Lipiflow Procedure for Dry Eye Disease

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.

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.

How does the Lipiflow Procedure work?

The Kraff Eye Institute can now offer our patients a new treatment for MGD. Lipiflow is a new technology to help with MGD. Lipiflow is a short procedure using a combination of computer controlled eyelid heating and massage. This opens and removes blockages in the meibomian glands. With the obstructions gone, your eyes have the potential to secrete the necessary oils to improve dry eye symptoms.

If you are interested in the Lipiflow procedure an Ocular Surface Evaluation does need to be performed by a Doctor at the Kraff Eye Institute. The initial visit will determine the cause of dry eyes. The Doctor will review the information to determine if you are a qualifying candidate. Most medical insurances do not cover Lipiflow. Please call our office at 312-444-1111 to schedule an Ocular Surface Evaluation to see if you qualify for the Lipiflow procedure.

Schedule Appointment

To schedule a complimentary consultation to see if you would qualify for LASIK, PRK, or a KAMRA Inlay please call (312) 444-1111, or use the button below. Please note, consultations are only complimentary for patients who haven’t had a LASER procedure done before on their eyes. All other appointments are billed to your major medical insurance.

Please check with your insurance provider to see if our doctors are in your network.

Out of great caution and concern over the coronavirus, we have decided to close Kraff Eye Institute end of business March 17th. We will evaluate weekly to determine if we should continue with our closure. As of March 30th, we anticipate being closed until April 10th. We will adjust this message accordingly should that date change. We care too much about the health of our patients and staff to increase any of the “community spread” of COVID-19. The decision was made after many discussions with peers, local and national medical communities, as well as heeding the advice of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) about the severity of the issue.

Our phones will be operational for communication with you our patients. Please continue to call Kraff Eye Institute 312-444-1111. You can contact the office via the patient portal or standard email at info@kraffeye.com. Our office hours will be Monday through Friday 9:00am-4:00pm.

We are available to reschedule current appointments and setting up future visits.
The staff will triage questions and prescription refill requests. Please contact the office directly for this.
Contact lens orders will be placed if requested for direct ship to your home. If you are due for your exam, we can extend your prescription until COVID-19 passes. If you need to pick up contacts from our office, please call to arrange at 312-444-1111.

Please also note if we have not yet connected with you to reschedule your appointment for the next two weeks our staff will do so in the next few days. We apologize for any delay as there are many patients to contact currently.

We appreciate your understanding and cooperation. Kraff Eye Institute looks forward to resuming business as usual as soon as possible.

Stay healthy!

The Kraff Eye Institute