At Broadway Eye Clinic we are committed to healthy vision. Our optometrists understand the frustrations and limitations of some traditional therapies such as prescription drops and warm compresses. We are excited to offer LipiFlow, the only FDA-approved procedure designed to treat the root cause of gland dysfunction.
What is LipiFlow?
LipiFlow is the only-FDA approved procedure for relieving the root cause of evaporative dry eye, Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD). The Lipiflow system safely and comfortable uses a combination of heat and pulsation to unclog your meibomian glands, restoring normal oil levels in the tear film.
What are meibomian glands?
Meibomian glands are small glands on the inside of the eyelids. These glands help maintain and produce the protective lipid (oil) layer in the tear film. A healthy and stable lipid layer helps ensure a stable and consistent tear film and vision.
What happens in meibomian gland dysfunction?
Meibomian Gland Dysfunction occurs when the meibomian glands in the eyelids become clogged. When these glands become blocked they can no longer produce the protective oils necessary to keep your tears from evaporating too quickly leading to dryness, irritation, discomfort and vision fluctuation.
How does LipiFlow treat meibomian gland dysfunction and dry eye?
Sterile single-use LipiFlow activators are applied in each eye. During the 12 minute in-office treatment, small devices safely and comfortably deliver a combination of heat and pressure to the inner and outer lids while protecting the delicate structures of your eye. The controlled heat and gentle pulsations simultaneously help liquify and remove blockages from the meibomian glands.
How safe is LipiFlow? Are there side effects?
Lipiflow is considered to be very safe and is currently the only FDA-approved procedure for treating MGD.
To see if you are a LipiFlow candidate, please call us at 801.322.0467 to schedule your dry eye evaluation.