LipiFlow Dry Eye Treatments in Chicago
Each day, ophthalmologists at the Kraff Eye Institute successfully administer lipiflow dry eye treatment for patients across the Chicagoland area and beyond. After a painless and highly effective lipiflow procedure, you’ll enjoy healthy eyes and the greatest level of comfort possible.
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.
SYMPTOMS OF DRY EYE
- Blurred vision
- Excessive tearing
- Scratchy/ Foreign body sensation
- Red and itchy eyes
- Tired and puffy eyes
IS DRY EYE A SERIOUS CONDITION?
If left untreated, severe dry eyes can cause not only a decrease with your vision, but can lead to corneal issues such as abrasions, inflammation, and corneal ulcers. It is best to consult with a doctor who can assess the severity of your condition and recommend the best and safest course of treatment.
Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD)
Meibomian Gland Dysfunction, (MGD), is a common condition that many patients don’t realize they have. Your meibomian glands help to secrete an oil that helps to prevent your natural tear film from evaporating too quickly. When your oil glands become clogged, the tear film on the cornea evaporates too quickly which in turn leads to dry, irritated eyes.
What is Lipiflow
A Lipiflow treatment is a quick and painless procedure done in your doctor’s office. The treatment is around 12 minutes and a patient will be given several sets of numbing drops beforehand to help create a painless experience. The Lipiflow uses sterile activators that are gently placed under your eyelids. These activators will create a series of warm pulsations. These pulsations will gently help to unclog oil glands in your eyelids. By unclogging these glands, it will allow your eye’s natural oils to mix with your tear film and help prevent the tear film from evaporating too quickly.
HOW DOES THE LIPIFLOW PROCEDURE WORK?
How much Lipiflow cost
Major medical insurance does not cover the cost of a Lipiflow procedure. The cost of a Lipiflow treatment is $350 per eye. The office visit to assess if a treatment is needed, and all office visits following the procedure can be billed to your major medical insurance. A patient will need to check if our doctors are within network for their specific plan.
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.
About your Doctor
Dr. Colman Kraff
The team of doctors here at the Kraff Eye Institute are committed to providing safe and effective treatments to their patients. The Lipiflow system now offers patients the ability to treat their dry eye symptoms without having to use drops on a daily basis.
FAQ ABOUT LIPIFLOW
How do I know if I have dry eyes?
- Many patients will experience some type of symptoms which will help their doctor diagnosis their dry eye condition. Symptoms vary from patient to patient, so it is always best to consult with your physician to discuss the cause of your symptoms and what your best treatment options are.
Is Lipiflow right for you?
- Lipiflow is designed to treat patients who have MGD. To determine if a Lipiflow treatment is right for you, please consult your physician.
Is Lipiflow FDA approved?
- The Lipiflow system is approved by the FDA to help patients suffering from Meibomian Gland Dysfunction.
Does Lipiflow hurt?
- The Lipiflow system uses heat and pulsation to help unclog oil glands on the eyelid. A patient will be given several sets of numbing drops to ensure a painless treatment.
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