New Treatment for Dry Eyes

LipiFlow Dry Eye TreatmentLipiFlow® offers real relief from Dry Eye by treating the cause rather than the symptoms. This revolutionary treatment has changed the lives of many DRY EYE sufferers and is now available in Dorset at Classic Eyes EYE CARE CENTRE.

You may have the chronic condition known as EVAPORATIVE DRY EYE.
Evaporative Dry Eye occurs when the water in tears evaporates faster than normal due to an insufficient lipid (oil) layer on the tear film. This oil deficiency may result from blockages in the oil producing glands in the eyelids known as Meibomian Gland Dysfunction ( MGD).

LIPIFLOW® – A REAL SOLUTION TO DRY EYE

LipiFlow® Thermal Pulsation technology applies controlled heat to the inner eyelid, and gentle intermittent pressure releasing lipids from the blocked Meibomian glands. It does this without damage to the glands or the delicate structures of the eye.

DRY EYE ASSESSMENT

Call our Poole branch now for a Dry Eye Evaluation so that our optometrist can determine the cause of your Dry Eye and assess your suitability for the LipiFlow® treatment.

INTRODUCTION

The surface of the eye is covered in a lining of tears called the tear film. The tear film is made up of three layers:

  • a Lipid (oil) layer which lubricates and prevents evaporation of the tears;
  • an Aqueous (water) layer, which nourishes and protects the eye surface; and
  • a Mucin layer, which adheres to the eye.

Since the tear lm is exposed directly to the air, the protective lipid layer is essential to maintaining a healthy tear lm on the eye. When the protective lipid layer of the tear lm is lacking, the eye surface can become irritated and dry eye symptoms can occur.
Evaporative Dry Eye is a disease that results from not having enough lipids in the tear lm to protect the eye. Evaporative dry eye is most often caused by a blockage or obstruction of the eyelid glands, called the Meibomian Glands, which produce the lipid layer of the tear lm. Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD) is a disease that results from the formation of plugs inside the glands, which obstruct gland openings and limit the lipid secreted by the glands into the tears.

WHAT ARE ALTERNATIVE TREATMENTS FOR MGD AND EVAPORATIVE DRY EYE?

Discuss the alternative treatments available to you with your optometrist. Possible alternative treatments for MGD and evaporative dry eye include:

  • Manual expression of your eyelid glands by your doctor or optometrist.
  • Warm compress therapy and eyelid hygiene using scrubs or massage.
  • Topical prescription medications
  • Over-the-counter tear replacements and lubricants for dry eye.
  • Punctal plugs made of silicone or collagen inserted in the tear ducts.
  • Cauterisation (sealing) of the opening of the tear duct in the eye.

WHAT IS THE LIPIFLOW® SYSTEM?

The LipiFlow® System is a medical device used by an optometrist to apply heat and pressure to the eyelids to allow the lipids from the blocked eyelid glands to flow into the tear film. Your optometrist will determine if the LipiFlow® System is an appropriate treatment option for you based on a complete eye examination, including evaluation for blocked glands and associated dry eye symptoms.