The LipiFlow Thermal Pulsation System enables physicians to treat obstructed Meibomian glands. These glands inside the eyelid secrete lipid (oil) that produce the lipid layer of the tear film. Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD) causes the lipid layer to be compromised in dry eye conditions. Without an adequate lipid layer, the rate of evaporation of the tear film from the eye is excessive, resulting in a dry eye state. The most common cause of meibomian gland dysfunction is obstruction and blockage of the ducts and orifices of these glands. By restoring or improving the lipid layer, the rate of evaporation is decreased and relief from the dry eye state can be achieved.
How it Works: The LipiFlow Activator is a sterile, single-use biocompatible component that consists of a combined lid warmer and eyecup. The lid warmer generates heat directed onto both the upper and lower inner eyelid surfaces. Behind the eyecup, an inflatable bladder pulses against the outer eyelids. The disposable fits under the eyelid, simultaneously delivering heat and pressure to both the upper and lower lids. Treatment time is only 12 minutes per eye and is performed in-office under continuous monitoring.
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