Evaporative dry eye is a chronic condition caused by an insufficient lipid layer in the tear film. This deficiency can result from chronically clogged Meibomian glands in your eyelid. This is known as Meibomian Gland Dysfunction or MGD. If you suffer from evaporative dry eye and MGD, we provide LipiFlow treatment, which may provide long lasting relief from dry eyes.
What is Evaporative Dry Eye?
Evaporative dry eye is an uncomfortable condition that can negatively affect a patient’s quality of life. Inadequate oil secretion can cause this condition. Oil helps prevent tear film evaporation. Since your eyes are open most times of the day, the lack of oil means atmospheric evaporation can cause your eyes to dry up. If you suffer from this condition, contact our optometrists in Rockville, MD to perform an accurate diagnosis and determine if you qualify for LipiFlow.
How Does LipiFlow Help?
Instead of simply dealing with symptoms, LipiFlow focuses on treating the source of dry eye: the lack of oil. This revolutionary approach opens and clears the blocked meibomian glands. This allows them to resume the natural production of oils that are necessary for healthy tear film. LipiFlow achieves this through precisely controlled heat application to your inner eyelid and mild intermittent pressure.
We can perform this procedure in our offices. This virtually painless procedure can take as little as 12 minutes per eye, but the relief it provides is long lasting. As specialists in advanced eye care and eyeglasses in Rockville, MD, we provide a process that will be comfortable, sterile and effective. A significant number of patients who underwent LipiFlow treatment report a marked improvement in their overall dry eye symptoms.
If you suspect that you suffer from evaporative dry eye and MGD, feel free to contact us. Shady Grove Eye and Vision Care were among the first doctors in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area to treat patients with LipiFlow. Give us a call to learn more about LipiFlow or to request an appointment.