Ground-breaking Dry Eye Treatment Now Available at the UCLA Laser Refractive Center
The UCLA Laser Refractive Center at the Stein Eye Institute in Los Angeles is proud to be the first eye center in the Western United States to offer the LipiFlow® Thermal Pulsation System, a revolutionary new treatment for the most common cause of Dry Eye disease. The oily portion of the tear film is essential to prevent evaporation of tears.
More than 65% of patients suffering from dry eye complaints (dryness, irritation, light sensitivity, vision fluctuations) have oil deficient dry eye due to obstruction of the oil producing tear glands found in the eyelids. The LipiFlow® treatment is a twelve-minute, in office therapy using a device that comfortably heats and massages the eyelids to remove the obstruction of the oil producing glands. Preliminary studies demonstrate an average duration of symptom relief of 9 months.
To find out more about this advanced treatment for dry eye patients in Los Angeles, contact our office at 310-825-2737.
Due to its complex nature, dry eye disease is often times under diagnosed. When it is diagnosed, accuracy is difficult since common dry eye symptoms can mimic the same symptoms as those of other ailments, like ocular allergies.
There are two predominant forms of Dry Eye – aqueous and evaporative. Evaporative dry eye, which affects 65% of sufferers, is caused by meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) or blocked glands that create a deficiency in the oil layer of the tear film. This can be the beginning of other dry eye disease problems including damage to the cornea and sight-related issues.
Tears are made up of three layers
Common Symptoms of Evaporative Dry Eye Disease
- discomfort & irritation
- sensitivity to light
- feeling of foreign body in eye
- burning or stinging sensation
- vision disturbance
These symptoms may also be accompanied by:
- difficulty performing visual tasks, such as reading, watching TV and driving
- inability to wear contact lenses
- constant use of eye drops
- trouble being out in the sun
- symptoms that worsen late in the day