How do I find out if what I have is Evaporative Dry Eye?
Your doctor can conduct a series of evaluations and determine whether or not Meibomian Gland Dysfunction and Evaporative Dry Eye are contributing to your chronic dry eye.
If I have Evaporative Dry Eye, what can I do about it?
In the past, the doctor may have sent you home and asked you to apply warm washcloths to your eye every day. You can still do so and continue omega supplements and drops. But, today you also have the option of using the LipiFlow Thermal Pulsation System, your doctor can address a leading cause of Evaporative Dry Eye during a single, in-office treatment.
Does it hurt?
In a clinical study, the average discomfort/pain score during treatment on a scale of 1-10 was 1.4 ± 1.4, which equates to awareness of heat and pressure without pain. For further information talk to your doctor.
How long does the treatment take?
Prepare to be at the physician’s office for about an hour. The treatment is roughly 12 minutes, per eye, but both eyes are usually done at the same time.
Will Lipiflow provide permanent relief?
Evaporative Dry Eye is a chronic disease and no known treatment is completely permanent. Sustained relief from LipiFlow is a function of numerous factors including: how long you have had the disease, your age, physiology and general health, and whether you continue to engage in activities that exacerbate the problem (such as staring at a computer screen for long periods of time).
What will happen if I ignore this problem?
Evaporative Dry Eye is a chronic disease. Without effective treatment, symptoms are likely to worsen, including:
> Further discomfort
> Permanent loss of gland function
> Cell damage
> Visual degradation
What begins as minor alterations to the tear film can turn into long-term pain and injury. Some patients with severe symptoms eventually report a drop-off in discomfort, which can mean that the nerves in the eye have stopped responding.