What is it?
Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD) is the leading cause of Dry Eye. Our Meibomian glands secrete the oil which coats the surface of our eyes. It also keeps the water component of our tears from evaporating or drying out. MGD is a blockage or some other abnormality of the meibomian glands so they do not secrete enough oil into the tears or the quality of the oil is of poor quality.
Symptoms that can be present:
Burning Ocular fatigue
Redness Sensitivity to light
Itching Transient Blurring
Excessive tearing Contact Lens intolerance
These symptoms can hinder people’s daily activities such as reading, using the computer, wearing contact lenses and being outdoors on windy days. Many dry eye patients complain those symptoms worsen throughout the day. Proper blinking is key and early detection aids in preservation.
Lipiview: Captures detailed images of the tear film. Measures the absolute thickness of tear film lipid layer. Captures meibomian glands under near-infrared illumination and captures images of the ocular surface and eyelids under white illumination.
Lipiflow: You may be familiar with traditional treatments such as warm compresses, wetting drops and ointments. Our new technology, LipiFlow®, address dry eye symptoms to treat the root cause of the problem, the obstructed Meibomian glands. This is intended for the application of localized heat and pressure in adult patients with Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD), also known as evaporative dry eye. The goal of unblocking the glands is to allow them to resume their natural production of oils required for a healthy tear film.
How LipiFlow Works:
- LipiFlow is an in-office procedure that takes approximately 20 minutes.
- Both eyes can be treated simultaneously.
- The treatment facilitates the release of oils from the blocked meibomian glands allowing the natural flow of oils to resume.