You have about 25 to 40 meibomian glands in the upper eyelid and 20 to 30 in the lower eyelid. They secrete vital oils onto the surface of the eye that keeps tears from evaporating quickly. Meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) stops the glands from functioning correctly, which means they cannot secrete enough oil into the tears. When the tear film evaporates too quickly, it leads to dry eye disease and can also cause blepharitis.
Blepharitis is caused by an overgrowth of bacteria living on the edge of the eyelids and the base of the eyelashes. When allowed to multiply, they create a biofilm which creates a highly toxic environment. This can lead to mites as well as the production of exotoxins that aggravate your glands worsening dry eye discomfort.
If you are suffering from symptoms of dry eye disease, a diagnosis can be made for meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD). Technology allows for a non-invasive quick way to examine eyes for MGD using LipiScan. This tool allows doctors to easily view the health of your meibomian glands in high definition and make a quick diagnosis of dry eye disease caused by meibomian gland dysfunction.
The tool uses dynamic surface illumination and adaptive transillumination technologies, providing your doctor with a multidimensional image of your glands ideal for analysis. This allows your doctor to identify the cause of dry eye disease quickly, painlessly and accurately.
The procedure uses Vector Thermal Pulse Technology™ (VTP) to eliminate dry eye disease issues caused by MGD. The 12-minute process includes the following steps:
The procedure is painless and does not require any medication. You are able to resume normal activities, including driving, directly following your treatment.
The LipiFlow® Thermal Pulsation System consists of a Console and Activator. The Activator uses a single-use sterile device with a drug-free mechanism for treatment. The system is used safely in-office and only takes about 12 minutes to complete the treatment.
The system uses Vectored Thermal Pulse Technology to apply heat and peristaltic motion to the eyelid. This removes any gland obstructions and gland content that is trapped in the glands. There are three components to the system:
Treatment is minimally invasive, comfortable and quick.
There are many benefits to LipiFlow® Thermal Pulsation treatment, including:
As you can see, LipiFlow® treatment is well worth it if you are suffering from dry eye disease.
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