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Maryland Eye Associates is one of only a few eye centers in the region to offer the TearScience® LipiFlow® system for the diagnosis and treatment of dry eye syndrome and Meibomian Gland Disease (MGD).

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What are the causes and symptoms of Dry eye?

What causes Evaporative Dry Eye?

  • Age, contact lens use and hygiene, cosmetic use, and illnesses, particularly diabetes, may cause or exacerbate Evaporative Dry Eye.
  • Hormonal changes in women during menopause, particularly decreasing levels of estrogen, can cause thickening of the oils secreted by the Meibomian glands, which in turn can result in blockages.
  • Decreased estrogen levels may enhance conditions under which staphylococcal bacteria can proliferate in Meibomian glands. This results in a decreased oil secretion rate.

Who’s affected?

Over 100 million people worldwide suffer from dry eye disease. Men and women at any age can be affected; however, dry eye increases with age and often affects women after menopause.

What are the symptoms?

  • Dryness
  • Itching
  • Burning
  • Stinging
  • Tearing
  • Redness
  • Sensation of something in your eye
  • Sensitivity to light

Why is it important to treat dry eye?

If left untreated, dry eye can result in visual deterioration. Dry eye is a real physical condition that requires treatment to stop the cycle of deterioration and worsening symptoms. It is a chronic disease that must be properly diagnosed and managed. Without proper treatment, Dry eye deterioration may result in:

  • Increased tear evaporation
  • Unstable tear film
  • Damage to the eye’s surface (cornea)
  • Higher levels of discomfort
  • Inflammation and cell damage
  • Fluctuation and decrease in vision

How Does the LipiFlow® Treatment Work?

LipiFlow® is an FDA approved “dropless” treatment for dry eye and, in many of our patients, avoids the inconvenience of daily eye drops.

LipiFlow® directly treats the meibomian glands by using a combination of gentle massage and heat to improve the quality of the meibomian gland secretions. The treatment is painlessly performed in the office and can be repeated if needed. It does not require any medications and is a safe and comfortable 12-minute procedure.

Diagram of the Lipiflow machine on the eye showing the pressure points, heat points and eyelid gland location

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