treatment

12

minute

Application of heat at

42.5 ºC

and massage of the eyelids

One session approximately every

9-12

months

What is thermal pulsation?

Thermal pulsation (LipiFlow) consists of the localised application of heat and therapeutic pressure on the four eyelids (upper and lower) with the aim of improving drainage of the Meibomian glands. These glands are responsible for providing the tears with oil to prevent evaporation and ensure good quality.

In which cases is it used?

LipiFlow is used to treat Meibomian gland dysfunction, related to blepharitis (inflammation) of the lower eyelids and ocular dryness. It is, in fact, the most common cause of dry eye, which is estimated to affect about 85% of patients with this disorder.

It usually affects elderly people, patients with hormonal disorders (adolescence and menopause), contact lens wearers due to overuse or those who have undergone skin disease treatment or chemotherapy.

Prior examination

Full optometric and ophthalmic examination, in addition to complementary tests that the specialist may request. This is the case, for example, of meibography, in which an anatomical image of the Meibomian glands is taken to determine correct functioning, specify diagnosis and enable subsequent assessment of the effectiveness of treatment.

During treatment

The application of thermal pulsation takes 12 minutes and is performed in the consulting room under topical anaesthesia (drops) to prevent any possible discomfort for the patient.

The LipiFlow system consists of a monitor that shows the parameters of the treatment and a sterile single-use piece that is placed over the eye, which is designed to protect the cornea and is equipped with multiple sensors that enable the temperature and pressure supplied to be controlled.

This piece provides heat (42.5°C) to the inside and outside of the eyelids, and massages from its outer side to release Meibomian gland obstructions and enable the secretion of the oil necessary to maintain tear quality.

After treatment

The treatment makes it possible to recover the stability of the tear film and reduce its evaporation, inflammation and damage to the ocular surface, thereby improving the patient’s symptoms.

It has proven to be more effective than the conventional application of hot swabs to the eyes to take care of eyelid hygiene, although they are not exclusive. It is also necessary to perform daily maintenance at home (see tips (new)) between sessions, usually repeated at 9 or 12 months, depending on the severity of the process.

Associated pathologies

FAQs

IMO Institute of Ocular Microsurgery

Josep María Lladó, 3
08035 Barcelona
Phone: (+34) 934 000 700
E-mail: informacion@imo.es
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41º 24’ 38” N – 02º 07’ 29” E

Exit 7 of the Ronda de Dalt (mountain side). The clinic has a car park with more than 200 parking spaces.

By bus

Autobus H2: Rotonda de Bellesguard, parada 1540

Autobus 196: Josep Maria Lladó-Bellesguard, parada 3191

Autobuses H2, 123, 196: Ronda de Dalt – Bellesguard, parada 0071

IMO Madrid

C/ Valle de Pinares Llanos, 3
28035 Madrid
Phone: (+34) 910 783 783
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Public transport

Metro Lacoma (líne 7)
Autobuses:

  • Lines 49 & 64, stop “Senda del Infante”
  • Line N21, stop “Metro Lacoma”

Timetables

Patient care:
Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

IMO Andorra

Av. de les Nacions Unides, 17
AD700 Escaldes-Engordany, Andorra
Phone: (+37) 688 55 44
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IMO Manresa

C/ Carrasco i Formiguera, 33 (Baixos)
08242 – Manresa
Tel: (+34) 938 749 160
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Public transport

FGC. Line R5 & R50 direction Manresa. Station/Stop: Baixador de Manresa

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