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.
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.
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