Written by Shannon Wong on January 7, 2017
Thanks to the latest advances in ophthalmology, patients have more treatment options for dry eye syndrome than ever before. One of the newest and most innovative treatments available is the LipiFlow Thermal Pulsation system from TearScience. Austin Eye is pleased to offer this gentle and effective treatment in our office for patients seeking relief from evaporative dry eye, the most common form of the condition. In this blog post, we answer frequently asked questions about LipiFlow.
How does LipiFlow work?
LipiFlow is an automated thermal eyelid massage that applies consistent yet gentle heat and pulsating pressure to the eyelids. During treatment, the small LipiFlow device will be applied to the eyelids one at a time. The device works to unblock clogged meibomian glands (the cause of evaporative dry eye), restoring the appropriate balance of oils in the eye’s tear film to relieve dry eye.
Am I a candidate for LipiFlow?
You may be a suitable candidate for LipiFlow if you have good eye health and seek long-lasting relief from evaporative dry eye.
How long does the procedure take?
LipiFlow only takes about 12 minutes to complete in our office. The number of treatment sessions necessary varies case by case.
When will I see results?
Some patients see the full effect of their LipiFlow treatment within two weeks, while it may take other patients longer to see their final results. Our team can give you a more accurate timeline upon evaluating the severity of your case.
How long will the results last?
The effectiveness of a single LipiFlow treatment can last up to two years, depending on the patient. Your eye doctor will discuss the results you can expect from treatment during your initial consultation.
Is LipiFlow safe?
LipiFlow is safe and has been approved by the FDA for dry eye treatment.
Are there any side effects?
Side effects and risks from LipiFlow are rare but include redness, stinging, burning, inflammation and red eyes. Our team can go over all of the potential side effects in detail with you during your initial consultation.
Can my health insurance cover LipiFlow?
At this time, LipiFlow is not covered by medical insurance. However, Austin Eye offers several affordable financing options to help you pay for your eye treatment.
Find Relief from Dry Eye
Why wait any longer for relief from dry eye? To schedule a dry eye consultation and learn more about LipiFlow, please call our North office at (512) 250-2020 or our Central office at (512) 454-2020.