The Most Advanced and Effective Doctor Led Procedure For Miebomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD).
86% of patients with Dry Eyes have symptoms of Meibomian Gland Dysfunction
What Is Lipiflow?
Lipiflow is a new technology by Johnson & Johnson in partnership with Tear Science that is considered the most effective treatment for MGD. MGD is the leading cause of dry, crusty, tearing eyes, and is caused by blockages to the Meibomian Glands. The Lipiflow heats the glans and using soft pressure massages out the blockages. It is FDA approved for the treatment of dry eyes and is a 15 minutes procedure, done here in our Scranton office.
Who can be helped with Lipiflow?
Lipiflow can help any patient with dry eyes that shows signs of blockages in the Meibomian Glands. The first step in any dry eye consultation is to examine the tear film and the glands to assess what is causing the symptoms that you are experiencing. If our Scranton optometrist determines that the cause is MGD or Blephiritis, conditions that affect the oil glands in the eye, then our eye doctors will recommend treatment using Lipiflow.
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Common Questions About Lipiflow
Most insurance plans do not cover the cost of Lipiflow, however, payment plans may be available and we have a discount currently running for new lipiflow patients.
Every patient will have a different experience depending on the severity of their MGD/Blepharitis, however normally patients will undergo treatment every year and a half.
Generally, there are few side effects from the treatment, and patients leave feeling refreshed. However this depends greatly on how advanced your blockage is, and in some cases, patients may experience redness, soreness, or stinging the day of the treatment.
There is no one-size fits all approach to treating dry eyes, neither is there a wonder cure that will fix all your dryness, grittiness, and discomfort. During a dry eye examination, our optometrist will assess the underlying causes of your symptoms, in order to develop a treatment plan with a maximized chance of success.
For patients with dry eyes that is caused by Meibomian Gland Dysfunction, Lipiflow is the most effective treatment option available. According to recent research, as much as 86% of patients with dry eyes had MGD. More anecdotally, our eye doctors have had tremendous success with many patients with Lipiflow.
Other successful treatment options are nutritional supplements, heat compresses, medication such as Xiidra, and reducing environmental causes for eye discomfort.
Lipiflow is an FDA approved treatment for Severe Dry Eyes caused by meibomian gland dysfunction. Commonly patients with meibomian gland dysfunction will have the following symptoms, which are effectively treated with Lipiflow Theramal Pulsation.
- Dryness in the eyes
- A feeling like sand is stuck in your eye or grittiness
- Redness or soreness
- Frequent tearing
Often patients with MGD will have difficulty wearing contact lenses, and may apply eye drops multiple times a day.
Lipiflow is considered one of the most costly pieces of medical equipment at an optometry practice, with a 6 figure price tag for a new machine. In addition to the initial cost, Lipiflow uses one-time use applicators that are a significant portion of the cost of treatment. Practices that invest in Lipiflow, do so because they desire the best treatment options for their patients.