LipiFlow: A Revolutionary Dry Eye Treatment

LipiFlow® is a relatively new and highly effective in-office dry eye treatment. Through carefully regulated heat and gentle application of pressure, LipiFlow helps your eyelids create better quality tears naturally. One treatment every nine to twelve months is typically all it takes to significantly reduce your dry eye symptoms.

In a clinical study, 79% of patients reported improved overall dry eye symptoms within four weeks of a single LipiFlow treatment.

We’re at the Forefront of Eye Innovation

We’ve been believers in LipiFlow from the start. Dr. Patel was one of the very first in North America to integrate LipiFlow into his practice. Since then, Dr. Patel has treated 1000’s of patients patients all over North America with LipiFlow.

Interested in trying LipiFlow yourself? Schedule your dry eye consultation today.

How Does LipiFlow Work?

The LipiFlow Thermal Pulsation System is a breakthrough way to treat dry eyes caused by meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD). Over the span of a twelve-minute treatment, the eye pads warm up and apply light, pulsing pressure to the eyelids. This combination of warmth and pressure help to open blocked glands, allowing the lids to produce and expel meibum; the oil that prevents tears from evaporating.

LipiFlow doesn’t just treat dry eye symptoms; it treats the source of the problem. Lots of our patients find lasting relief with LipiFlow, allowing them to rely less heavily on compresses, drops, and other dry eye treatments.

Check out this short video for more details about LipiFlow and how it works.

FAQs about LipiFlow

Lipiflow is an in-office treatment designed for effectively removing blockages from the meibomian glands and facilitate the flow of meibum. By stimulating meibum production, Lipiflow ensures your tears have the right amount of oil to keep your eyes hydrated and comfortable.

Lipiflow uses a calculated combination of comforting heat and gentle pressure to massage your eyelids. The pressure helps work any blockages out of the meibomian glands while the heat softens the oil within, allowing it to flow more freely and restore stability to your natural tears.

Lipiflow treatments are performed in-office and usually last around 12-15 minutes.

We will position the LipiFlow activator under your lower and upper eyelids. The activator is shaped to leave the front surface of your eye completely untouched. Once the activator is in place, you can just lay back for the duration of the treatment.

The results of a LipiFlow treatment varies from person to person. It could take several weeks to feel the full effects of the treatment. These effects may also last up to two years.

Although they are pretty rare, LipiFlow can occasionally cause side effects like burning or stinging, redness, and inflammation. The See & Be Seen team will happily go over all of the details with you before starting your treatment.

Yes! LipiFlow has undergone several clinical studies and has provided noteworthy results. For example, one study found that 79% percent of patients didn’t need any additional dry eye treatments for 12 months after a single LipiFlow treatment.

Since blepharitis is often related to meibomian gland dysfunction, LipiFlow can be a really effective treatment for blepharitis. Through the calculated application of gentle pressure and heat, LipiFlow can soften and express and blockages from the meibomian gland.

Most patients who took part in a clinical study ranked their discomfort at about 1.4 on a scale of 1-10. That translates to being aware of the heat and pressure without necessarily feeling uncomfortable.