Dry eye is common in Colorado’s dry climate, but what really causes it?
According to current research, 86 percent of those diagnosed with dry eye actually suffer from Meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD). It’s a long name for a condition that essentially means the glands responsible for producing tear oils are blocked, which then typically leads to discomfort and irritation.
Below, the eye specialists at Eye Center of the Rockies discuss LipiFlow in more detail; and specifically, how LipiFlow can be used to treat dry eye or MGD.
LipiFlow is a 12-minute procedure using the only FDA-approved electronic device to treat Meibomian glands dysfunction (MGD). MGD is caused by blockages in the meibomian glands that produce healthy tear oils. If untreated, these blockages can cause permanent damage.
A variety of things can contribute to the condition, including living in a dry climate.
Staring at a computer, phone, or TV can also exacerbate the condition, as well as simply wearing contacts. Glaucoma and eye surgery are other factors.
Wondering if you have MGD? Contact The Eye Center of the Rockies to ask any questions and schedule a consultation.
In 31 peer-reviewed articles, LipiFlow has been demonstrated safe and effective in eliminating blockages and restoring gland function.
The LipiFlow system uses heat and a 12-minute pressure profile to remove blockages in the Meibomian glands. By heating the glands from the inside, blockages are liquified.
Gentle pressure is applied from outside the lid, from the base of the gland to the gland opening, removing blockages and flushing dead cells from the gland.
Unlike chemical heat packs that have been shown to overheat, the LipiFlow device never lets the cornea exceed a safe temperature.
Many dry-eye treatments only provide short-term relief. Most medications aim to treat tear production, rather than restoring gland function.
However, 86 percent of those diagnosed with dry eye actually suffer from MGD, which means that enhancing tear production is merely a temporary fix, not a supplemental treatment.
Lipiflow is ideal for patients seeking a long-term solution to dry eye or MGD.
The majority of people are good candidates for LipiFlow. Ideal patients are in good general health.
Eye Center of the Rockies is the only provider in the Vail Valley/Roaring Fork Valley region to offer LipiFlow procedure. Talk to your provider about LipiFlow to learn if you’re a good candidate!
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