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Dry Eye is a long-term chronic disease that takes years to develop - and may worsen if left untreated.  More than 100 million people have Dry Eye.  There are two main forms of the disease: evaporative and aqueous deficient.  Evaporative Dry Eye, which accounts for 86% of all dry eye cases, is caused by blockages in the Meibomian glands located in your eyelids.  Aqueous Deficient Dry Eye occurs when the lacrimal glands do not create a sufficient amount of aqueous (water) to keep the eyes moist. 

 

What are some of the risk factors for Evaporative Dry Eye?

  • Hormonal changes in women during menopause – particularly decreasing levels of estrogen – can cause thickening of the oils secreted by the meibomian glands, which results in blockages.
  • Decreased estrogen levels may enhance conditions under which staphylococcal bacteria can proliferate in the meibomian glands. This results in a decreased oil secretion rate.
  • Additional factors that may cause or exacerbate meibomian gland dysfunction include age, contact lens use and hygiene, cosmetic use, and illnesses, particularly diabetes.

Common symptoms of Dry Eye

  • Dryness
  • Discomfort and irritation
  • Grittiness or feeling of a foreign body in the eye
  • Burning or stinging sensation
  • Tearing
  • Redness
  • Discharge
  • Tiredness
  • Itching
  • Vision disturbance
  • Sensitivity to light

The symptoms of Dry Eye can be uncomfortable – and a big burden. Basic visual tasks, such as reading, using a computer, driving or watching television may become difficult. Wearing contact lenses or eye makeup may be impossible. And, you might find that symptoms worsen later in the day, keeping you from enjoying the activities you want to do.
 
Underlying the considerable discomfort is a real physical condition that needs treatment to stop the cycle of Dry Eye deterioration and worsening symptoms. Dry Eye is a chronic disease – and without proper management, the deterioration may look like this:

  • Increased evaporation of tears
  • Unstable tear film
  • Damage to the eye surface
  • Further discomfort
  • Inflammation and cell damage
  • Fluctuation and decrease in vision

LipiFlow® is designed to provide relief, so you can get on with your life. LipiFlow® treatment is clinically proven with sustained results. In a clinical study about 79% of patients reported an improvement in overall dry eye symptoms after a single LipiFlow® treatment. Depending on the severity of your specific condition and your response to treatment, you may need to repeat the LipiFlow® treatment periodically as your symptoms return over time.

 

What actually happens during a LipiFlow® treatment?

 
The LipiFlow® Activator (a disposable eyepiece) is inserted under your lower and upper eye lid and is shaped to prevent contact with your cornea. Once in place, you simply recline in the treatment chair and experience the 12 minute procedure of heat and timed thermal pulsation.

 

Why is LipiFlow® superior to other Dry Eye therapies?

 
If you're a moderate or severe Evaporative Dry Eye sufferer, life can seem like a constant battle to alleviate symptoms. Those drops and warm compresses become a regular ritual. You've tried blinking exercises and lid scrubs. And you avoid wearing contact lenses and extended sessions in front of the computer. 79% of patients treated with LipiFlow in the clinical study reported an improvement in overall dry eye symptoms.
 
Evaporative Dry Eye can be a thing of the past – with LipiFlow®
 
If you're ready to get started, call us at 908-789-1177 to schedule a dry eye evaluation. Reduce your dependence on drops, warm compresses and drugs. Goodbye, daily therapies. Hello LipiFlow®. Visit www.lipiflow.com for further information.