One of the biggest causes of dry eye syndrome is meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD).  This condition leads to issues with the eye’s tear film lipid layer, the oily protective layer over our eyes. MGD occurs when the glands that produce the oil become blocked.

Lipiflow is increasingly becoming the number one method for relieving MGD and its dry eye effects. Lipiflow can help replenish your eye’s tear film, restoring comfortable sight.

Before you can decide whether or not Lipiflow is right for you, you’ll need to understand the potential Lipiflow risks and side effects. Keep reading to learn more from your McAllen ophthalmologist.

What Is Lipiflow?

Lipiflow is a method of breaking down blockages in your ocular glands to relieve dry eye symptoms. Lipiflow works by applying gentle and precise pressure to your eyes and eyelids. You don’t need to worry about any pain during your procedure as your eyes will be numbed. 

The procedure takes about an hour, but the pressure will only be applied to your eyes for around 12 minutes each. If you do experience any discomfort during your procedure, your doctor can pause the procedure and begin again after a break.

Are There Any Lipiflow Side-Effects?

Like most procedures, there are potential side effects that you may experience after undergoing Lipiflow. These Lipiflow side effects are very rare, only temporary, and should go away on their own:

  • Irritation and swelling
  • Dryness
  • Blurry vision
  • Burning or stinging
  • Discharge
  • Redness
  • Light sensitivity

Are There Any Lipiflow Risks?

There are very few Lipiflow risks and none that pose a serious danger to your health. Like Lipiflow side-effects, these risks are very rare, and you can get more information from your McAllen eye doctor. The first risk of Lipiflow is that it may not work for everyone, and some may experience minimal worsening of their gland blockages. 

For others, the procedure may need to be repeated as soon as six months after the initial treatment. Finally, there’s a small chance that you could experience a burning sensation in your eyes for up to a month after Lipiflow.

Is Lipiflow Right for You?

While Lipiflow can offer significant dry eye relief with very few side effects, it isn’t right for everyone. You can talk to your McAllen ophthalmologist to learn whether or not Lipiflow is right for you, but in general, you shouldn’t undergo Lipiflow if you’ve recently had eye surgery, an eye injury, or an eye infection, or if you have an incomplete blink.

Find Lipiflow Dry Eye Relief at Gelman Vision

If you’re suffering from dry eye syndrome, you’d probably give just about anything to get some relief. Thankfully, you don’t have to go to extremes to relieve your dry eyes. You can find comfort with a Lipiflow procedure.

If you’re ready to stop struggling with dry eyes, come see us at Gelman Vision to learn whether or not Lipiflow can offer you relief. We can help you find the right treatment for your eyes.

Ready for dry eye relief? Come talk to us at Gelman Vision about Lipiflow for dry eye relief.

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