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    Lipiflow
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    An_255620 posted:
    I have dry eyes and am using Restasis currently. My ophthalmologist has recently learned about Lipiflow procedure and is offering it to qualifying patients.
    My oil glands are blocked and so it is recommended that I have this procedure.
    Any advice?
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    Alan M Kozarsky, MD responded:
    Lipiflow is a relatively new treatment based upon a device which warms the eyelids in a very controlled fashion and along with gentle pressure is intended to improve the normal flow of the oil layer which keeps your own tears from evaporating.

    For people that have eye irritation due to dry eyes or improperly functioning eyelid glands (Meibomian glands) it is reasonable to consider Lipiflow treatment. The treatment is performed in the office and does not take very long.

    There are no real downsides to the treatment other than the fact that it is not covered by insurance and it is expensive. It does not cure the underlying irritation tendency but is thought to give relief for many months to responding individuals.
     
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    commandosmom replied to Alan M Kozarsky, MD's response:
    Thank you for your reply Dr. Kozarsky! Now I will proceed with my appointment to have this treatment done! I feel better about it having heard the same positive words from you too! It IS new and I didn't have enough confidence or knowledge to do it. Now I will!


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