LipiFlow Treatment for Dry Eyes

Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD) is one of the leading causes for dry eye. This occurs when the glands in your eyelids become blocked or damaged, and are unable to produce the oily outer layer of your tear film leaving your eye exposed, defenseless, and irritable. Symptoms for MGD and dry eye include:

  • Burning & Stinging
  • Scratchy Sensation
  • Contact Lens Discomfort
  • Blurry Vision
  • Fluctuating vision between blinks
  • Pain & Redness
  • Light Sensitivity
  • Eye Fatigue
  • Heavy Eyelids

What is LipiFlow®?

LipiFlow® is a new treatment option that helps stimulate your meibomian glands to treat the root cause of MGD dry eye. This quick 15-minute procedure can be performed right in your regular SightMD office, and helps restore the natural balance of your tear film so you can start healthier tears all on your own.

How does LipiFlow® work?

LipiFlow is an automated, thermal pulsation system. After an application of anesthetic eye drops, single-use applicators are placed above and below the eyelids and deliver gentle heat and massage to unblock clogged meibomian glands. By restoring function to these glands, they will start to produce the oil layer that is critical to stabilize your tears, preventing rapid evaporation and dry eye.

How do I know if I would be a good candidate for LipiFlow®?

As part of your dry eye evaluation, your physician will examine your eyelids. If there is evidence of Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD), we can use a special device called the LipiScan® to determine the extent of meibomian gland blockage. We will review these images with you and discuss if you may be a good candidate for LipiFlow®.

Is LipiFlow® FDA approved?

LipiFlow has been thoroughly evaluated by the FDA and found to be extremely safe for the treatment of dry eye from MGD. The only reported side effects are eye redness and stinging, which are mild and typically temporary in nature.

Does LipiFlow® hurt?

LipiFlow is a painless procedure. An anesthetic drop is placed in the eye prior to fitting the activators to ensure that you do not have any eye irritation during the treatment. Most patients actually enjoy the experience and compare it to a massage or “spa treatment” for your eyelids!

How long does LipiFlow® treatment last?

Depending on the severity of your MGD, the results of a LipiFlow procedure typically last from 6 months to 2 years. We encourage continued lid hygiene between treatments to maximize the effect of the treatment.

How much does LipiFlow® cost?

The total cost of LipiFlow® can vary, so make sure you speak to your doctor to get all of the information.
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Does my health insurance cover LipiFlow?

At this time, medical insurance does not cover the LipiFlow® procedure. However, SightMD offers financing options like our CareCredit program to help pay for your treatment.

Where can I find LipiFlow® treatment near me?

LipiFlow® is available at our Smithtown and Rockville Centre locations.
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