Dr. Carlson

  Alan N. Carlson, M.D., Professor of Ophthalmology and Chief of the Corneal and Refractive Surgery Service at the Duke Eye Center will broadcast into the Royal Hawaiian Eye Meeting Workshop this evening that features Tearscience and the LipiFlow Thermal Pulsation Therapy for patients with symptomatic Evaporative Dry Eye syndrome.  As the first University in the United States to actively utilize the TearScience LipiFlow treatment, the Duke Eye Center has been able to offer treatment to a large number of patients seeking relief from their dry eye symptoms.  The treatment works by first heating the posterior eye lid in close proximity to the meibomian oil-producing glands.  This delivery of heat is more efficient and effective as it is in close proximity to the glands and more capable of liquifying the material impacted in these glands.  This is followed by sequential pulsations that have a “milking” effect that helps evacuate the glands and hopefully restore some of the more normal physiologic capability of the glands.  Evaporative dry eye may appears to be the most common cause of dry eye in our elderly, non-autoimmune population.