In blepharitis and dry eye, the eyelid glands malfunction and become blocked. The glands normally produce a lubricant that smooths blinking and reduces evaporation from the eye’s surface. Insufficient lubrication brings the symptoms that so trouble sufferers – redness, itching, uncomfortable contact lenses, sensitivity to air conditioning and so forth.
An applicator warms them to the precise temperature at which the blockage liquefies and mechanical rollers squeegee it out; the glands function again. It is safe, fast (treatment takes 12 minutes per eye) and does not hurt.
Lipiflow empties blocked eyelid glands more effectively than traditional home methods and is much quicker — one or two applications each year compared to a twice daily routine at home. Symptoms often improve for 6-12 months.
Why? Blockage damages the delicate architecture of the glands – unless it is successfully relieved they may largely stop working and disappear, so worsening these conditions.
A high tech Lipiflow applicator
The Lipiflow device controls the applicator
You should understand that Lipiflow does not work for everyone and that ongoing 6 -12 monthly treatments may be necessary.