Dry Eye Clinic

Lipiflow® and LipiView® Treatment for evaporative dry eye.

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Here at Classic Eyes EYE CARE CENTRE we are now offering a new, breakthrough treatment for dry eye sufferers.

If you are experiencing eye dryness, irritation, light sensitivity, vision fluctuations, contact lens intolerance and eye fatigue, you may be a candidate for a new treatment called LipiFlow®.

Evaporative Dry Eye Treatment

Of millions of people in the UK that suffer from dry eye, a majority have evaporative dry eye, which stems from a deficiency in the oily lipid layer of the eye’s tear film. The lipid deficiency is due to blockages in the Meibomian glands located in the eyelids. The lipids serve to protect the water (aqueous) layer of tears so that the tears do not evaporate too quickly.

Treat the Cause of Evaporative Dry Eye

LipiFlow® is intended for the application of localised 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.

What to Expect from LipiFlow:

In a controlled clinical trial, a majority of patients treated with LipiFlow reported an improvement in overall dry eye symptoms at 4 weeks post treatment.

You would not be a candidate for LipiFlow if you recently had eye surgery, eye injury, herpes of the eye or chronic eye inflammation. LipiFlow may not fit all eyes. Possible side effects from LipiFlow include redness, burning, stinging, discharge, blurred vision, dryness and sensitivity to light. Talk to our optometrists about the benefits, safety and risks of LipiFlow.

Craig Wilcox and Melinda Fewtrell showing the new LipiView® Tear Analyser

Craig Wilcox and Melinda FewtrellWhat do our patients say?

What do our patients say?

Long-standing Classic Eyes patient, Jennifer Long, has suffered for 20 years with chronic dry eye irritation until research led her to the Lipiflow treatment provided by a London clinic. She was so enthralled with the results of her treatment that she encouraged Classic Eyes to invest in this revolutionary technology. She says: “This treatment has been a lifesaver for me. Since my 40’s I have suffered with painful dry eyes. They have proved a constant irritation, affecting the appearance of my eyes and I became very self-conscious. It has hindered many of my daily activities as I was constantly putting all sorts of drops in my eyes, and tiny particles were often flying into my eyes and becoming lodged there as I hadn’t got enough tear fluid to wash them out. In finding a treatment which improved my dry eyes and increased my tear fluid I found great relief as my eyes felt much more comfortable and it improved my well-being and confidence”.

“I’m delighted that going forward I will be able to continue this annual treatment at Classic Eyes.”

What does our optometrist say?

Craig Wilcox, partner and optometrist at our Poole branch, says: “This new type of tear analysis is the only one of its kind on the south coast. It is revolutionising our understanding of the cause of dry eyes in many patients. Before this device we could not measure the oil layer, the effectiveness of blinks or the degree of obstruction of the meibomian glands. These are factors in most cases of dry eyes and now we have an effective test and a tremendously effective treatment for meibomian gland disease.

“Dry eye is one of the most common eye diseases and it often goes undiagnosed because many people believe their symptoms are caused by eye strain or allergies.”

Image shows tear layer analysis

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For more information please contact any one of our branches. All patients undergo a thorough assessment before commencing treatment to ensure that they are suitable candidates.