What is LipiFlow® Thermal Pulsation System?

LipiFlow®  is a highly-effective treatment for Meibomian Gland Dysfunction, one of the main causes of dry eye disease. The device works by liquifying gland blockages that often cause dry eye. This is a quick and easy in-office treatment that safely delivers therapeutic energies (through heat and gentle massage) to your blocked glands while protecting the eye’s surface.


  • A single 12-minute LipiFlow® treatment can improve symptoms for up to 12 months
  • Can increase gland function with just one treatment.
  • Is a safe option for long-term effectiveness.
  • Maximum results with minimal discomfort.

Who is it for?

LipiFlow® is a highly-effective treatment for those suffering from Meibomian Gland Dysfunction. This treatment is not intended for patients who have had eye surgery in the last 3 months, or anyone with an ocular surface abnormality or injury.

How does it work?

During a LipiFlow® treatment, a single-use activator device applies heat to both the inside and outside of your eyelids while massaging the outer part of the lid. The activator’s vaulted design protects the cornea, while its sensors monitor and regulate heat to minimize discomfort. It uses an intelligent pressure feedback loop to unblock built up oils in your eyelid glands, while protecting your eye from any unnecessary pressure.

After your treatment, your eyes should be able to create more natural oils and you should feel relief from your symptoms in the days to weeks following your appointment.

What to expect

First, your optometrist will prepare you by placing a mild anesthetic drop in your eye. Your ocular hygienist will then clean the eyelids using ZEST to remove any build-up or debris before starting LipiFlow®. The single-use activator is then placed onto your eyelids and when the treatment begins, you will feel a warm and gentle pressure on your eyelids.

The treatment runs through three 6-minute cycles:

  • A warming phase
  • A varied pulsations phase
  • A constant pressure phase

After your treatment, you can expect to see results in 4-6 weeks. 79% of patients reported an improvement of their dry eye symptoms within four weeks. LipiFlow® does not cure Meibomian Gland Dysfunction, so treatments are required to unblock glands on a regular basis.