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    I am getting lipiflow tomorrow in Provo Utah. I have MGD and ocular rosacea. Doc's have told me my eyes don't look that dry. I do have red veins and red lids though so they sure look red to me! I called ahead and requested a full mb expression after b/c the doc doesn't usually do that. Another user on here had it done and thinks it helped and plus I know my glands are blocked and/or thick meibomian. I'll post after but will give it some time before I say if it helped or not. 1700.00 is A LOT to spend. I'm also going to ask when insurance will start covering it. More and more docs are getting lipiflow and hopefully insurance kicks in soon.

    I had a lipiview done a couple weeks ago from a different doc who said 85% of my glands had atrophied! I am really hoping this is not the case but it will be interesting to compare numbers.

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    Good luck Kate.

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    • #3
      Good luck Kate

      Will be waiting for good news!!

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      • #4
        Thanks guys! It was pretty uneventful. Like everyone knows it was 12 minutes. There was soft music playing. My numbers from lipiview were lower than the first lipiview I got only 2 weeks ago. I was a 52 and 34 and now am 43 and 29 I think. Also the first doc said 85% glands atrophied and this guy said about 25% atrophied. Which still seems so high for my age? 31. That scares me a lot. Of course I was a good candidate and he said I have a 70% chance of improvement. After they expressed my eyes (not hard) and said it was all flowing clear oil.
        I asked when insurance might be covering this and they had no idea…a few years was thrown out. I'm going to call my insurance company today and ask.
        They said I need to take omega 3 with DHA. I checked my gross flax seen that I have been tolerating the last month and it didn't say that anywhere! Nor did it say pure. just organic. So I'm going to GNC to get some new stuff.
        Think I might order some contact tweezers and do expression every other day. I can express my uppers and see junk come out but never my lowers. I think the expression saved my uppers b/c the doc said they look good. But I never express my lowers b/c nothing comes out. I do the DR. L way btw. With the q-tip pressed to white of eye ball.

        -k

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        • #5
          Hi Kate,
          Do your eyes feel better?

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          • #6
            The red veins look a little bit better but that fluctuates solo much I don't think it's much of an indicator. No, not feeling any better yet. The doc said up to 6 weeks to possible (70% chance) of seeing improvements.
            Also he put me back on restasis.
            I will keep you posted though!
            How are you doing? Trying anything new?

            -Kate

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            • #7
              Hope you see 100% improvement! Yes. Quadra plugged and getting some hormone eyedrops to help the oil. Doing better. Will keep you posted!

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Katewest View Post
                Also the first doc said 85% glands atrophied and this guy said about 25% atrophied. Which still seems so high for my age? 31. That scares me a lot.
                Seems you are a bit young for atrophied glands, but who knows. How was the atrophy diagnosis made? Did he do a meibography?

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                • #9
                  just the transillumination

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                  • #10
                    Katewest, one person told you 85% of your MG's were atrophied and another 25%. Clearly, they are misdiagnosing you probably through inexperience. It takes thousands of patients and hours to accurately diagnose with translumination. You need a meibography done.
                    I don't know, I'm skeptical of these LipiFlow operators.

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                    • #11
                      I talked to Dr. Jacobs from BFS today regarding lipiflow and atrophied glands. She said she doesn't think a lot about atrophied meibomian glands and there is no real proof that is a cause or condition and that it is immeasurable. Lipiflow---there is no long term benefits and with neuralia patenents probably no help.

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                      • #12
                        Does this mean you don't feel better?

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                        • #13
                          Yea, no difference….yet. I'm still hopeful for something but I'm defiantly not counting on it. I still live in the desert so when we move in May I am really counting on THAT to help.

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                          • #14
                            Lipiflow Update about 5 weeks later….BLAH! Waste of money and time! I see no difference!

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