LipiView® to Diagnose Dry Eye: What is LipiView®?
LipiView is an innovative new imaging tool used to detect the level of a patient’s dry eyes. Your doctor will use this evaluation to get a better view of your eyes’ film production and determine whether you have Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD), a blockage of your eyes’ oil producing glands. LipiView uses a special digital image of your eye that allows our doctors to see and measure the lipid layer of your tear film. Your doctor is then able to evaluate what, if any, tear therapy would benefit you.
LipiView is done in our office and only takes about 5 minutes. You will simply look into a camera and blink normally. You will be able to see pictures of your own glands, and your physician will be able to determine whether you have Meibomian Gland Dysfunction. LipiView can also evaluate your blinking function by assessing if your blinks are complete. Incomplete blinking results in a poor quality tear film which can increase dry eye symptoms.
Preparing for the LipiView Exam
Here are some helpful guidelines to help you prepare for your initial dry eye consultation and LipiView analysis. Do not wear contact lenses or oil-based cosmetics to your visit. Also, do not do any of the following for at least 24 hours prior to your LipiView exam:
- Use artificial tears
- Use eyelid creams or ointments
- Use Restasis
- Vigorously rub your eyes
- Swim in a chlorinated pool
Other Dry Eye Assessment Procedures
After undergoing the LipiView procedure, your doctor may still require other eye tests to determine the extent and cause of your dry eye condition. Once these are complete, he or she will then discuss with you whether LipiFlow® would be beneficial for relieving your dry eye symptoms.
Call us today to schedule your dry eye evaluation and begin the process of controlling or eliminating your dry eye symptoms!