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“There wasn’t a dry eye in the house…”
…said no one ever who has suffered from Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD) – a fancy term that is used to describe a condition that is one of the leading causes of dry eyes.
Meibomian glands are vital to protecting our tear film, a super thin layer of fluid that covers the surface of our eyes. These glands are teeny tiny and are located in our eyelids – the muscles surrounding these glands get squeezed with every blink of the eye and secrete a small lipid droplet that forms the outermost layer of our tear film. Why do we care about this? This tear film has the very important job of lubricating the surface of our eye which aids eyelid movement, smooths the refracting surface so we can see correctly, and protects against irritants and temperature changes. When these little glands get clogged up, it can cause big problems!
Almost all of us have experienced dry eyes at some point in our lives, and while it can be annoying in the short term and nothing a couple drops of Visine can’t fix, some people are more prone to suffering from chronic dry eyes including:
- Contact lens wearers
- Post-menopausal women
- Those with certain autoimmune disorders, such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis
- Those who take certain medications such as beta-blockers and antihistamines
- HEAVY USERS OF ELECTRONIC DEVICES
Take a look at that last one – we can ALL relate to this one as electronic devices are widely used by just about everyone. I mean we’ve all seen those young kiddos who seem to know how to use a phone or tablet like they were practicing in the womb. Heck, even my great grandmother is pretty stealthy on her iPad!
Anyways, I diverge…
So what do you do if you have chronic dry eyes?
Well, in the past you could either choose to administer lubricating drops all day every day OR have your eye doctor manually unclog your Meibomian glands, which I’ve been told can be quite uncomfortable.
Introducing LipiFlow® Thermal Pulsation System.
LipiFlow® is a cutting-edge device that basically heats up and massages away the Meibomian gland blockage. Sounds simple enough, right? Although this technology has been around for about a decade, it is now becoming more widely available at many local optometry clinics, including ours!
Not only is LipiFlow® a non-invasive procedure with minimal to no discomfort, it only takes 12 minutes and you can drive yourself home after! Although some experience immediate relief, full effects often optimize over 6-8 weeks following the initial procedure.
More than 20 million Americans suffer from chronic dry eyes – if you are one of them, call us today to schedule a consultation to see if LipiFlow® is right for you!
We want to help you say “there wasn’t a dry eye in the house…” and MEAN IT!