Dry eyes is common in all demographics. It is especially common in the elderly, females with light eyes, people who wear contact lenses, teenagers who spend a huge amount of time on screens and smokers. It is also common in people with existing ailments like arthritis, Sjögren’s syndrome or any other immune disease.
Being on a computer for long periods of time without taking breaks is a major contributor to dry eyes. People who do this blink about 60% less than they would normally, which decreases the chance of their
The procedure itself takes only 12 minutes and can be performed in-office. This treatment involves applying direct heat to the eyelids. This helps unclog the meibomian glands, and the basal tears can flow normally again.
The procedure is painless and quite soothing. Patients experience slight pressure and heat during the treatment.
No, it is not a permanent cure. However, repeated Lipiflow treatments can help manage the disease effectively.
How long does it take for Lipiflow to take effect? How long do the benefits last?
It takes several weeks for the procedure to take full effect. The longevity of the results varies from patient to patient. But typically, the effectiveness of the treatment lasts for up to 2 years.
Your doctor will ask you basic questions to determine how serious your condition is. They will conduct a tear osmolarity test to check for dry eyes. Usually, readings more than 300 Osmol/L reveal the existence of dry eye. The doctor may also conduct a Lipiscan to get a clear digital image of your meibomian glands. After assessing the severity of the blockage, they will recommend the dry eyes treatment. Usually, doctors do not clear people with severe atrophy of the meibomian glands for the Lipiflow treatment.
If your doctor clears you for the procedure, you must follow the precautions and instructions thoroughly.
Take care to follow these instructions at least 12 hours before your Lipiflow treatment:
Stop any eye ointments and eye drops
Do not use any warm compresses
Discontinue use of contact lenses
Discontinue use of oral antihistamines
Avoid use of makeup on or around the eyes
Bring your eye drops with you on the day of your procedure
Show up at least half an hour before the appointment for your dry eyes treatment
After you are finished with the Lipiflow treatment,
Follow your doctor’s instructions carefully
Discontinue use of oral antihistamines for up to 1 week
Begin the recommended medication