What is LipiFlow®?
LipiFlow® is a cutting-edge treatment for Evaporative Dry Eye. LipiFlow® is a thermal eyelid massage that applies consistent, comfortable heat to your eyelids. It also provides gentle, pulsating pressure to your eyelids to liquefy and massage out blockages within your meibomian glands. This is a very comfortable treatment that many patients find quite soothing. It is performed in the office by our optometrist Dr. Bakhri.
What happens during the LipiFlow® procedure?
The LipiFlow® Activator (disposable) is inserted under your lower and upper eye lid. It is shaped to prevent contact with the cornea, or front surface of your eye. Once in place, you simply recline in the treatment chair for the procedure.
How long is the LipiFlow® procedure?
The LipiFlow® procedure lasts 12 minutes.
Does LipiFlow® work?
In a clinical study, 79% of patients reported improved overall dry eye symptoms (ranging from 10% to 100% improvement) within four weeks of a single LipiFlow® treatment. Results may vary depending on factors that your doctor will discuss with you during your Dry Eye Evaluation before pursuing treatment.
How long do the benefits of the LipiFlow® treatment last?
The results of the LipiFlow® treatment vary person to person. It may take several weeks to feel the full effect of symptom relief. A typical treatment can last anywhere from 9-18 months.
Will my insurance cover LipiFlow®?
It is not covered by insurance. It is considered an elective procedure.