LipiFlow is a medical device that is used as a treatment for Meibomian Gland Dysfunction. The goal of treatment is to clear out blocked oil glands or Meibomian glands to restore the stability of the tear film. The machine uses a very specific control of temperature on the oil glands (43 degrees Celsius) to melt the blockage but not damage the outer part of your skin. It also uses a specific amount of pressure to also free up the oil glands.
It is important to free up the oil glands as they are the top layer of your tear film. Its job is to prevent the liquid or aqueous layer from evaporating too quick. When the tears evaporate too quickly the front surface will dry out quickly and create a lot of problems.
The machine uses a tight fitting adapter that fits snugly around the eyelids so that you can have the maximum gland expression and to keep the temperature constant throughout the treatment. The adapter heats up and uses a thermal pulse along with a massaging pulse to express all of the Meibomian glands.
This method is much more efficient and effective compared to the classic warm compress using a wash cloth. With the wash cloth the temperature is not constant as the water cools down rapidly and the pressure applied is also not constant. LipiFlow is a great way to clear the oil glands and restore them to their peak efficiency.
If you have dry eyes or have issues with the oil glands in your eyelids, and would like a LipiFlow treatment, please call (860) 233-2020 to schedule an appointment with one of our doctors who can recommend it.