Lipiscan & Lipiflow
Treatment of dry eye syndrome can vary depending upon the cause of your dry eye. Many people suffer from dry eye due to Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD). MGD leads to rapid evaporation of your tears, thus causing dryness sensation and irritation. If you have dry eye related to MGD, we offer LipiScan and LipiFlow to accurately diagnose and treat MGD.
Treatment of your dry eye is critical if you are considering LASIK, Cataract Surgery, or are an avid contact lens wearer.
Diagnosis and treatment of dry eye syndrome due to MGD is important:
Before cataract surgery to allow accurate measurements for IOL calculations
For contact lens patients where MGD can develop and cause for ease of comfort in contacts overtime
Patients with recurrent styes, rosacea and blepharitis
Meibomian Gland Dysfunction
Meibomian glands are located in your eye lids. They secrete an oily substance which coats the tear film covering the eye and prevents evaporation of your tears. Your tears are important to keep your cornea healthy and vision clear.
Dry eye caused by MGD occurs when there is insufficient secretion of meibum, the oily substance, due to either physical blockage of the glands or to malfunctions in the glands themselves. Insufficient oil allows more rapid evaporation of your tears. In order to diagnose MGD, the doctor will perform a clinical evaluation. This is evaluation is aided with an instrument called Lipiscan. This provides the doctor with special imagining of your Meibomian Glands:
LipiFlow is FDA approved for the treatment of dry eye syndrome caused by meibomian gland dysfunction. LipiFlow directly treats the meibomian glands by using a combination of gentle massage and heat to improve the quality of the meibomian gland secretions. LipiFlow is a “dropless” treatment for dry eye and, in many of our patients, avoids the inconvenience of daily eye drops. LipiFlow is painlessly performed in the office and can be repeated if needed. It does not require any medications and is a safe and comfortable 12 minute "in-office" procedure. Holt Eye Care is one of the few offices that has exclusivity to Lipiflow in the Mid-Michigan area. Please consult with your doctor today if you suffer from any dry eye symptoms.