LipiFlow Dry Eye Treatment
If you are experiencing eye dryness, irritation, light sensitivity, vision fluctuations, contact lens intolerance and eye fatigue, you may be a candidate for a new treatment called LipiFlow.
Of millions of people in the U.S. that suffer from dry eye, a majority have evaporative dry eye, which stems from a deficiency in the oily lipid layer of the eye’s tear film. The lipid deficiency is due to blockages in the Meibomian glands located in the eyelids. The lipids serve to protect the water (aqueous) layer of tears so that the tears do not evaporate too quickly.
EyeSight Hawaii is the dry eye center of Hawaii and was the first to offer Lipiflow thermal pulsation for the management of dry eye. This FDA-approved treatment takes 12 minutes in the office. Lipiflow acts to open oil glands on the eye lid margins that have become plugged. This additional oil acts to protect the tears and relieve dry eye symptoms. “Lipiflow has revolutionized the treatment of dry eye” said Dr. Olkowski. He even had it done on himself.
“For many years I suffered from chronic dry eyes which made my eyes very dry and red. Various medications, eye drops, and daily hot compresses only helped temporarily but the condition got worse over time. After having the LipiFlow done, my condition improved such that I no longer am self-conscious and rarely have to use any lubricating eye drops. The LipiFlow was painless. I deeply appreciate that Dr. Olkowski brought this new technology to Hawaii”. – Diane S. (Patient since 2004)
Treat the Cause of Evaporative Dry Eye
LipiFlow® is intended for the application of localized heat and pressure in adult patients with Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD), also known as evaporative dry eye or lipid deficient dry eye.
Unlike traditional treatments (e.g., warm compresses, wetting drops and ointments) that address dry eye symptoms, LipiFlow treats the root cause, the obstructed Meibomian glands. If left untreated, dry eye can lead to further ocular deterioration and additional problems. The goal of unblocking the glands is to allow them to resume their natural production of lipids required for a healthy tear film. LipiFlow treatments can only be provided by a licensed physician.