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Experiencing dry eyes can be quite frustrating. Dealing with burning or itching eyes and using eye drops constantly can be annoying. Having the condition can affect one’s productivity and ability to accomplish daily tasks. 

There are several ways to treat dry eyes, with warm compresses, eyelid massage, and eye drops among them. Unfortunately, these solutions only offer short-term relief. There is a treatment that can offer more effective and long-lasting results. That treatment is LipiFlow®, which helps prevent dry eye symptoms. 


Meibomian Gland Dysfunction

Meibomian glands are tiny glands in the eyelids. The glands produce oil known as meibum that protects the eyes. The oil helps keep tears from evaporating too fast. Meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) is a common cause of dry eye conditions. 

The dysfunction occurs when meibomian glands produce insufficient oil or when there is a clog in the glands. If the glands do not produce enough oil, it causes symptoms such as inflamed and irritated eyes.


What Is LipiFlow

LipiFlow Thermal Pulsation System is a relatively new treatment procedure that relieves dry eyes. The system treats chronic dry eye syndrome that is a result of MGD. 

Patients with MGD make up more than 65 percent of people with a dry eye condition. Getting to the root of the problem makes the LipiFlow system very effective. This comfortable and non-invasive treatment offers long-term relief for dry eyes. 


How LipiFlow Works

The LipiFlow system works by applying heat on the eyelids before massaging the lids. An external device is applied under the eyelids, applying heat to the eye area. While the heat is applied, the device simultaneously massages the outer eyelids. 

The process does not affect the inner eye globes. The gentle massage helps relax and open the blocked ducts. The obstructions in the meibomian glands are expelled as they become warm and liquified. 


During the LipiFlow Procedure

To make sure that you are a good candidate for LipiFlow, the doctor will carry out an eyelid exam. The exam and meibography imaging are designed to determine if you have blocked glands. If the doctor finds blockage, they can prescribe LipiFlow. 

The specialized therapy takes place at the eye clinic. The entire treatment procedure takes about 12 minutes, is painless, and recovery is quick. Any discomfort can be alleviated using anesthetic eye drops. 


Improving Quality of Life

Dry eyes can affect an individual’s life negatively. They can make it difficult to perform simple daily activities. LipiFlow therapy can help improve the quality of such people's lives. The technique targets the root cause, not just the symptoms. 

This means that the treatment has a better chance of eliminating the dry eye condition than other techniques. The procedure is quick and easy, and many patients usually experience relief of symptoms within hours. 

If you suffer from dry eyes, talk to your eye doctor about LipiFlow therapy. The treatment can help improve your vision and comfort. An eye specialist will examine your eyes to come up with a proper diagnosis. You can find out if LipiFlow treatment is right for you.

For more on how LipiFlow prevents dry eye symptoms, visit Advanced Eyecare Center PC at our office in Urbandale, Iowa. You can call 515-303-4488 today to schedule an appointment.

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