Evergreen Vision Clinic offers a comprehensive dry eye evaluation called an Ocular Surface Exam. This evaluation provides key information that we use in our determination of your Dry Eye diagnosis. If you are diagnosed with Evaporative Dry Eye, we will schedule a LipiFlow treatment for you. The Ocular Surface Exam including the LipiView interferometer is the first device of its kind that enables our doctors to assess your tear film by capturing images that measure the thickness of the lipid (oil) component. This process is non-invasive and takes about five minutes. Next is a closer look at what’s happening at the gland level. With the use of the Meibomian Gland Evaluator our doctor can examine the quantity and quality of lipids (oils) being released from your glands. Knowing what is causing your Dry Eye will help your doctor determine the best treatment option.
In a clinical study, 79% patients reported improvement of their overall dry eye symptoms within four weeks, ranging from 10% to 100% improvement. LipiFlow is a new procedure designed to treat the root cause of Evaporative Dry Eye, blocked Meibomian glands. Opening and clearing these blocked glands can allow them to resume natural production of lipids (oils) needed for a healthy tear film. Some treatments attempt to add more liquid to your tears, but without the complex natural oil, tears continue to evaporate faster than produced. At the heart of the LipiFlow Thermal Pulsation System is the Activator (eyepiece). The Activator uses patented, precisely controlled heat applied to the inner eyelid with adaptive pressure encouraging your body to resume the natural production of lipids (oils) needed for your tear film. Its single-use design and built-in sensors ensure a safe, sterile treatment. The treatment is performed right here in our office — and in some cases, on the same day as your evaluation. Imagine returning to doing the things you enjoy, without worrying about your eyes. LipiFlow could be your first step to dry eye relief.