LipiFlow Thermal Pulsation System

TearScience Experience.aiThis is a revolutionary technology which also treats the most common type of Dry Eye: evaporative. In a clinical study, 79% of patients reported improved overall dry eye symptoms (ranging from 10% to 100% improvement) within four weeks of a single LipiFlow treatment. LipiFlow Thermal Pulsation technology applies therapeutic heat and gentle pressure to the inner eyelids releasing lipids from the meibomian glands. The positive effects of the LipiFlow treatment can last on average for one year. LipiFlow has the potential to help patient who have unsuccessful IPL treatments or who prefer less office visits and less treatment sessions.

What to expect during a LipiFlow treatment

  • You will be asked to either sit comfortably on a reclined chair or lie down.
  • Several drops of LipiFlow ptmild anesthetic are put into the affected eye(s). Both eyes are usually treated simultaneously.
  • LipiFlow disposable eyepieces with lid warmers are placed under your eyelids. There is a built in eye shield to protect you from injury during treatment.
  • You will be asked to close your eyes around the eyelid device.
  • The device will then be activated; you will feel minor eyelid pressure and a comfortable warming temperature on the eyelids.
  • The eyelid pressure will have varied modes which may include a slow increase in pressure and pulsations for several stages for the full 12 minute treatment.

Level of pain

Based on reported medical studies, the average level of pain/discomfort was minimal rating only 1.4 on a scale of 1-10. If a patient complains of too much pain during a treatment, an adjustment will be made to reduce the pressure or pause for a while. In the majority of cases, patients says the procedure feels like an eyelid massage and is quite relaxing.

Potential side effects

  • Possibility of only minimal improvement on a patient’s dry eye condition and blocked glands
  • Sometimes the glands can remain the same as before treatment
  • Inflammation of the glands
  • Blurred vision (transient for minutes only)
  • Symptoms of dryness, burning sensation, and/or discharge
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Other eye medications may be needed to control flare ups in the future


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