While a sad movie or a wedding can get your tears noticeably flowing, your eyes are actually producing tears all the time. Healthy eyes are continuously covered by fluid — a tear film designed to remain stable between blinks. A stable tear film prevents dry eyes and allows your eyes to maintain clear, comfortable vision.
Decreased production of fluids from your tear glands can destabilize the tear film, allowing it to break down rapidly and create dry spots on the surface of your eyes. An imbalance in the substances that make up the tear film also causes dry eyes.
Below are some of the Common Symptoms of Chronic Dry Eye:
Discomfort & Irritation
Sensitivity to Light
Feeling of foreign body in eye
Burning or Stinging sensation
Dry eyes are a common source of discomfort. Treatment of dry eyes aims to restore a more normal tear film to minimize your dryness, blurred vision and discomfort.
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.