LipiFlow Treatment

LipiFlow Treatment For Dry Eye Syndrome & MGD in Chicago, IL

Lipiflow is is an FDA approved, advanced treatment for chronic dry eyes and meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD). Lipiflow work by warming and massaging the inside of the eyelids to rejuvenate the healthy oil production of the eye and improve the quality of the natural tear film.

What Is Dry Eye Disease?

Dry eyes affect millions of people in the United States. Dry Eye Syndrome (DES) results from a decrease in a person’s natural tear production and/or a decrease in the production of oils, which keep the natural tears from evaporating. Dry eye can be very difficult to manage, but if left untreated it can lead to chronic eye discomfort, decreased vision quality and permanent damage. What makes treatment for DES even more difficult is the fact the condition is a multifactorial condition. Everything from not blinking enough while reading, staring at a computer, taking certain medications or even wearing contact lenses can all increase dryness symptoms.

Dry eye syndrome is common, and is often associated with the following symptoms:

  • Burning;
  • Dryness;
  • Blurred Vision;
  • Excessive Tearing;
  • Foreign Body Sensation;
  • Red Eyes;
  • Itchy Eyes;
  • Tired Eyes.

DES in 86% of the population is linked to Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD). Meibomian glands are the tiny gland on the eyelids. These glands are responsible for releasing the natural oil. People produce the oil with each blink to coat the tears helping to keep our eyes comfortable and moist. MGD occurs when the glands do not function properly. If left untreated, the glands can undergo changes leading to degeneration of the glands and permanent damage.

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What Is Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD)?


Meibomian Gland Dysfunction, or MGD, is a condition that occurs when the meibomian glands of the eyelids become blocked. The meibomian glands are vital to the overall health of our eyes, as they produce essential oils and provide moisture that nourishes and protects the eyes. When this activity is disrupted, the eye health can be at risk. Meibomian Gland blockage causes uncomfortable, painful, chronic dry eyes. If left untreated MGD can cause the meibomian glands to become damaged permanently. Lipiflow is an FDA approved treatment for MGD.

What Is LipiFlow MGD and Dry Eye Treatment?

Lipiflow is one of the most advanced and effective treatments available  for individuals that suffer from chronic dry eyes, and meibomian gland dysfunction. The Lipiflow thermal pulsation system is a specialized medical device that works to improve the gland function of the eyelids. Lipiflow therapy is drug-free, using only numbing eye drops during the procedure. Lipiflow works by transmitting heat and massage to the meibomian glands in the eyelids, removing any blockages that are present and flushing away any dead cells from the glands. Lipiflow eye treatment helps the glands naturally resume their normal production of oil for the tear film. The entire treatment only takes a few minutes and can offer significant relief to patients suffering from dry eye syndrome and meibomian gland dysfunction.

Who Is a Candidate for LipiFlow Procedure?

Patients who have been diagnosed with dry eye syndrome caused by meibomian gland dysfunction are good candidates for treatment with the Lipiflow system. Candidacy will be determined during a comprehensive eye exam, including a full evaluation of the quality of the tear film, and the function of the glands. Several tools are available to assist in assessing dry eye syndrome.


LipiView is a non-invasive, short eye examination that provides the doctor with an accurate digital picture of a patient's tear film, including the quality of the tear film. This information will assist the doctor in deciding whether the patient will benefit from the Lipiflow procedure.

Dynamic Meibomian Imaging

Dynamic Meibomian Imaging (DMI), combines two innovative imaging technologies to produce an image of the meibomian glands. Both images are processed, displayed, and combined to provide an accurate and precise picture of the structure and health of the meibomian glands. These images will help detect blockages or structural changes that may be present in the glands.


LipiScan is another non-invasive testing procedure which can help assess the health and structure of the meibomian glands. LipiScan creates a multidimensional view of the meibomian glands, and assists in diagnosing and treating the symptoms of dry eye syndrome and meibomian gland dysfunction.

Contact Kraff Eye Institute to Schedule Your LipiFlow Treatment

For more information about our Lipiflow procedure for dry eyes, and to find out if it's right for you, contact The Kraff Eye Institute today. We are here to assess your condition and discuss your treatment options.

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What Are the Benefits of LipiFlow?

One of the benefits of using the Lipiflow eye treatment to address dry eyes, is that it treats the source of the problem. While other dry eye treatments can mask symptoms, Lipiflow treats the dysfunction of the meibomian glands. By treating the glands, it allows them to begin normal production of the oils that are necessary to maintain high quality tears. The results are relatively quick, and offer long lasting results that can last up to 12 months. 

What Happens During LipiFlow Dry Eye Treatment?

The Lipiflow Thermal Pulsation System is designed to open and clear blocked meibomian glands, allowing the body to resume natural production of oils needed for a healthy tear film. You might be asking, “How does Lipiflow work?” During the treatment, the eyes are numb and protected as gentle heat and massage is applied to the inner eyelids. The elevated temperature and simultaneous massage are intended to soften, break up, and release blockages from the meibomian glands. As the build up is cleared away from the glands, the production of the natural oils of the eye can resume. This in office treatment typically takes 10-15 minutes for the entire process, with little to no discomfort.

What Are LipiFlow Results & Recovery Time?

The Lipiflow success rate is largely dependent on the nature and degree of the patient's dry eye syndrome. Each treatment plan is customized to suit the needs of each individual patient. For many individuals, the lipiflow effectiveness will be apparent and very quick. However, for others it may be necessary to have a series of treatments to achieve optimal results.  There is typically no down time, and most patients can return to normal activities shortly after their treatment.

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Why Choose Kraff Eye Institute for Dry Eye LipiFlow Treatment?

Dr. Colman Kraff and the experienced staff at the Kraff Eye Institute are committed to delivering dry eye treatment that is safe and effective. If looking for a Lipiflow doctor, look no further than Dr. Colman Kraff.

Advanced Technology

Lipiflow has been used around the world by leading eye care professionals, Dr. Colman Kraff has spent his career at the forefront of technology, allowing him to provide the most effective treatments while offering the highest level of safety.

Experienced Doctors

With over 30 years of experience, Dr.Colman Kraff has treated tens of thousands of patients, and has seen every level of dry eye syndrome, from very mild to more extreme. His vast knowledge in the field of ophthalmology, allows his patients to feel comfortable in his care.

Proven Results

Our results speak for themselves. Our patients experience relief from their dry eye syndrome, which often lasts a year or more.

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How Much Does Lipiflow Cost?

The cost of Lipiflow can vary from patient to patient based on the unique degree of their dry eye syndrome. Patients who have extreme cases, or those who do not respond as rapidly to the treatment, may require more than one session to reach optimal results. During your office visit, you will learn how many treatments you will need and the overall cost. In certain instances, medical insurance may cover all or part of the cost of the treatment.

Financial Options

TThe Kraff Eye Institute has partnered with CareCredit,  America's leading medical care lender. Carecredit will allow you to proceed with your dry eye treatment immediately, while paying for it with easy monthly payments. Lipiflow therapy is not covered by medicare.

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About Your Doctor

Dr. Colman Kraff is a pioneer in the field of ophthalmology, specifically in the care and treatment of the cornea and corneal disease. With decades of experience and a commitment to advanced technology, Dr. Kraff has been able to provide relief to his patients that suffer with chronic dry eye syndrome, improving their quality of life, while remaining focused on the safety and efficacy of the treatments he provides.

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FAQ About Lipiflow

How do I know if I have dry eyes?

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The eyes become dry, red, and inflamed. The main symptoms are discomfort and sensitivity to lights. Foreign body sensation is also common.

Is Lipiflow FDA approved?

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Lipiflow is the only FDA-approved device for the treatment of dry eye disease.

Does Lipiflow hurt?

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There is no pain associated with the Lipiflow treatment. Numbing drops will be used to ensure the patients comfort throughout the procedure.

Does LipiFlow have any side effects?

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Lipiflow side effects are rare but can include redness, stinging, burning, inflammation and eye redness. All potential side effects will be discussed with you prior to any treatment you may receive.

How should I prepare for my LipiFlow appointment?

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To prepare for your Lipiflow treatment it is important that you do not use any artificial tear drops, eyelid creams or lotions, or ointments around the eyes for 24-28 hours prior to your treatment. Be sure to remove all eye makeup prior to your appointment.