RE: Third LipiFlow location in Canada
If you remember, LipiFlow came to Toronto first (Herzig Eye Institute ).
Then a location popped up in Abbotsford BC (1+ hour's drive from Vancouver: Valley Laser Eye Centre ).
Now, there's a third location, in Richmond BC, near Vancouver Int'l airport (Central Eye Clinic)
The location in Richmond says they will offer a group rate. Four of us plan on taking advantage of this altho we don't know exactly what the discount is right now.
Is there anyone else interested in joining us? I'm assuming that the bigger the group, the bigger the discount.
Let me know!
I sincerely hope you have better luck with Lipiflow than I did. I travelled to Toronto in August after I was "assured" my chronic dry eye disease and blepharitis could be helped. It has now been nearly two months and my eyes are worse than ever. The redness and inflammation have increased and the dryness has not been relieved at all. Including travel costs, accommodations, meals and the Lipiflow procedure ($1520), I spent approximately $3,000 for nothing. I can't begin to tell you how disappointed I am that Lipiflow didn't help me with this miserable condition.
I feel your frustration. I've also already had one treatment with LipiFlow in July in Toronto. I think my flights cost a little less than yours and I only stayed one night in Toronto so my total travel costs were lower than what you quoted... obviously, I paid the same as you for the assessment and treatment.
I'm going to have another LipiFlow treatment now that it's in Richmond BC. I have had some improvement over the last year, but I've done a lot: (1) had all my puncta sealed by cautery or suturing, (2) had 4 IPL treatments for dry eye, (3) had all my MGs probed with steroids injected, (4) wear moisture chambers 24/7 and (5) had LipiFlow.
So, as you can see, I wouldn't be able to identify if one thing helped me. However, what I like about LipiFlow is really the pre-treatment assessment (aka LipiView) where they measure your lipid layer thickness using interferometry. Also, LipiFlow is not painful.
If you want to read about my LipiFlow experience, I have some posts within this thread: http://www.dryeyezone.com/talk/showt...light=LipiFlow
I am certainly not pushing LipiFlow. But if anyone is interested in trying it, then a discounted group rate might be of some help.
As for your situation, I hope you find something that helps. Is your problem MGD and/or AD? What have you tried so far (besides LipiFlow)?
So far, I've used Restasis for nine months, Doxycycline for nine months, every type of drop and ointment the doctors can think of, flax seed oil, fish oil and most recently I had my tear ducts permanently sealed. I tried the Tranquileyes kit for four months but it didn't help at all. I have not tried IPL for dry eyes but I'll certainly check into it. I've invested so much at this point it won't matter if I invest more. Of course, getting rid of this problem is priceless. Thanks for your input.