LipiFlow® treatment for dry eyes

Learn how LipiFlow treatment can help with dry eyes.

August 18, 2020


The Polyclinic ophthalmology department recently added a new treatment for people with cases of dry eye syndrome that are moderate to serious.

Evaporative dry eye is the most common type of dry eye syndrome. It's caused by blocked meibomian glands in the eyelids. When this happens, the eye's natural tear film is reduced.

Healthy tear film helps lower the chances of infection and breakdown of the cornea, the clear tissue that covers the front of the eye. Changes to the cornea can seriously affect vision.

LipiFlow is an FDA-approved treatment that puts heat and light pressure close to the eyelids to help clear the blockage. The treatment is done by our ophthalmic technicians. It takes about 20 minutes in our Madison Center office.

Most patients find that their dry eye symptoms get better right away. They also report that their meibomian glands work better for 12 to 36 months.

Symptoms of dry eyes

Symptoms of dry eyes include:

  • Redness, burning and irritation
  • A feeling like sand or grit in the eye
  • Blurred vision, especially upon waking
  • Watery eyes, with a lot of tearing
  • Tired, sore eyes
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Contact lens discomfort

A recent patient talks about her care

"The optometrist was very thorough in her explanation of the treatment and its benefits. The techs were skilled at getting me set up for the procedure and describing everything that would be happening throughout my treatment."

"The room was dark and quiet, so it was a soothing 20 minutes. After only a few weeks, I've already noticed that my eyes feel less tired after long hours at the computer."

How to get more information

Dry eye testing, consultation and gland imaging are covered by most insurance plans. The LipiFlow treatment is not covered by insurance, although you can use HSA or FSA benefits to help cover treatment costs.

If you have any questions, please call the ophthalmology department at 1-206-860-4550.

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The information provided is for general informational purposes only and is not intended to be medical advice or a substitute for professional health care. You should consult an appropriate health care professional for your specific needs.