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Dry Eye or MGD?

There are two forms of Dry Eye disease. Are you treating the right one?

The most common form of Dry Eye is Evaporative Dry Eye, which affects 9 out of 10 (86%) of Dry Eye cases. This form results from a shortage of oil in your tears caused by a blockage in your eyelid (Meibomian) glands, leading tears to evaporate faster than normal. This lack of tear oil is often referred to as Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD).

Now, with the breakthrough LipiFlow® technology, it’s possible to directly treat the root cause of MGD.

If you’re like many people with Dry Eye symptoms, your condition is related to blocked meibomian glands and an inadequate protective layer of oils in your tears. Your tears are made up of three layers:

Common Symptoms of MGD

  • Burning

  • Dryness

  • Sensitivity to light

  • Blurred vision

  • Discomfort in windy or dry conditions

Your Evaluation

A series of evaluations will be performed to determine if you have MGD. You will have a LipiScan®, a form of gland imaging, to assess meibomian gland function. Knowing what is causing your Dry Eye will help your doctor determine the best treatment option.

Normal Eyelid (meibomian) Glands
Meibomian glands produce the oils needed for a healthy tear film

Relief with LipiFlow

LipiFlow is a procedure designed to treat the root cause of Evaporative Dry Eye, blocked Meibomian glands. LipiFlow works by applying directed energy to the eyelid near the affected glands — precisely targeted warmth from the back of the eyelid, and slight pressure from the front.

LipiFlow treatment cross-section

The LipiFlow treatment can unblock glands, interrupt physical deterioration and, in most cases, provide symptom relief. This treatment is performed right in our office. 

LipiFlow treatment
Gland (oil) Dropout
MGD occurs when the meibomian glands become blocked. If this blockage is left untreated the glands will drop out entirely.
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