First Lipiflow Procedure for LASIK Dry Eye
Today, I had my first Lipiflow treatment. If you are following My Story, the LASIK surgeon that operated on my eyes initially refused to consider this treatment. After 20 months of misery, I sought a second opinion and this doctor DID recommend it. My original LASIK surgeon eventually agreed to cover the cost of one procedure, but by this time I was working with my new doctor. Read more about this HERE.
Why??! As one of my friends in the medical field said, “I see these people with failed surgeries and they keep going back to the same surgeon to fix it. I don’t understand.” Amen brother. It would be like going back to the same tattoo artist that botched your tattoo. Or, the same mechanic that messed up your car. We could spend a lot of time here, but I won’t! I built this website to promote healing. And that’s what we are going to do. HEAL dammit. Let’s start with some background on the Lipiflow procedure.
What is Lipiflow?
LipiFlow uses vectored thermal pulsating eyepieces known as Activators. LipiFlow Activators are precisely designed to provide necessary inner and outer lid contact to properly apply heat and massage and evacuate the meibomian glands. The entire treatment takes approximately 12 minutes. Read More HERE. In Layman’s, they put these small cups over your eyeballs (inside your lids) and it heats your eye lids, while motors pulse and massage your glands.
How Much Does it Cost?
$750 per eye.
Does insurance cover it?
Mine wouldn't. Said it was "experimental."
Is it permanent?
No. It provides temporary relief. My doc said his patients see relief for a period of 1-3 years. I haven’t seen relief in 20 months so this sounds good.
Does it hurt?
I felt a little discomfort from the numbing drops they put in and the plastic inserts they put into your eyes. The nurse said that this was because my eyes are dry. YEP.
How long did it take?
Total office time about an hour. 12 minutes on the machine.
How did it feel?
The heat goes up to 108 degrees. It feels like little motors moving on your eye balls. Kind of weird. Kind of soothing.
Did it help?
I feel the same right now, a few hours later. It could be because the eye drops irritate me (numbing drops) and I read it can take some time to kick in. I’ll check back soon. Eye cup piece (shown above) goes under your eye lids so this was not so comfortable. I had to sign a waiver (in case it doesn't help). I really hope it does!!!!
Would this help me with my LASIK Dry Eye or other Dry Eye?
Check with your doctor. I have severe MGD from LASIK so it is ideal for me. Others it may not be if you don’t have a gland issue. I produce tears. They evaporate too quickly because my glands (in the eye lid) don’t produce enough oil to keep them on my eyeballs. = (
My eyes had some discomfort after the procedure, but I felt fabulous the next day! Since having the procedure, dryness and discomfort have diminished tremendously. I still have to use eye drops, but it is at much less frequency. About every 1-2 hours. One of my readers wrote me offline and said that he uses the Onyix Silicone Sleep shield. According to him, using this to protect his eyes at night helps prolong the benefits of the procedure. I've placed an order for this shield and will review it when it arrives! So far, a thumbs up for Lipiflow. I'll continue to check in. Let's pray that it provides some measure of long term relief.
Readers have recommended using the Onyix Silicone Sleep shield (pictured above) for dry eye relief (while sleeping) and to prolong the effects of Lipiflow. Check back for a review on these goggles when I test them for myself!
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