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    What is Dry Eye?

    Fort Collins Dry Eye Eye Center of Northern Colorado

    Fort Collins Dry Eye Eye Center of Northern ColoradoDry eye is caused by inadequate tear production or when tears evaporate too quickly. Without the proper amount of tears to lubricate and protect your eyes, the delicate tissues of the cornea can be damaged.



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    Symptoms of Dry Eye

    • Excessive eye watering
    • Itching and burning
    • Redness
    • Sensitivity to light
    • Feeling of sand or grit in the eyes
    • Pain
    • Blurred vision

    Complications of Dry Eye

    • Blepharitis or inflammation of the eyelids due to excess bacteria
    • Meibomian gland dysfunction, causing too much or too little oil in the tear film
    • Eye infections
    • Corneal scarring and vision problems


    LipiFlow®: Relief for Evaporative Dry Eye & Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD)

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    In order to properly treat dry eye, your doctor must first determine the root cause of your condition. Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD) accounts for 86% of dry eye caused by a blocked tear duct (Evaporative Dry Eye). Products like RESTASIS® do not treat Evaporative Dry Eye. Luckily there is an FDA-approved device that can safely and effectively provide relief: LipiFlow®.

    The Eye Center of Northern Colorado is proud to offer our dry eye patients the revolutionary LipiFlow treatment. Created by TearScience®, LipiFlow was shown to improve Evaporative Dry Eye symptoms in 79% of patients within four weeks of treatment. With LipiFlow technology, it is possible to directly treat the root cause of MGD.

    How LipiFlow Works

    The LipiFlow Thermal Pulsation System unblocks the eyelid glands, allowing them to resume production of complex natural oils. The treatment includes the application of precisely-controlled heat to the inner eyelid. The single-use activator applies adaptive pressure to stimulate the production of oils for tear film.

    Is LipiFlow Right for You?

    The LipiFlow treatment may not be right for your eyes. During an eye exam we can perform a series of evaluations to determine the root cause of your dry eye. We will use the non-invasive LipiView interferometer to assess your tear film and the Meibomian Gland EvaluatorTM to examine the quantity and quality of the oils.

    Our dry eye doctors can perform the virtually painless LipiFlow treatment right in the office. Contact us today to schedule an eye exam to see if LipiFlow can provide relief for your dry eye symptoms.

    If you are having symptoms of Dry Eye, contact us today to schedule a Dry Eye Consultation; (970) 221-2222.