Dr. Michael Manning of Palm Harbor treats Randy Matscherz with LipiFlow, a new device to treat Dry Eye Disease.
Palm Harbor, Florida - There's a new non-invasive procedure offering hope to people who suffer with the pain and discomfort of dry eye.
Dry eye disease stems from a deficiency in the oily lipid layer of the eye's natural tear film.
The FDA approved the procedure called LipiFlow for Dry Eye Disease in the U.S. last summer. The device applies heat and pressure to the insides of the eyelids, unclogging the oil glands that are needed to keep tears from drying up.
LipiFlow has been approved overseas for the last three years.
Dr. Michael Manning started using LipiFlow at Gulfcoast Eye Care in Palm Harbor last month.
The treatment lasts about a year before the ducts get clogged up again, But Dr. Manning says there are patients overseas who got the procedure three years ago and have yet to need a follow up.
The procedure runs about $800 per eye. Dr. Manning says if you break it down it's about the same as paying the $130 a month for prescription eye drops.
You can click on the video link and hear more about the procedure. You can also hear one patient's experience with the treatment.