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Treat the Cause of Dry Eye

Learn about the new LipiFlow treatment that targets the cause of your evaporative dry eye.

Thanks to a recent scientific breakthrough, it’s now possible to effectively treat Meibomian Gland Dysfunction and Evaporative Dry Eye – with a simple procedure that can be performed right in the doctor’s office.

TearScience technology represents a major shift in the science of dry eye. The LipiFlow Thermal Pulsation System can be used to apply heat and pressure designed to unblock the meibomian glands, which allows the glands to resume natural lipid secretion.


A New Tool: LipiView Ocular Surface Interferometer

LipiView is an instrument developed to observe the tear film. It uses interferometry to capture images of the tear film, processing 14 million pixels per second – more than a billion data points in total – for evaluation of the tear film.

Tear film can be clearly seen as an array of colors that are reflected when a light source is directed towards the front surface of the eye.


The LipiView Interferometer is an office-based instrument containing a computer system, chin rest and forehead rest, camera and zoom lens, illuminator and a touchscreen display.

LipiView Video

Real time capture of the tear film. A LipiView image of the tear film can be captured during a non-invasive in-office exam that takes about 5 minutes.

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How LipiView Works

The LipiView Interferometer operates on the principle of white light interferometry and provides an interferometry color assessment of the tear film by specular reflection. The patient’s eye is positioned in front of an illumination source directed toward the tear film on the corneal surface. Light from the illumination source passes through the tear film and is specularly reflected into a camera. The light reflecting back through the lens in the camera forms an interference pattern, called an interferogram. The computer system captures a video image file that is recorded over time since the interference pattern changes as the tear film is distributed across the cornea during blinking.

The computer system captures and enhances the interference pattern and displays a profile corresponding to an interferometry scale. The interferometry assessment is presented as a one-page report to your physician, who will use it to help him/her evaluate your tear film.

The Meibomian Gland Evaluator

The Meibomian Gland Evaluator (MGE) is a handheld instrument used by a physician to evaluate meibomian gland secretions during a routine eye examination. The presence of liquid oil from a meibomian gland orifice during assessment with the MGE indicates the meibomian gland is not obstructed.

With LipiFlow, Treat a Common Cause of Evaporative Dry Eye

The LipiFlow Thermal Pulsation System is a significant technological shift in the approach to Meibomian Gland Dysfunction and Evaporative Dry Eye, allowing for the treatment of blockages of the eyelid (meibomian) glands during an office visit. Opening and clearing blocked glands allows the body to resume the natural production of lipids (oils) needed for the tear film.

For the first time, the LipiFlow’s single-use eyepiece allows controlled application of warmth and pressure to the eyelids, treating the affected meibomian glands in the upper and lower lids simultaneously. The device is designed to facilitate removal of the meibomian gland blockage without damage to glands or negative impact to delicate structures of the eye.

damage to glands or negative impact to delicate structures of the eye.

How LipiFlow Works


LipiFlow utilizes technology to control heat to the inner eyelid surface (close to the location of the meibomian glands) and intermittent pressure to the outer eyelid surface, to facilitate release of lipid from the cystic meibomian glands.

The eyepiece contacts the outer eyelid and contains a soft, flexible bladder that intermittently inflates to provide controlled pressure to the eyelids. The revolutionary application of heat to the inner surface of the lid is intended to provide heat close to the location of the glands.

The procedure takes 12 minutes for each eye and is performed in the doctor’s office. In a clinical study, 76% of patients reported improvement of their symptoms within two weeks.

A revolutionary, in-office system for Evaporative Dry Eye

The LipiFlow Thermal Pulsation System provides a major and welcome advance in the treatment of Meibomian Gland Dysfunction and Evaporative Dry Eye.LipiFlow

As impressive as what the technology does is where it can be used: in the comfort and familiarity of your physician’s office.

Treatment and follow-up is overseen by your physician, and can be performed the same day of your initial evaluation.

What to Expect Treatment:

The disposable LipiFlow eyepiece fits around the lower lid and is shaped to prevent contact with the cornea. Once in place, you can simply recline in the exam room chair during the procedure, which takes approximately 12 minutes for each eye. Within two weeks, 76% of patients reported an improvement in their symptoms


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