LipiFlow

The LipiFlow® is a prescription device. Tell your doctor if you have a history of eye problems, eye infections, eye allergies, dry eyes, recent eye surgeries or injuries, or if you’re using any eye medications or have punctal plugs. You’re not a candidate for the LipiFlow® treatment if you’ve had recent eye surgery, eye injury, herpes of the eye, or chronic eye infammation. Possible side effects include redness, burning, stinging, discharge, blurred vision, dryness, and sensitivity to light. In a clinical study, most patients (79%) who had the LipiFlow® treatment reported improvement of their dry eye symptoms within four weeks. The average total Meibomian gland score for patients who received a single LipiFlow® treatment more than doubled from 6.3 ± 3.5 at the baseline to 16.7 ± 8.7 at 4 weeks. The increase in the average total meibomian score indicates an increase in the number of glands secreting and a higher quality of gland secretions as compared to before LipiFlow treatment.

Two different recognized symptom questionnaires were used in the study: the Standard Patient Evaluation of Eye Dryness (SPEED) and the Ocular Surface Disease Index (OSDI). The average total SPEED score for patients who received a single LipiFlow® treatment decreased from 14.3 ± 4.8 at the baseline to 7.6 ± 5.8 at 4 weeks, demonstrating reduction in dry eye symptoms. Similarly, the average OSDI score decreased from 32.0 ± 20.0 at baseline to 16.6 ± 18.1 at 4 weeks.

The LipiFlow® treatment was easily tolerated. On a scale of 0 to 10, patients reported an average discomfort score of 1.4 ± 1.4 during LipiFlow treatment, which corresponds to a categorization of “awareness of pressure without pain”.

This treatment may reduce the need for drops, compresses and other cumbersome, timeconsuming efforts to temporarily ease symptoms. Imagine: Just a short time after a successful treatment with the LipiFlow® system, you may go long periods of time without thinking about your eyes at all, just like most people do. You may no longer have to plan your day around your symptoms. After a few weeks, you may even start to forget about how much the condition was controlling your life – the constant drops, the warm compresses, the limits on how long you could sit at the computer or wear your contacts. Months later, you may no longer worry about the faintest breeze. You can live your life again.

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