located on the rims of the eyelids. Their primary function is to supply meibum, an oily substance that prevents the evaporation of the eye’s tear film, which is comprised of three layers: the lipid layer, the aqueous layer and the mucin layer.
Why and How Does LipiFlow Work?
The LipiFlow Thermal Pulsation System is a leading-edge technology that is designed to unblock eyelid glands (meibomian glands) by applying a combination of precise localized heat and recurrent pressure to the eyelid while protecting the eyeball. The goal of unblocking the glands is to allow the body to resume its natural course of oil secretion necessary for a healthy tear film.
LipiFlow Treatment: The Procedure
The first step in treating chronic dry eye is to determine whether it is caused by evaporative dry eye. To accomplish this, Dr. Kornmehl uses sophisticated diagnostic tools, including the LipiView Ocular Surface Interferometer, which allows him to closely observe the tear film and obtain images of the glands.
The LipiFlow treatment begins with the administration of anesthetic eye drops for maximum patient comfort. A LipiFlow activator is then carefully placed, and the patient is asked to close his/her eye around the piece. The device is then activated to deliver gentle pressure and warmth to the eyelids, thereby melting away the blockages within the glands. During the next 12 minutes, the LipiFlow device delivers precise amounts of pressure and pre-programmed degrees of temperature to facilitate an optimal treatment outcome. The procedure is well-tolerated, and patients only feel gentle pressure.
LipiFlow Recovery and Results
The LipiFlow treatment requires no downtime or recovery. Patients are free to go home shortly after the treatment.
The results of LipiFlow can take up to four to eight weeks to achieve, and patients experience relief of their dry eye symptoms. The effects of the treatment continue to improve for several months. The goal of the LipiFlow treatment is to keep the Meibomian glands functioning and preventing them from scarring.
LipiFlow clinical studies have shown that about 7 glands are unblocked immediately after treatment and up to 9 glands in approximately 12 months. Overall, nearly 80 percent of patients treated with LipiFlow reported a significant improvement in chronic dry eye symptoms.
LipiFlow is a safe, non-evasive treatment. Dr. Kornmehl will provide you with detailed information prior to your LipiFlow procedure at his Boston eye care practice.
Contact Your Boston Dry Eye Specialist
LipiFlow, the latest development in dry eye treatment, goes beyond symptomatic solutions to directly address the root cause of chronic evaporative dry eye. As a premier Boston eye surgeon, Dr. Ernest W. Kornmehl offers this leading-edge procedure to dry eye sufferers.