Your Eyes Bothering You? What you may be experiencing is Meibomian
gland obstruction, an underlying cause of Evaporative Dry Eye.
Meibomian gland obstruction may not be accompanied by an easily
visible sign such as inflammation. As a result, physicians pay
close attention to the symptoms that a patient reports.
Our understanding of dry eye disorders has improved dramatically
in the past several years. This increased understanding has enhanced
our ability to diagnose and treat patients who have these traditionally
Evaporative Dry Eye may be suspected
with the presence of the following dry eye symptoms:
Discomfort and irritation
Grittiness or feeling of a foreign body in the eye
Burning or stinging sensation
Sensitivity to light
Evaporative Dry Eye can also have
a huge impact on your daily activities
Difficulty performing visual tasks, such as reading, using
a computer, driving and watching television
Inability to wear contact lenses
Constant use of eye drops
Trouble being out in the sun
Symptoms that worsen late in the day
Anatomy of the Tear Film
Your tears are made of 3 layers:
Lipid (oil) layer: lubricates and prevents evaporation
Aqueous (water) layer: nourishes and protects the cornea
Mucin layer: adheres tears to the eye
Meibomian glands: create the lipid (old) layer of the tear film
A Revolutionary New Treatment for Evaporative Dry
Eye is now Available!
The Gavin Herbert Eye Institute at UC Irvine is
offering a revolutionary new treatment for Evaporative Dry Eye
disorder. Thanks to a recent scientific breakthrough, it’s
now possible to effectively treat Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD)
and Evaporative Dry Eye – with a simple procedure that can
be performed right in our office!
New technology at the practice includes the LipiFlow® Thermal
Pulsation System from TearScience®, a significant technological
shift in evaporative dry eye treatment, effectively relieving blockage
of the eyelid (meibomian) glands during an in-office treatment.
Opening the blocked eyelid glands allows the body to resume the
natural production of lipids (oils) needed for the tear film.
With the LipiView® Ocular Surface Interferometer,
we can observe the tear film using digital images. A LipiView® image
of the tear film can be captured during a non-invasive in-office
exam that takes about 5 minutes.
Once Evaporative Dry Eye is identified, it can now
be treated with a groundbreaking procedure - The LipiFlow® Thermal
Pulsation System from TearScience®
Treatment of Evaporative
of Evaporative Dry Eye involves opening the blocked eyelid glands
by applying a combination of localized heat and pressure therapy.
Previous approaches, such as the use of warm compresses, have been
inconvenient and of limited effectiveness.
The LipiFlow Thermal Pulsation System is a significant
technological shift in evaporative dry eye treatment, effectively
relieving blockage of the eyelid (meibomian) glands during an in-office
treatment. Opening and clearing blocked eyelid glands allows the
body to resume the natural production of lipids (oils) needed for
the tear film.
can be performed the same day of your initial evaluation. The procedure
takes 12 minutes for each eye and is performed in our Irvine office.
In a clinical study, 76% of patients reported improvement of their
symptoms within two weeks.
If you are concerned that you are experiencing a
chronic dry eye condition or have ever been told that you have “meibomian
gland dysfunction” (MGD), please make an appointment to discuss
your situation with our doctors.