This unique system combines visual imaging to diagnose a patient’s dry eye syndrome with a treatment which applies painless heat and compression to unclog the meibomian glands.
LipiView is the digital imaging component that allows your ophthalmologist to measure the lipid layer of your tear film. Until the development of LipiView, ophthalmologists did not have a way to visually show that patients were lipid deficient.
LipiView only takes a few minutes to evaluate your eyes. You will simply look into a camera and blink normally. A special light, camera, and computer program do everything else. Then your doctor will be able to determine the best therapy.
If you are diagnosed with dry eye syndrome secondary to meibomian gland dysfunction, you can then undergo a 12-minute LipiFlow treatment. This uses a single-use eyepiece to relieve blockage of all the meibomian glands, both upper and lower. The treatment sensation has been compared to an eyelid twitch or gentle pulsation.
After atreatment, the glands become unclogged and in 2 to 6 weeks you should see a noticeable difference in your dry eye symptoms. This is because the natural production of lipids needed for your tear film resumes functioning normally.