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Eye Care of Iowa introduces new, breakthrough treatment for evaporative dry eye disease

Posted September 19, 2013 in Community Web Exclusives, Pleasant Hill

Pleasant hill, iowa—September 19, 2013—eYE CARE OF IOWA,a full service eye care center, today announced that it is the first in the local community to introduce a new treatment for patients who suffer from Evaporative Dry Eye disease.  This disease stems from a deficiency in the oily lipid layer of the eye’s natural tear film.  The oily lipids serve as a protective layer so that the aqueous (water) layer of the eye’s tear film does not evaporate.  eYE CARE OF IOWA has introduced a new, advanced in-office treatment, called LipiFlow®, which is intended to treat patients with blocked meibomian glands, called meibomian gland dysfunction, by unblocking the glands and allowing them to resume the secretion of oily lipids needed for a healthy tear film.

Dry eye disease affects more than 100 million people worldwide.  Of those, 85 percent suffer from Evaporative Dry Eye.  Common symptoms of dry eye include dryness, grittiness, soreness, irritation, burning and eye fatigue.  These symptoms can hinder people’s daily activities such as reading, using the computer, wearing contact lenses and being outdoors on windy days.  Many dry eye patients complain those symptoms worsen throughout the day.  “Dry eye disease is one of the most common topics patients discuss when visiting eye care professionals,” said dr. james blasco at eYE CARE OF IOWA“We are very pleased to introduce the new LipiFlowtreatment to help those patients who are very frustrated with this chronic disease and all of the ways it negatively impacts their lives.  In effect, LipiFlow helps the meibomian glands resume their natural function and many patients note symptom relief.”

Historically, common therapies aimed at dry eye symptom relief included using warm compresses, over- the-counter wetting drops and ointments, and prescription drugs.  Alternatively, the new LipiFlow treatment addresses the root cause of evaporative dry eye by unblocking the meibomian glands that secrete oily lipids.  In controlled clinical studies of patients who received a single LipiFlow treatment, the average meibomian gland score at 4 weeks increased by two to three times over the baseline condition, which reflects improvement in the number of glands secreting and secretion quality.   Additionally,at four weeks after the LipiFlow treatment, 79% of patients reported improvement in dry eye symptoms.

Dr. Matthew Ward of Eye Care of Iowa struggled with dry eye on a personal level for multiple years.  “I had tried artificial tears, steroids, Restasis, punctual plugs, moisture goggles, really almost everything on the market.  My eyes were often red by 6:00pm, and every morning I woke up feeling as though someone had rubbed sandpaper across my eyes in the middle of the night.  I noticed an immediate difference after the LipiFlow procedure.  It’s been about 8 weeks now, and I notice throughout the day that my eyes are often moist, which is a feeling I haven’t experienced in the six years prior to the procedure. Much of the redness is gone, and my eyes feel great every morning.”


For over 30 years, Eye Care of Iowa has been providing quality family eye care to the Des Moines area.  Our eye doctors provide comprehensive general eye exams for the whole family, including children and infants.  In addition to vision testing for glasses and contact lenses, our exam includes a full eye health assessment.  Eye Care of Iowa utilizes the most advanced, field proven technology to deliver the best solutions safely and reliably.  For more information, visit

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