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Dry Eye or MGD?

It’s time to change your outlook on dry eye.

There are roughly 30 million people in the United States and over 300 million worldwide who have been diagnosed with dry eye. Most have learned to live with eye discomfort and have become dependent on drops or other treatment methods that only offer temporary relief. This has been due to a lack of understanding that the root cause of most dry eye (86%) is now known to be a chronic and progressive condition, Meibomian Gland Dysfunction or MGD.

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MGD occurs when there is a compromise to the function and/or structure of the meibomian glands in the eyelids that produce the protective oily layer of the tear film. These glands can become blocked over time and can no longer produce oils needed for healthy tears. This blockage results in rapid evaporation of your tears and can lead to irritation, discomfort and if not treated, gland dropout.

MGD Identification

A series of evaluations will be performed to determine if you have MGD. This can include a LipiView® tear film and gland imaging and a meibomian gland evaluation. Knowing what is causing your Dry Eye will help your doctor determine the best treatment option.

gland comparison

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

We are thrilled to have the newest, fastest dry eye treatment on the market in our office!

A patient perspective on LipiFlow--EYEcenter's newest, fastest and most effective dry eye treatment yet.
Another satisfied patient! Sharon had corneal abrasions that caused her intense pain for 20 years. She tells the story of how her Lipiflow dry eye treatment changed all that.

Treating MGD with LipiFlow

While there are multiple choices available for treating MGD, LipiFlow is the only FDA-cleared device for removing gland blockages and restoring gland function. Through advances in the application of Vectored Thermal Pulsation (VTPTM) technology, the LipiFlow treatment utilizes a patented algorithm of heat applied to the inner eyelids and massage to remove the obstructions in your meibomian glands.

LipiFlow treatment

Our own Dr. Lee got to test drive the Lipiflow dry eye treatment years ago—but he only had the procedure done in one eye. Years later, when Lipiflow came to EYEcenter and Dr. Lee had his eyes examined again, his meibomian glands (the part of the eye that lubricates and protects against dry eye symptoms) were much healthier in one eye than the other. Guess which eye?

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