Up until recently the “go to” standard treatment options include over-the-counter artificial tears for temporary dry eye relief, prescription therapies, and punctal plugs. However, there is a new treatment known as LipiFlow and Robbins Eye has invested in the equipment and necessary training to offer what is an revolutionary treatment regimen for this chronic problem.
LipiFlow Thermal Pulsation technology applies controlled heat to the inner eyelid, and mild intermittent pressure releasing lipids from the blocked Meibomian glands. It does this without damage to the glands or the delicate structures of the eye. LipiFlow treats the upper and lower eyelids simultaneously. In effect it unclogs the glands and allows your eyes to produce more and better quality tears.
In addition, there are medications which can be extremely helpful in treating the underlying inflammation. Restasis was the first eye dop FDA approved to treat keratoconjunctivitis sicca and Dry Eyes. It has helped millions of dry eye sufferers around the world. Last year a new drug received FDA approval to treat the signs and symptoms of chronic Dry Eye: Xiidra. These medications are instilled twice daily and are covered by many insurance plans