It’s the only procedure cleared by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of MGD.
Consisting of a console and a device called the Activator, the Lipiflow system uses Vectored Thermal Pulsation technology. Using heat pulses, it is designed to remove blockages from the meibomian glands.
The Activator is a sterile device, specially designed to be placed over and under the eyelids. It’s contoured to avoid contact with the eyes surface.
Once treatment begins, a combination of heat and gentle pressure is delivered to the inner lid. At the same time, the outer lid is therapeutically massaged. This combination unclogs the meibomian glands so they resume normal oil production.
The whole process can be done in the doctor’s office and takes just 12 minutes to administer. Sometimes just one session is necessary. However, depending on the individual, more sessions may be required.