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Dry Eye Treatment
The Practice of Peter J. Cornell M.D and Stuart B. Stoll M.D. is the 1st private commercial practice in California and the Western United States to provide LipiView® and the groundbreaking treatment of the LipiFlow® Thermal Pulsation System.
Dry Eye is a long-term chronic disease that can take years to develop – and may worsen if left untreated. More than 100 million people have Dry Eye. If you’ve been unable to receive long-lasting relief from the over-the-counter or prescription remedies you’ve tried, it may be because they haven’t been targeting the primary cause of your condition – the blockage of your Meibomian Glands located in your eyelids. Perhaps you’ve tried things like eye drops and warm compresses, which many find inconvenient and only offer short-term relief.The LipiFlow® Thermal Pulsation System may be the solution you have been waiting for!
There are two main forms of this disease: Evaporative Dry Eye and Aqueous Deficient Dry Eye.
Evaporative Dry Eye accounts for 86% of all dry eye cases and is caused by blockages in the Meibomian glands located in your eyelids.
This condition of obstructed glands is known as Meibomian Gland Dysfunction. These glands are responsible for creating the lipid (oil) layer of tears. When the glands aren't working as they should, you don't have enough tear film oil, and your tears – which lubricate your eyes and keep them comfortable - evaporate too quickly. An insufficient oil layer can cause your tears to evaporate 4x-16x faster.
Aqueous Deficient Dry Eye occurs when the lacrimal glands do not create a sufficient amount of aqueous (water) to keep the eyes moist.
Common Symptoms of Dry Eye
- discomfort and irritation
- grittiness or feeling of a foreign body in the eye
- burning or stinging sensation
- vision disturbance
- sensitivity to light
How Dry Eye can negatively impact your vision – and your life
The symptoms of Dry Eye can be uncomfortable – and a big burden. Basic visual tasks, such as reading, using a computer, driving or watching television may become difficult. Wearing contact lenses may be impossible. And, you might find that symptoms worsen later in the day, keeping you from enjoying the activities you want to do.
Underlying the considerable discomfort is a real physical condition that needs treatment to stop the cycle of Dry Eye deterioration and worsening symptoms. Dry Eye is a chronic disease – and without proper management, the deterioration may look like this:
- Increased evaporation of tears
- Unstable tear film
- Damage to the eye surface
- Further discomfort
- Inflammation of cell damage
- Fluctuation and decrease in vision
LipiFlow® is designed to provide relief, so you can get on with your life. Evaporative Dry Eye can be a thing of the past with LipiFlow®!
How do we determine if you are suffering from Dry Eye?
In our Dry Eye Clinic we will conduct a series of evaluations and determine the likely cause of your Dry Eye Symptoms.
First, you will complete a Dry Eye Lifestyle Questionnaire – this brief assessment allows us to understand how your eyes feel on a daily basis. (Feel free to print out our online copy, complete the questionnaire, and bring it to your next appointment.)
If the questionnaire indicates symptoms beyond mild, we will proceed with LipiView® - This technology allows the physician to evaluate the lipid (oil) layer on your eye.
Here’s how it works: LipiView® takes extremely detailed images of your eye’s tear film.
The procedure is non-invasive, is performed in our office, and takes less than five minutes.The tear film can be clearly seen as an array of colors that are reflected when a light source is directed towards the front surface of the eye and readings are instantly calculated and displayed on the LipiView® monitor.
Typically, our physician will perform a Meibomian gland evaluation, if you have evidence of a lipid deficiency.
The LipiView® Diagnostic Procedure is FDA approved but not covered by insurance. The out of pocket cost to the patient is $150.00.
Following these evaluations, we will then determine whether or not you have Evaporative Dry Eye or Meibomian Gland Dysfunction and if you are a candidate for LipiFlow®.
LipiFlow®, the groundbreaking treatment, addresses the cause of Evaporative Dry Eye
As previously noted, if you’ve been unable to receive long-lasting relief from the over-the-counter or prescription remedies you’ve tried, it may be because they haven’t been targeting the primary cause of your condition – the blockage of your Meibomian Glands located in your eyelids.
The LipiFlow® Thermal Pulsation System, by TearScience®, is a significant technological shift managing evaporative dry eye. With a single procedure, applying a combination of directed heat and pulsatile pressure, many find a single treatment effective in relieving the blockage of their Meibomian glands. The LipiFlow® System is intended for the application of localized heat and pressure therapy in adult patients with evaporative dry eye. Opening the blocked glands may allow your body to resume its natural production of tear film oil.
NO OTHER DRY EYE THERAPIES DO WHAT THE THERMAL PULSATION SYSTEM CAN!
LipiFlow® treatment is clinically proven with sustained results. In a clinical study about 79% of patients reported an improvement in overall dry eye symptoms after a single LipiFlow® treatment.LipiFlow® is an FDA approved procedure that is not covered by insurance. The out of pocket cost of the procedure is $775.00/eye.
If you’re ready to get started, call us to schedule an assessment appointment. Reduce your dependence on drops or maybe even eliminate them. Goodbye, Evaporative Dry Eye. Hello LipiFlow®.
Please click on the following link if you would like to fill out the Dry Eye Lifestyle Questionnaire: