The Meibomian glands in our eyelids normally produce a protective oily layer of the tear film, protect the ocular surface from disease and prevent the watery part of the tears from evaporating when our eyes are open. Without these oils, our eyes are more susceptible to dry climates, air conditioning, computer use, reading, and other activities that impact the long-term health of our eyes.
During Lipiflow, a drop of mild anesthetic is administered to your eye(s), followed by a procedure that loosens debris around the edge of the eyelids. LipiFlow activator eye pieces are then gently placed on the eyelids and you’ll begin to feel warmth and gentle pressure. The device has two six-minute cycles – a warming phase, followed by intermittent pulsations, and then pressure, which removes blockages from the glands. You’ll experience little to no pain during treatment and start to see relief 4 to 6 weeks after treatment.