Our tears are made up of three layers: a mucous layer, an aqueous (water) layer, and a lipid (oil) layer. Our meibomian glands, found at the margins of the upper and lower lids, create the lipid layer of our tear film. This layer helps lubricate the eye and prevent evaporation of our tears. If our meibomian glands aren’t functioning properly, they make an oil that is too thick (like half melted butter instead of olive oil). This thick oil will not properly coat the ocular surface, allowing tears to evaporate a faster rate than normal – leading to dry eyes.
LipiFlow is a painless, in office treatment that helps treat dry eye syndrome caused when your meibomian glands aren’t functioning properly. This technology works by applying soothing heat and gentle pressure to clear the blocked glands that secrete the oil in order to restore normal function to your meibomian glands.
What should I expect with the procedure?
The procedure itself will take approximately 12 minutes, but plan to be in the dry eye clinic for 45 minutes to an hour. There are no restrictions following the procedure.
Is LipiFlow covered by my insurance?
No. Although LipiFlow has full FDA approval and clinical testing showing that it was effective and safe, insurance companies will not cover LipiFlow. We offer flexible financing plans with approved credit through Wells Fargo or CareCredit. Visit our Insurance and Payments page for more details.
Hear what patients are saying about LipiFlow
Clinical studies showed that 79% of patients noticed improvement in their overall dry eye symptoms after just one treatment. Here’s what our patients have said..
“For years my eyes would burn, water, and my vision would blur. Once I even had to pull over from driving because my eyes were burning and watering so bad. Doctors gave me drops to use, but they didn’t really help much. I was nervous about having LipiFlow treatment, but it was a pleasant experience and felt good! I noticed improvement in my eyes by the time I got out of the chair. Since the treatment my eyes feel better and I no longer notice a burning sensation in my eyes!”
– Mr. Patterson
“For the last few years my eyes have burned, felt scratchy, and been very dry. I have tried prescription drops as well as every kind and every brand of over the counter lubricating drops, but none of them seemed to really help. When I met with Dr. Elliott he really listened to me and to what I had to say. He recommended LipiFlow so I tried it. The experience itself felt really good, like it was massaging my eyes. Now that I’ve had LipiFlow I can drive at night again! I can see things at a distance better, and I don’t have the itching or dryness anymore! I have to recommend this!”
– Mrs. Sanders
“My eyes started bothering me about 10 years ago. They burned and tears would constantly run down my face. My eyes turned red and the skin would be irritated under them. I used different kinds of drops, but nothing worked. Finally when it didn’t get better on its own, I came here to Ludwick Eye Center. Dr. Elliott was wonderful to me and very thorough. He recommended LipiFlow so I decided to give it a try. Since having the procedure my eyes keep getting better, better, and better. LipiFlow has made such a difference in my life, and I would absolutely recommend it to other people!”
– Mrs. Watz
“Since the procedure, my eyes feel wonderful. Even though there were few glands secreting lubrication, this procedure appears to have really made a difference. My vision is now crystal clear and I am able to read books again without problems. My eyes haven’t felt this good in years. Even my night vision has improved… no blurriness whatsoever. The Oasis drops are wonderful and I enjoy the Lid Wash. I just can’t thank you enough. My vision is probably the most important part of my health and I was concerned about my future. Thanks to you and LipiFlow, I no longer feel hopeless. LipiFlow is like a spa for my eyes! Thank you!”