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  • nathalia.g
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    Hi Sophie, I'm reading forums on dry eyes and it is disheartening to read that you have lost hope in doctors and dry eye treatments and still having issues with your dry eyes.

    I am 1.5 years post lasik and started to have dry eyes after the surgery. I have never been able to attain the 20/20 vision on my own - initially I was able to see crystal clear when placing tear drops in but I feel as though that doesn't happen anymore. I recently went to the optometrist and was told that my eyesight has regressed. Every time I have had a follow up at the doctors office that did my lasik, I am always told it is just the dryness causing the blurry vision but my vision is 20/20. Recently I noticed that I was able to see a sharp image when looking through a wine glass (curved glass) and I thought, will glasses help me see? I got trial contact lenses from the optometrist I saw and I was able to see crystal clear. So now I am in doubt that it is"just the dryness" causing my poor vision - I fear that my vision has indeed regressed.

    I recently did some reading up and found out about lipoflow. However I wanted to know how it worked for others who have tried it. I am considering going for a consult to assess my meibomian glands as I produce a lot of tears but no oils for them to stick.

  • hannahmaywils
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    Hi there,

    My name's Hannah. I am a member of this forum. 24 year old female with dry eyes

    I have had my lower tear ducts cauterised, and have punctual plugs in my upper tear ducts. I take omega 3, tumerin, vitamin D and flaxseed capsules daily.

    My question is about Lipiflow? Is it worth it ? Does it make a significant improvement? I am based in the UK and I know of a few clinics that do the procedure in Manchester. I would be willing to pay for this treatment twice a year if it made such an improvement. Its hard to find a bad review on the web though! My eye specialist says he sees a lot of lipiflow patients, and the majority of them have no improvement

    I would be grateful for anyone's thoughts

    Thanks


  • mbperso
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    From my experience :

    Blephasteam:
    + constant heat, moist heat
    - not enough warm, more expensive

    Bruder:
    + moist heat, easy to use and quickly
    - heat not constant, moist heat not long enough, lasts only 5mn, needs microwave twice

    Meibopatch with wet cotton rounds : (My favorite solution)
    + pretty constant heat, lasts for 10mn
    - Needs to wet the cotton rounds and put the mask in a freezing bag

  • fernellen
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    I am faithfully using bruder mask (moist heat) eyes feel nice after kind of damp, but they look no different than before I used mask. Why? Also, I only masssge under eye brow. My corneas are too delicate; prone to eruptions

  • MGD1701
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    Yes, if not, my eyes are unhappy.
    Such moist heat is the best to remove debris, especially in the morning, my experience tells me.
    Last edited by MGD1701; 21-May-2018, 07:03.

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    Originally posted by MGD1701 View Post
    Hi
    Do you guys also feel oil secretion when perform Blephasteam? If so, how long?
    My dr finds it hard to believe which is to my suprise - because people in this forum also mentioned they have such feeling.

    After using the facial steamer/44C, I always feel oil secretion in about 3 min. and it becomes more and more toward the end
    when I use Blephastem (eye closed).
    (today I tried macrowaved Bruder mask - no oil feeling & actually did not feel so great as with Blephasteam
    - maybe becasue of dry heat??).

    Massage:
    Many doctors, including Dr Korb, do not recommend massage (to avoid damage cornea) but
    my doctors consider massage is better. I therefore come up with an idea:
    forcefully blinking for about 3 min. when do Blephastem= LipiFlow? (kind of), I think.
    Dont you think it is safer and more effective (than massage with q-tip) (to thin the oil?)??

    I use Blephastem to monitor oil status = if I feel oil in 5 min. I do longer. Mostly I do 15 min. x2/day.
    I can see oil drops (some are bigger than others) from 20-zoom mirror when I blink hard.
    Thanks!
    Do you still use blephesteam as opposed to hot compress?

  • hopeful_hiker
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    You can do Lipiflow in Sidney, BC.
    https://www.pleyecare.com/

    There is also a guy in Surrey but I have lost faith in him because he thought higher osmolarity is good.

    Lynn Valley folks seem to be good. I have not done IPL with them but I see them regularly.

  • farmgirl
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    For sure will do

  • Johno_87
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    Originally posted by farmgirl View Post
    I couldn't tell you, all I know is that he feels he is getting better results with it. The cost for 4 treatments with the tear testing and lipiview included is going to be $1700 if I buy the package. I understand that the lipiflow is something like $700 per eye for one treatment (just going by comments on the forum), so I think the cost is better as well.
    Thanks, let me know how yours goes when you get it.

  • farmgirl
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    I couldn't tell you, all I know is that he feels he is getting better results with it. The cost for 4 treatments with the tear testing and lipiview included is going to be $1700 if I buy the package. I understand that the lipiflow is something like $700 per eye for one treatment (just going by comments on the forum), so I think the cost is better as well.

  • Johno_87
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    Originally posted by farmgirl View Post
    I think IPL is better from all reports. My doc says if he didn't have a few patients that swear by lipiflow he would abandon it and just do IPL, he is getting good results with that.
    Thanks. Is there a particular mechanism that makes it more effective?

    And is it faster acting or longer lasting or both?

  • farmgirl
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    I think IPL is better from all reports. My doc says if he didn't have a few patients that swear by lipiflow he would abandon it and just do IPL, he is getting good results with that.

  • Johno_87
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    Originally posted by farmgirl View Post
    Thanks farmgirl. Is there an advantage of IPL vs Lipiflow?

  • farmgirl
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    No but these guys do IPL

    https://lynnvalleyoptometry.com/abou...-and-dry-eyes/

  • Johno_87
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    Hi guys, I am looking to get Lipiflow done for my MGD, and know that there is a location in Abbotsford but was wondering if any of you know a closer location in Vancouver?

    Thanks!

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