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The Eye Center of Southern Connecticut is now offering a new, breakthrough treatment for dry eye sufferers.

Dry Eye occurs when the eyes do not produce sufficient tears or the tears evaporate too quickly. Without proper treatment, inadequate tears can make daily activities frustrating, affect your personal and professional life, from reading to watching TV, to driving or working on the computer. If you are experiencing eye dryness, irritation, light sensitivity, vision fluctuations, contact lens intolerance and eye fatigue, you may be a candidate for a new treatment called LipiFlow.

The most common form of Dry Eye is Evaporative Dry Eye, which affects 9 out of 10 (86%) Dry Eye Cases. This form results from a shortage of oil in your tears caused by a blockage in your eyelid (Meibomian) glands, leading tears to evaporate faster than normal. This lack of tear oil often referred to as Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD).

Treat the Cause of Evaporative Dry Eye

While there are multiple choices available for treating MGD, Lipiflow is the only FDA-cleared device for removing gland blockages and restoring gland function. Lipiflow is intended for the application of localized heat and pressure in patients diagnosed with Meibomian Gland Dysfunction, also known as evaporative dry eye or lipid deficient dry eye.

Unlike traditional treatments (e.g., warm compresses, wetting drops and ointments) that address dry eye symptoms, LipiFlow treats the root cause, the obstructed Meibomian glands. If left untreated, dry eye can lead to further ocular deterioration and additional problems. The goal of unblocking the glands is to allow them to resume their natural production of lipids required for a healthy tear film.

How LipiFlow Works:

  • LipiFlow uses a disposable eye piece to apply controlled heat to the inner eyelids and intermittent gentle pressure to the outer eyelid.
  • LipiFlow facilitates the release of lipids from the blocked Meibomian glands allowing the natural flow of lipids to resume.
  • LipiFlow is an in-office procedure that takes approximately 12 minutes. Both eyes can be treated simultaneously.

What to Expect from LipiFlow:

In a controlled clinical trial, 80% of patients treated with LipiFlow reported an improvement in overall dry eye symptoms at 4 weeks post treatment.

You would not be a candidate for LipiFlow if you recently had eye surgery, eye injury, and herpes of the eye or chronic eye inflammation. LipiFlow may not fit all eyes. Possible side effects from LipiFlow include redness, burning, stinging, discharge, blurred vision, dryness and sensitivity to light.

*Lipiflow treatment is an out of pocket procedure and is not covered by insurance.