Lipiflow Specialist

Lifetime Eyecare

Optometrists & Aesthetic Specialists located in Jenison, MI

Nearly 90% of people with dry eyes have a condition called Meibomian gland dysfunction, or MGD. Lifetime Eyecare in Jenison, Michigan, offers a breakthrough treatment called LipiFlow® Thermal Pulsation to treat dry eye caused by MGD. A Certified Dry Eye Center of Excellence, the practice features the eye care expertise of Allen Smith, OD, and Nicole Gdowski, OD. Get the care for your dry eyes that you deserve. Call today or book a consultation online.

Lipiflow Q & A

What causes dry eyes?

Meibomian gland dysfunction, or MGD, is believed to be the most common cause of dry eyes. MGD happens when the tiny Meibomian gland isn’t lubricating your eye the way it should.

 

Your tears contain three layers:

  • Oil layer - lubricates and prevents evaporation
  • Water layer - protects and nourishes your cornea
  • Mucin layer - helps tears adhere to your eyes

The Meibomian gland provides the oil layer. When the gland s blocked and cannot provide oil to lubricate your eye, your eye becomes dry. Without enough lubrication, your eyelid may abrade your cornea, leading to inflammation and cell damage. Left untreated, MGD can progress and may cause permanent damage.

What is LipiFlow?

LipiFlow is an innovative FDA-approved device to safely, effectively treat dry eyes. LipiFlow delivers pulses of thermal energy to gently massage and unclog your Meibomian gland. It flushes the dead cells blocking your gland away, and your unobstructed gland can again produce the natural lipid layer that helps to keep your eyes moist.

Am I a good candidate for LipiFlow?

Dr. Smith and Dr. Gdowski use a small device called a Meibomian gland evaluator to determine whether you’d benefit from LipiFlow. The device creates pressure that mimics a deliberate blink of your eyelid and scores the resulting secretions on a scale from zero to three.

  • Zero: No secretions
  • 1: Insippated secretion
  • 2: Cloudy secretions
  • 3: Clear secretions

Dr. Gdowski or Dr. Smith also take images of the upper and lower lids to determine gland loss. Then they assess your secretions while looking through a slit lamp to see if you’re a candidate for LipiFlow.

What happens during LipiFlow?

When you arrive at Lifetime Eyecare, a technician administers drops in your eyes to numb them and gently places the small LipiFlow device under your eyelid. The device delivers gentle pressure and therapeutic heat to your eyelid to unclog your gland while protecting your cornea and eye from undue heat.

Your treatment is brief, lasting around 12 minutes per eye. Only one treatment is needed to restore your eye’s natural moisture and relieve dry eye symptoms.

If you’ve been struggling with chronic dry eyes, Lifetime Eyecare offers the latest therapies to treat blocked Meibomian glands and other chronic dry eye conditions. Protect your eye health by calling today or booking a consultation online.