An estimate of 26 million Americans suffers from dry eye, according to a 2012 Gallup poll. Experts project this number to increase by three million by 2022. Whether the symptoms are due to age, certain medical conditions, medications, increased screen time, or dry climate, that number is growing. Dry eye disease is an uncomfortable, persistent problem for many people. If you are looking for long-lasting relief from dry eyes, read on to learn more about a new revolutionary treatment known as LipiFlow.
LipiFlow® Thermal Pulsation System is an innovative treatment for meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD), which is the leading cause of dry eyes. It is the only medical device of its kind approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Here are the reasons why you should consider this treatment to ease symptoms of dry eyes:
LipiFlow treats the source of the problem by addressing MGD. This alternative to dry eye treatment can eliminate gland blockages that often keep the eyes from being adequately lubricated. A 2015 study published in the Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science established that a single Lipiflow treatment could improve the dry eye symptoms up to three months. Another research showed that a single session of LipiFlow was comparable to three months of warm compresses done twice a day.
LipiFlow treatment usually takes only 12 minutes and can be completed in a single visit to your eye doctor. You won’t experience any discomfort, and anesthesia is not necessary during treatment. The results are also pretty fast. Most patients enjoy the full benefits within just a couple of weeks. However, it can take a few weeks to a month for those who have severe dry eye.
Instead of relying on artificial substances, LipiFlow stimulates the natural production of oils to ease dry eye. The device unblocks the meibomian glands that secrete the oily lipids necessary to produce quality tears, thus restore its natural function.
LipiFlow is a non-invasive treatment. It works by safely delivering a combination of heat and therapeutic motion to your eyelids. The process opens the passages in your glands to restore its normal functioning. In fact, many patients can comfortably relax and are happy to listen to music or doze off during the procedure.
Dry eye disease can be chronic, which means that further treatments may be necessary over time. If you currently rely on eye drops, you might be frustrated as it only works for a few hours. With LipiFlow, you can obtain relief for a couple of weeks or longer at a time. Some patients even require LipiFlow treatments only every eight months to a couple of years.
Are you tired of dealing with the discomfort brought about by dry eye? Visit Noble Vision Center today in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. Our team of experts will be happy to conduct a thorough evaluation and determine if you are eligible for this treatment. Call us at (724) 302-3700 to make an appointment.