LipiView with Dynamic Meibomian Gland Imaging (DMI) and Lipiflow

Dry Eye Disease effects millions of people of all ages starting in the 20s and progressing through the 90s. The broad range of symptoms of Dry Eyes include a sandy, gritty sensation in the eyes, fluctuating vision, tearing, or a constant feeling of an eyelash stuck in the eye.  In some patients, this ocular surface disease (OSD) can be painful leading to slowed reading speed, decreased work productivity, trouble focusing on the computer monitor, or difficulty seeing to drive safely.  Matossian Eye Associates is delighted to offer patients relief from their Dry Eye Disease with the advanced TearScience System that includes the LipiView® with DMI imaging and the Lipiflow® treatment.

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MGD and LipiView/LipiFlow

LipiView®, a sophisticated instrument with a built-in interferometer, is the first device of its kind that captures images of your meibomian glands along your eyelids. Your physician will be able to determine whether you have Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD).  You will be able to see pictures of your own glands with the advanced technology of the Dynamic Meibomian Gland Imaging system (DMI).  With your physician’s explanation, you will be able to understand whether you have Meibomian Gland Disease. If your glands are plugged-up and obstructed, the  natural oils cannot flow to coat your ocular surface, leading to faster evaporation of your tears.  This will lead to evaporative dry eyes.  LipiView ® can also asses your blinking function by analyzing if your blinks are complete.  Incomplete blinking results in a poor quality tear film which exacerbates dry eye.

LipiFlow® is designed to treat the root cause of evaporative Dye Eye Disease by unplugging the blocked meibomian glands. It is a very safe option with over 150,000 treatments performed in the US to date.  Opening and clearing these blocked glands will allow them to resume their natural production of lipids (oils) needed for a healthy tear film. A disposable activator is placed on each eyelid.  These eyepieces use a patented, precisely controlled heat that is applied to the inner eyelid with pulsed pressure to unblock the meibomian glands.  This thermal pulsation system not only unclogs the glands but also encourages them to resume their natural production of the lipids needed for healthy tears.  Its single-use design and built-in sensors ensure a safe, sterile treatment.  The process is very soothing and lasts approximately 15 minutes.   This treatment is usually recommended once a year.  LipiFlow® is the only FDA-cleared thermal pulsation treatment of meibomian gland dysfunction.