Lipiflow Thermal Pulsation
LipiFlow® is a patented technology from Johnson and Johnson Vision for treating Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD). MGD occurs when the small glands in your eyelids get blocked and cannot secrete enough oil to lubricate the eye. This results in sensations of dryness, grittiness, itching and burning.
MGD is a chronic disease that can get worse over time. Early detection and treatment can minimize its long-term effects. Eye dryness and MGD symptoms can affect your daily life activities by limiting the amount of time you can spend using screens, reading, wearing contact lenses, and even enjoying outdoor activities. Untreated MGD can also have a negative impact on post-surgical outcomes for cataract or laser vision correction surgery. When MGD is treated prior to surgery, it can significantly improve surgical outcomes and reduce dry eye symptoms after surgery.
LipiFlow® is a major step forward in the relief of these symptoms because it treats the root cause of MGD. Using a precise combination of applied warmth and gentle pressure, it unplugs the blocked glands to improve meibomian gland function.
LipiFlow® is a non-invasive procedure performed in the comfort of the office. For the vast majority of patients the procedure is comfortable. After initial aesthetic drop, the treatment is drug-free and takes only 12 minutes. Symptom relief usually occurs within the first month after treatment, and the results are long lasting.