The Doctors: Evaporative Dry Eye Syndrome Explained & LipiFlow Review


The Doctors: Solutions For Chronic Dry Eye Sufferers

Angela has chronic dry eyes and nothing she has tried has helped her eyes. She referred to herself as an “artificial tear junky,” saying she is putting artificial tears into her eyes every 30 minutes to try and curb the uncomfortable feeling of having dry eyes but nothing has worked permanently for her. She even had her tear ducts cauterized and the problem persisted.

The Doctors: Evaporative Dry Eye Syndrome Explained & LipiFlow Review

The Doctors helped a woman with evaporative dry eye syndrome, a syndrome that affects the oils on the eye, by treating her with LipiFlow.


Well, The Doctors heard her cry for help and found the perfect solution to fix her dry eyes but first they wanted to explain what was happening.

What Causes Evaporative Dry Eye Syndrome?

Ophthalmologist Dr. John Hovanesian said Angela is suffering from a common condition called evaporative dry eye syndrome, meaning the oil on the top of her eyeballs, which is secreted from glands in the eyelids, is not coming out how it should. Instead of the oil coming out like vegetable oil, the oil is coming out more like toothpaste.

Without this oil, the tears on the eyes dry up quickly and every time Angela blinks her eyelids scrape against her eyeball where there should be oil.


How To Diagnose Evaporative Dry Eye Syndrome

If you think you have evaporative dry eye syndrome, you can self diagnose the condition by looking for stringy, yellowish goop coming out of the end of the eyelids. The goop kind of looks like the pus that comes out of  a recently popped pimple.

If the liquid coming out is not oil-like, then there is a problem and you need to see a doctor.

LipiFlow Review

Good news for anyone suffering from the condition: there is a solution and it is called LipiFlow.

LipiFlow is the first ever FDA approved device to fix this type of problem. It works by heating the oil in the eye and putting pressure on the eyelids. The heat melts the thickened oils and two air pockets on either eye massage the eyelids. The treatment takes about 12 minutes, with no recovery time, and the results will last for the next 15 months.



  1. Jamie says

    Great segment. Thanks! Lipiflow does appear to be of benefit for some people, though anecdotal evidence appears mixed. You need to be the right candidate for the treatment. It’s also expensive so that needs to be weighed up too.

    I’m always curious when treatments are FDA-approved, as to some, this implies efficacy or sucess when the reality is it’s mostly about safety.

    Still, dry eye syndrome is a frustrating condition. Having as many options as possible is a positive thing.


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