What to expect during a Lipiflow treatment.
The 12-minute in office treatment will begin with you seated in a reclined chair. 1-2 drops of mild anesthetic will be placed in the eyes. Next the disposable eyepiece (activator) with the lid warmer will gently be placed under your lids and the eye cup outside your eye lids. You will be asked to close your eyes once the eyepiece is in place.
The Lipiflow will be activated. You will begin to feel warmth and gentle pressure on your eyelids. The eyepiece will become gradually warmer until reaches a therapeutic range then will remain at that temperature for the rest of the duration. The gentle pressure you will feel will remain constant for 2 minutes as the appropriate temperature is reached to begin melting the blockages within the glands. At the end of the 2 minutes the pressure will be released briefly.
Next, as the temperature is maintained the pressure will go through different modes, including slow increasing pressure and pulsation for several cycles throughout the remaining 10 minutes of treatment. This is done to facilitate removing the blockages from the glands.
Once the 12-minute treatment is up, the activators will be gently removed from your eyes. It is normal to have some discharge and slight stinging or irritation which may make interfere with vision right after. These symptoms should go away shortly after and you are able to put contact lenses in and drive home after.