If you have burning, tearing, fluctuating vision; or if you’ve found benefit in warm eye compresses, the LipiFlow procedure can be of great benefit to you by improving symptoms and decreasing the need for medications, warm compresses or artificial tear drops.
The procedure is completely safe and non-invasive and lasts twelve minutes. Plan on being at the office for at least thirty minutes total. Most people have no issue driving home after the procedure and it is not painful.
If you are unsure if your symptoms are related to the oil layer of your tear film, a LipiView oil layer analysis can be administered to measure the thickness of your tear films oil layer. The procedure is not currently covered by any insurance carriers at this time, but you can use HSA or FSA.
While this treatment is not ideal for everyone, there is nothing else available that can relieve oil layer deficient dry eye as well as LipiFlow. We will only have the LipiView and Lipiflow system in office every three months. The treatment will be available this upcoming Wednesday, September 6th and Thursday September 7th. To make an appointment, click the button below. If you have any further questions, please call the office and ask to speak to Dr. Biondo directly.
11/12/2017 10:48:30 pm
can lipiflow procedure be done if you have macular degeneration
11/14/2017 12:21:02 pm
Yes it can. The lipiflow acts on the front of the eye and will have no effect on the retina, where macular degeneration occurs.
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Andrew Biondo, OD, FSLS is the Primary Medical Director at Kirkwood Eye Associates in Kirkwood, MO. Serving the greater St. Louis area, Dr. Biondo has 12 years of experience as an eye care provider, health educator & consultant to the specialty contact lens industry. His special interests include contact lenses, dry eye disease, glaucoma, macular degeneration, laser eye surgery & preventive vision care.