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Pacific Northwest Dry Eye Sufferers Gain Access to Breakthrough Treatment at Specialty Eyecare Group
Date:12/4/2013

d R. Korb, and they offer a significant advancement for treating Evaporative Dry Eye that allows the glands that make the oil part of the tears to resume their natural production of lipids which are needed for a healthy tear film. The timing for bringing LipiFlow to our Pacific Northwest Dry Eye Practice was so that we can help patients enjoy the winter without worrying about all the typical Evaportative Dry Eye discomforts that are so common this time of year.”

For patients who suffer from Evaporative Dry Disease, which can cause eyes to feel dry, irritated, gritty and may even cause blurred vision or sensitivity to sunlight, LipiFlow can be used to treat the root cause by unblocking obstructed Meibomian glands located in the eyelids during an in-office procedure. The goal of unblocking the Meibomian glands is to allow them to resume their natural production of lipids for a healthy tear film. Evaporative Dry Eye differs from Aqueous Deficient Dry Eye, where the body is not able to produce adequate moisture to keep the eyes lubricated and are typically treated with pharmaceuticals like Restasis or with over the counter artificial tears. According to a recent study1, 86 percent of dry eye patients suffer from Evaporative Dry Eye. Left untreated, Evaporative Dry Eye is a chronic, progressive disease that will worsen over time. Patients who undergo a LipiView screening gain unprecedented insight into their disease to make informed decisions about treatment if they are a candidate for LipiFlow. In TearScience’s multi-center, randomized, controlled clinical study, 79 percent of patients reported an improvement in overall dry eye symptoms within four weeks of a single LipiFlow treatment.

TearScience gained FDA clearance in February 2012 for its system that assesses and treats Evaporative Dry Eye, which occurs when Meibomian glands in the eyelids become obstructed and do not secrete the oily lipids needed to keep the water portion of tears from evaporat
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