9 out of 10 dry eye symptoms are caused by Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD) – a condition where your tear glands become blocked and don't work correctly. LipiFlow is a revolutionary new treatment for the condition.
Advances in technology mean that we can now treat Dry Eye with one simple procedure – LipiFlow
Dry Eye syndrome is caused when glands can't create enough tears to keep your eye moist, or when the tears that they do create evaporate too quickly. This causes common symptoms like burning, itching and redness in your eyes as well as tiredness and discomfort.
In the past, most dry eye treatments have only lessened pain rather than treating the root cause of the symptoms. LipiFlow treats the leading cause of dry eye symptoms– Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD). We are one of the only UK providers to offer this revolutionary treatment.
Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD) is unrelated to Laser Eye or Intraocular Lens surgery. MGD is caused when oil glands in your eyelids become blocked and damaged. These glands create oil that protects the surface of your eyes when you blink. When the glands become blocked or damaged, this oil evaporates quickly, leaving your eye's surface exposed. This can cause irritation and discomfort. Over time, these symptoms can affect the quality of your vision, resulting in irritating dry eye symptoms.
* includes all patients who have previously had an eye examination, contact lens fit, surgery consultation, or eye surgery with Optical Express.
It can affect people of all ages. The condition is more common in women and in people aged 65 and above. Smoking, extreme weather conditions, extended computer use and some medications can increase your risk of developing the condition.
The LipiFlow Thermal Pulsation System from TearScience is one of the only treatments that targets the leading cause of Dry Eye – blockages in the Meibomian glands of your eyes. This non-invasive treatment uses gentle pulses of heat and pressure to remove these blockages. By applying a combination of heat and pressure, the meibomian glands in your eyelids are opened up. This allows your body to once again create the natural oils that keep your eyes moist and feeling comfortable.
At your consultation, you'll be given an eye examination and a state-of-the-art LipiView II scan to observe your tear film in greater detail. This will take around 10 minutes. If you're suitable for treatment, LipiFlow treatment can be carried out on the same day of your consultation. The treatment itself takes around 12 minutes for each eye and it can be performed in our London, Manchester and Glasgow clinics.
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At your consultation we’ll carry out a detailed eye examination and LipiScan diagnostic report to determine if you’re suitable for treatment. The majority of patients find that they are.
If you aren’t suitable for treatment, our expert team will provide advice on the best alternative treatment for you.
To be considered for LipiFlow you must be over the age of 18.
LipiFlow Dry Eye treatment is carried out in our state-of-the-art clinics. Many patients comment that the procedure actually feels like a spa treatment!
During the treatment, eyepieces known as activators are put on your eyelids where they gently apply heat and pressure to unblock your eyelid glands. The treatment can usually be carried out on the same day as your consultation.
Results vary from patient to patient. It may take several weeks to feel the full effects of the treatment. A single LipiFlow treatment can last up to 18 months with some patients.
For the best results in the long term, repeated treatments of LipiFlow are recommended.
We currently offer LipiView assessments and LipiFlow treatment at the following clinics:
Glasgow (St Vincent Street)
Manchester (St John Street)
London (Shaftesbury Ave)
The treatment is roughly 12 minutes, per eye. Both eyes are usually done at the same time. You'll normally be in the clinic for around 1 hour.