The Lipiflow System represents more than 10 years of dedicated research and is protected by more than 30 patents. Lipiflow applies simultaneous peristaltic pressure and heat to the meibomian glands. The procedure centres around the breakthrough Vector Thermal Pulse
Technology™(VTP) with heat and pressure being regulated with electronic sensors to control the exact amount of heat and pressure.
Heat therapy can help to melt the contents of the gland to alleviate the blockage and allow a better flow of lipid to be produced. Heat therapies designed for home use eg., hot flannels, heated bean bags, dry bags etc. can reduce symptoms, but have limitations to their effectiveness.
- They do not maintain their temperature and cool down too quickly to have a sustained effect
- The heat can only be applied to the outer eyelid and therefore isn’t targeting the correct area where the glands lie
- In addition the eyelid tissue itself has insulating properties further reducing the effect of the treatment
With the development of Lipiflow these problems have been addressed. The system applies constant, controlled, directional heat to the inner surface of the eyelid while protecting the rest of the eye with an insulated shield, thus providing precise, thermally controlled, safe heat to the targeted area. This, in addition to the application of pressure, facilitates the release of secretion from the obstructed gland helping to improve
the lipid layer and relieve the symptoms of dry eyes.
As a result, the obstructed meibum is liquefied and expelled out of the gland orifices. This allows the glands the ability to begin refunctioning and hopefully producing more normal meibomian oil with resultant increase in the quality of tears and a reduction of symptoms on the one hand as well as slowing or reversing the damage of obstructed permanently obstructed glands on the other hand.