Lipiflow is an in-office treatment that uses single-use devices inserted in between the eyelid and the cornea itself to deliver heat and massaging pulses to remove blockages from the meibomian glands, allowing them to properly secrete oils onto the tear film. The heat and pulses are controlled in a manner that make this treatment very safe and comfortable. The heat and pulses only make contact with the inner and outer portions of the eyelid, avoiding the cornea.
The treatment is 12 minutes long and only requires numbing drops to minimize any discomfort the patient may feel. The treatment allows the glands to properly excrete oils onto the outer layer of the tear film and the results are experienced 6-8 weeks after treatment, which is when you will have a follow-up with your ophthalmologists. To have this treatment done, you may be referred by another ophthalmologist or have one of our ophthalmologists evaluate your condition. The ophthalmologist will order a diagnostic scan done in-office, called a LipiScan, to evaluate the structure of your meibomian glands to see if you are a good candidate.
Watch the following video for an animated demonstration of how LipiFlow works: