LipiFlow treatment available in Brisbane for dry eye
We are excited to announce that we are offering Johnson and Johnsons LipiFlow treatment at Queensland Eye Institute for dry eye patients.
LipiFlow treatment is a comfortable 12 minute treatment where heat and massage are applied to the eyelids to increase the quality of secretions of the meibomian glands and reduce dry eye symptoms.
How does LipiFlow dry eye treatment work?
It is now well known that dry isn’t just about lack of tears, but poor quality of tears and specifically the oil layer that sits on the front of the tear film.
This oil layer is made in the eye lids in the meibomian glands. Every time you blink a new layer of oil is released that keeps the tear film stable.
Recently, much of the focus of treatment of dry eye has been on improving the quality of these oils secretions by encouraging patients to use hot compresses and massage their lids, take omega 3 oil supplements and having treatments such as meibomian gland expression and IPL.
LipiFlow takes these concepts to a new level by very controlled application of heat and pulsating pressure to the lids to open improve the meibomian gland function.
Find out more about Dry Eye Treatments here.
How long does LipiFlow dry eye treatment last?
Results are likely to vary from patient to patient but studies are showing impressive results indicating that a single lipiFlow treatment on average can reduce dry eye symptoms by about 50% out to 1 year. The treatment can be repeated if required.
Hagen KB et al. Comparison of a single-dose vectored thermal pulsation procedure with a 3-month course of daily oral doxycycline for moderate-to-severe meibomian gland dysfunction. Clinical Ophthalmology. 2018:12 161–168.
Who can have LipiFlow dry eye treatment?
About 85% of patients have meibomian gland disease as part of their dry eye disease and nearly all of them are candidates for LipiFlow.
We are very excited to offer this new treatment as part of our focus on dry eye at QEI as another tool to help in a disease that can be challenging for so many of our patients.
1. Lemp, M. A., Crews, L. A., Bron, A. J., Foulks, G. N., & Sullivan, B. D. (2012). Distribution of Aqueous-Deficient and Evaporative Dry Eye in a Clinic-Based Patient Cohort. Cornea, 31(5), 472-478.