Lipiview® + Lipiflow™
Dry Eye relief with Lipiflow™
What is LipiView®?
LipiView is an innovative new imaging tool used to detect the level of a patient’s dry eyes. Dr. Kelly will use this evaluation to get a better view of your eyes’ film production and determine whether you have Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD), a blockage of your eyes’ oil producing glands. LipiView uses a special digital image of your eye that allows our doctors to see and measure the lipid layer of your tear film.
LipiView is done in our office and only takes about 5 minutes. You will simply look into a camera and blink normally. You will be able to see pictures of your own glands, and we can determine whether you have MGD. LipiView can also evaluate your blinking function by assessing if your blinks are complete. Incomplete blinking results in a poor quality tear film which can increase dry eye symptoms.
Preparing for the LipiView Exam
Here are some helpful guidelines to help you prepare for your dry eye consultation. Do not do any of the following for at least 24 hours prior to your LipiView exam:
- Use artificial tears
- Use eyelid creams or ointments
- Vigorously rub your eyes
- Swim in a chlorinated pool
- Other Dry Eye Assessment Procedures
- Also, do not wear contacts or oil-based cosmetics to your consultation
What is Lipiflow?
Dry eye is an eye condition caused when eyes don’t produce enough tears or the correct quality of tears and the eyes become irritated. Tears play a key role in whether or not dry eye appears, as they not only keep the eye moist they act as a protective barrier against infections, bacteria, and debris.
Meibomian gland dysfunction, commonly known as MGD, is thought to be the leading cause of dry eye. This occurs when the meibomian gland, which is in the eyelid and produces the oily layer in the tear film, is compromised.
Now, with the breakthrough LipiFlow® technology, it’s possible to directly treat the root cause of MGD.
LipiFlow is a procedure designed to treat the root cause of Evaporative Dry Eye by applying directed energy to the eyelid near the affected glands—precisely targeted warmth from the back of the eyelid, and slight pressure from the front. This treatment is performed right in our office. The LipiFlow treatment can unblock glands, interrupt physical deterioration and, in most cases, provide symptom relief.
Live Lipiflow treatment from Tear Science.