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TearScience LipiFlow

 

Treat the Cause of Evaporative Dry Eye

LipiFlow® is intended for the application of localized heat and pressure in adult patients with Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD), also known as evaporative dry eye or lipid deficient dry eye.

  

Unlike traditional treatments (e.g., warm compresses, wetting drops and ointments) that address dry eye symptoms, LipiFlow treats the root cause, the obstructed Meibomian glands.  If left untreated, dry eye can lead to further ocular deterioration and additional problems.  The goal of unblocking the glands is to allow them to resume their natural production of lipids required for a healthy tear film. LipiFlow treatments can only be provided by a licensed physician.

  

How LipiFlow Works:

  • LipiFlow uses a disposable eye piece to apply controlled heat to the inner eyelids and intermittent gentle pressure to the outer eyelid.
  • LipiFlow facilitates the release of lipids from the blocked Meibomian glands allowing the natural flow of lipids to resume.
  • LipiFlow is an in-office procedure that takes approximately 20 minutes. Both eyes can be treated simultaneously.

   

 

Costs/Financing Cost Associated with LipiFlow:

  

Consultation

  • The doctor’s evaluation is typically paid by insurance. What you pay out of pocket is dependent on your insurance, your deductible and plan co-pay.
  • The LipiView test which measures the extent of your tear lipid layer, an important component of determining your candidacy, is not paid by insurance. This is an out of pocket expense of $50.

The Procedure: LipiFlow

  • The procedure is not paid for by insurance. It is an out of pocket expense of $550/eye. We can provide patients with interest free financing for up to two years through CareCredit. We also accept all major credit cards.

One post operative evaluation included with procedure (Usually 8 weeks after procedure)

 

FAQs

  

How do I find out if what I have is Evaporative Dry Eye?

After a thorough evaluation of your eyes, your doctor will determine whether or not Meibomian Gland Dysfunction and Evaporative Dry Eye are contributing to your chronic dry eye.

  

How long does the treatment take?

The treatment is approximately 15 minutes, but plan to be in the dry eye clinic for 45 minutes to a hour. Both eyes can be treated simultaneously.

   

How long does it take to see results from the Lipiflow procedure?

The results may vary person to person. Most patients report symptom relief in two to four weeks. Patients who have had this chronic disease for more than a year report it can take 4-5 months to notice a difference.

  

Is the Lipiflow procedure painful?

No, the LipiFlow is a painless procedure; in fact, many patients reported it to be a relaxing and peaceful experience.

 

For more information on MGD and LipiFlow please visit DryEyeandMGD.com