Lipiflow® - Dry Eye Treatment

 


Are 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 challenging conditions.

Evaporative Dry Eye may be suspected with the presence of the following dry eye symptoms:

  • Dryness
  • Discomfort and irritation
  • Grittiness or feeling of a foreign body in the eye
  • Burning or stinging sensation
  • Tearing
  • Redness
  • Discharge
  • Tiredness
  • Itching
  • Vision disturbance
  • 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:

  1. Lipid (oil) layer: lubricates and prevents evaporation
  2. Aqueous (water) layer: nourishes and protects the cornea
  3. 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.

The SPEED questionnaire contains valuable questions that will aid your doctor in determining if the Lipiflow treatment is for you, click here to download.

 

Evaporative Dry Eye Testing

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 Dry Eye

Treatment 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.

Treatment 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.

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Please contact the UC Irvine Gavin Herbert Eye Institute at 949-824-9970.

 

CATARACT SURGERY
Anand Bhatt, M.D.
Marjan Farid, M.D.
Sumit (Sam) Garg, M.D.
Sanjay Kedhar, M.D.
Sameh Mosaed, M.D.
Roger Steinert, M.D.
Matthew Wade, M.D.

COMPREHENSIVE
Kavita K. Rao, M.D.

CORNEA SURGERY
Marjan Farid, M.D.
Sumit (Sam) Garg, M.D.
Sanjay Kedhar
Roger Steinert, M.D.
Matthew Wade, M.D.

GLAUCOMA
Anand Bhatt, M.D.
Sameh Mosaed, M.D.

LASIK REFRACTIVE SURGERY
Marjan Farid, M.D.
Sumit (Sam) Garg, M.D.
Robert Lingua, M.D.
Roger Steinert, M.D.
Matthew Wade, M.D.

NEURO-OPHTHALMOLOGY
Chantal Boisvert, M.D.
R. Wade Crow, M.D.

OPHTHALMIC PATHOLOGY
Donald S. Minckler M.D.

OPHTHALMIC PLASTIC & RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY/
OCULOFACIAL COSMETIC SURGERY

Jeremiah Tao, M.D.

OPTOMETRIC SERVICES
Jennifer Che, O.D.
Scott Liegler, O.D.
Kailey Marshall, O.D.

PEDIATRIC OPHTHALMOLOGY
Chantal Boisvert, M.D.
Robert Lingua, M.D.
Jennifer Simpson, M.D.

RESEARCH
Lbachir BenMohamed, Ph.D.
James Jester, Ph.D.
Tibor Juhasz, Ph.D.

M. Cristina Kenney, M.D., Ph.D.
Henry Klassen, M.D., Ph.D.
Anthony Nesburn, M.D.
Eric Pearlman, Ph.D.
Jing Yang M.D.

RETINA/VITREOUS
Baruch Kuppermann, M.D., Ph.D.
Stephanie Lu, M.D.
Mitul Mehta M.D.

UVEITIS
Sanjay Kedhar, M.D.

For ophthalmology
appointments, please call:

Gavin Herbert Eye Institute
949-824-2020

Laser Refractive Surgery
949-824-9970

UC Irvine Medical Center
714-456-7183

Optical Shop
949-824-7690 Phone
949-824-8850 Fax


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