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LipiFlow®  Thermal Pulsation System

Breakthrough Treatment for Dry Eye Disease

Harvard Eye Associates Introduces a Advanced Technology!

The Doctors featured Orange County eye specialists Harvard Eye Association Harvard Eye Associates featured on "The Doctors", click here to watch Dr. Hovanesian demonstrate breakthrough new technology for dry eye. Harvard Eye Associates is proud to be the first practice in Southern California to offer LipiFlow® Thermal Pulsation System, a revolutionary new treatment for the most common cause of Dry Eye disease.

Dry eye disease is often caused from degeneration or deficiencies in the oil layer of the eyes tear film. These oily lipids help provide a protective layer, so that the eyes aqueous (water) layer do not evaporate away. Lipiflow® can treat patients that may have meibomiam gland dysfunction caused from blocked oil glands. Once the glands are unblocked, the oily (lipid) layer may become restored, allowing for a healthy tear film. Meibomiam gland disease accounts for 86% of dry eye cases in the United States.

Diagnoses and Symptoms of Dry Eye

Dry eye disease is often goes undiagnosed. When it is diagnosed, it's difficult to accurately pinpoint since dry eye symptoms can mimic the same symptoms as those of other ailments, like eye allergies.

Dry eye disease has many symptoms including dryness, soreness, grittiness, visual fluctuation, and burning. Dry Eye can cause severe issues with reading, driving, working on a computer, wearing contacts and being outdoors, especially on windy days. As strange as it sounds, one common indication you might have dry eyes is actually excessive tearing of the eyes.

Tears are made up of three layers

Lipiflow Thermal Pulsation System for dry eye disease.

Long-Term Problems of Dry Eye

Dry eye disease affects more than 100 million people throughout the world. This disease occurs in both aqueous and evaporative forms, with 65% of cases stemming from Evaporative Dry Eye. If not treated correctly, this can lead to more serious issues including cornea damage and other sight related issues.

LipiFlow® Thermal Pulsation fights Evaporative Dry Eye from the root of the problem by applying direct, controlled warmth and pressure to the inner eyelid and glands. Pulsations empty the affected glands of clogging oils, allowing for the eye's normal lipid flow to resume. The process is virtually pain free for patients and can usually be performed the same day as examination or through outpatient sessions.

In a clinical study, 79% of patients who underwent LipiFlow® Thermal Pulsation reported improvement of their symptoms within four weeks of the start of treatment. As gland function and normal lipid flow began to resume, patients reported being less susceptible to dry eye symptoms, many claiming complete symptom relief.

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Dry Eye Treatment Study - LipiFlow Thermal Pulsation

Are you suffering from Dry Eyes?

The LipiFlow Thermal Pulsation System ( is a service to help people suffering from dry eye, offering a significant technological shift in evaporative dry eye treatment by effectively relieving blockage of the eyelid glands during an in-office treatment. Opening the blocked eyelid glands allows the body to resume the natural production of lipids (oils) needed for the tear film. 70% of what causes Evaporative Dry Eye disease (also known as meibomian gland dysfunction) is evaporative or lipid deficient dry eye. Common dry eye symptoms include:

  • dryness tearing
  • discomfort and irritation sensitivity to light
  • grittiness discharge
  • feeling of foreign body in eye tiredness
  • burning or stinging sensation itching
  • vision disturbance redness

To find out whether you can benefit from the LipiFlow treatment:

1. Download and complete our Dry Eye Symptom Questionnaire.
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