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How does LipiFlow treatment work for dry eyes?

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There’s a new dry eye treatment in town and is taking the community by storm; we are talking about LipiFlow thermal pulsation system and it is rapidly growing in popularity in the US and Canada. LipiFlow works by unclogging your meibomian glands and thus preventing the rapid evaporation of moisture in your eyes.

Patients suffering from dry eye had depended on teardrops such as Restasis to provide the missing moisture and temporarily relief dry eye symptoms. Many patients went through 6 or more brands before they would find one that provided enough comfort; spending money in the process.

It is important to explain the complexity of dry eye in order to understand how LipiFlow works. Dry Eye Disease symptoms can be mild and just bothersome to chronic and life altering. Patients experience burning, itching, redness, light sensitivity, sandy feeling inside the eyes, amongst other symptoms. In more severe cases, these symptoms can interfere with daily activities such as driving and reading.

Dry Eye Disease is divided into two categories: Evaporative and Aqueous Dry Eyes. The difference between the two comes from how the dryness occurs:

  • Aqueous Dry Eyes occur when not enough quality tears are being produced, most of the times this is a result of a deficiency in the lacrimal gland.
  • Evaporative Dry Eye – also known as Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD) – is; however, much more common and as the name implies, dryness occurs when the moisture in the eye evaporates faster than normal. Your eyes are producing enough quality tears; however, evaporation occurs when the lipid layer (the “oily layer”) fails to prevent the moisture in the eye from sticking around.

How does LipiFlow treat Dry Eye Disease?

As we mentioned earlier, LipiFlow works with the meibomian glands to prevent evaporation. The meibomian glands are the ones in charge of producing the oily layer that help keep moisture in place. These glands can become clogged and as a result much less oil is produced.

LipiFlow Thermal Pulsation technology applies controlled heat to the inner eyelid, and mild intermittent pressure releasing lipids from the blocked Meibomian glands.  It does this without damage to the glands or the delicate structures of the eye.  LipiFlow treats the upper and lower eyelids simultaneously.[1]

According to their website, 79% of patients in a clinical study reported improvement of their overall dry eye symptoms within four weeks of treatment. If you have been suffering from chronic dry eye and suspect that MDG might be the cause of your problems, consult with your doctor to see if LipiFlow is right for you. For mild dry eye sufferers, there are other treatment options available. There are also things you can do at home; these treatment options include better nutrition, home remedies and blinking exercises.

Don’t know if you suffer from mild or chronic dry eye? Ask your doctor about the TearLab Osmolarity Test; a fast, pain-free, and incredibly accurate diagnostics tool to help you understand your dry eye level.


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  1. Seriously looking at Lipiflow, having a hard time with the cost

  2. In India, LipiFlow treatment for Dry eyes is only available in Narayana Nethralaya, Rajaji Nagar, Next to Iskcon Temple, Bangalore, Karnataka State, India.

    • K. Gopal Rao says:

      I am seeing this after nearly 2 yrs. Don’t know whether the system will communicate it to u. Hoping for the best. What I’d like to know is whether u hv had the treatment and has it helped? How much does it cost? Thanks.
      Gopal Rao

      • Hi Gopal, thanks for your comment and for reading. You might be better off asking this particular question in our forum, here: . We have many users, and even a few doctors who are very familiar with the procedure and can provide a lot of information. Plus, just for asking it- you’ll be entered to win FREE dry eye products.

  3. ramkrishna m bardolia says:

    My wife is having problem of dry eyes & her mouth also does not produce water in her mouth so she has to drink water each time she eats. Thi problem had occoured since last 6/7 years pls give proper guidelines and do the needful.r

    • Hi Ramkrishna. It sounds like your wife is suffering from Sjogren’s perhaps? Have her symptoms been evaluated by a doctor yet?

      • ramkrishna m bardolia says:

        Dear. Sir thanks for your quick reply. As she has been treated by 5 to 6 eye specialist I have all the files of doctors . one Mr rashmikant c Patel has written in his prescription of MEIBOMITIS & has stated that shallow A C blocked I want to send a copy for this as an attachment.

  4. Is LipiFlow for real? Insurance doesn’t cover it and it is very expensive! Have suffered from dry eyes for many years and have tried everything. It’s one thing that it would help or am I wasting my money??

    • Hi there! Thanks for your question, it’s a good one! Though I haven’t experience Lipiflow personally, I have heard mostly good things to be honest. Just based on the reviews that I’ve heard from our followers, I would say go ahead and give Lipiflow a try if your funds permit it. It’s up to you whether you can put a cost on healthy, comfortable eyes. What else have you tried thus far? Restasis?

  5. I had LipiFlow Treatment last Tuesday…….Hopefully it will work. It did feel weird, but in a positive way. Wish me Luck!!!

    • Dear BMW, is it too early (today is Feb 1st) for u to comment on whether there is any improvement/ Also, did u hv it at Narayana Nethralaya in Bangalore, and if not then where, and how much did it cost? Wld appreciate yr connecting with me at so we can exchange info and perhaps support each other.
      Gopal Rao

      • Hi Gopal….I do see an improvement in my eyes. The procedure was done 4 weeks ago and I live in the USA. I would strongly recommend anyone who has had problems with their eyes to have this procedure done. It is not covered by insurance, but hopefully in the future it will. Good Luck!

  6. BMW, I notice you stated the LipiFlow you had cost $1500. My doctor in Austin, Texas is asking $1700. Wonder why the difference?

  7. Makenzie…..I don’t know. I wish that Health Insurance will cover it in the future. I have suffered for many years with dry eyes and wasn’t sure of the treatment and cost, but I believe it has improved my dry eyes. It is not a cure unfortunately, but it has relieved the constant feeling of your eyes.

  8. Chinta .Sudhirkumar says:

    Dear sir, my wife aged 25 years, she was effected with steven johnson syndrome. I visited many hospitals in India but could not found proper treatment for Dry eyes . Is this Lipiflow suitable for her. we live in Andhra pradesh, India. please help me by suggesting permanent treatment for dry eyes.

    • I am sorry for what your wife is going through. I had Lipiflow Treatment in January and it was the best thing I ever did. I have had dry eyes for MANY years, have tried everything and nothing worked. There are days now that I do not even think of my eyes. Best of Luck!

      • chinta sudhir kumar says:

        Thank u sir, for your kind reply. Can u suggest where this treatment will be done in India.
        Please Help me sir.

        • Dear Sudhir, Theearlier comments say that in India it is only available at Narayana Nethralaya in Bangalore. Suggest u look them up on the net and make enquiries on phone.

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