Affordable Alternative to LipiFlow Treatment for Dry Eye Syndrome

If you are one of the millions of people suffering from dry eye syndrome, you may have heard of LipiFlow treatment. LipiFlow is a technology that heats and expresses the meibomian glands to improve the flow of oil into the tears and relieve dry eye symptoms. While LipiFlow is an effective treatment, it can also be expensive.

At our optometry practice in American Family Vision Clinic, we offer an affordable alternative to LipiFlow treatment. Our technology, the OCuSOFT® Thermal 1-Touch, works similarly to LipiFlow but at a lower cost, making it accessible to more patients.

Affordable Alternative to LipiFlow Treatment for Dry Eye Syndrome in Olympia

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How the OCuSOFT® Thermal 1-Touch Works

The OCuSOFT® Thermal 1-Touch uses heat and gentle pressure to stimulate the meibomian glands and improve the flow of oil into the tears. Similar to LipiFlow, the OCuSOFT® Thermal 1-Touch is a non-invasive treatment that takes about 12 minutes to perform.

During the treatment, a small device is placed over your eyelids, which delivers controlled heat to the meibomian glands. This heat is designed to melt the hardened oil and open up the blocked ducts. After the heat, the device applies gentle pressure to the eyelids to express the oil from the glands. This helps to clear the blocked ducts and restore the proper flow of oil into the tears.

Benefits of the OCuSOFT® Thermal 1-Touch Treatment

The OCuSOFT® Thermal 1-Touch treatment offers several benefits for patients with dry eye syndrome. Here are some of the key benefits:

Affordable: Compared to LipiFlow treatment, the OCuSOFT® Thermal 1-Touch is more affordable, making it accessible to more patients.

Non-invasive: The OCuSOFT® Thermal 1-Touch is a non-invasive treatment that does not require any incisions or injections, making it a safer and more comfortable option.

Quick and Convenient: The OCuSOFT® Thermal 1-Touch treatment takes only 12 minutes to complete, and you can return to your normal activities immediately after the treatment.

Effective: Like LipiFlow, the OCuSOFT® Thermal 1-Touch has been shown to be effective in improving the flow of oil into the tears and relieving dry eye symptoms.

Benefits of the OCuSOFT® Thermal 1-Touch Treatment
Benefits of the OCuSOFT® Thermal 1-Touch Treatment

Benefits of the OCuSOFT® Thermal 1-Touch Treatment

A comparison between the prices of LipiFlow and OCuSOFT® Thermal 1-Touch treatments can help individuals who suffer from dry eye symptoms make an informed decision about the most cost-effective treatment option. 

While LipiFlow treatment can cost patients anywhere between $700 and $1750, the OCuSOFT® Thermal 1-Touch treatment is much more affordable.

OCuSOFT® Thermal 1-Touch has received excellent feedback from patients, providing immediate relief from discomfort and improving the tear film break up time significantly. Additionally, if a patient's meibomian glands are exceptionally stubborn, the Thermal 1-Touch treatment can be repeated at no extra cost, making it an even more attractive option for individuals seeking long-term relief from their dry eye symptoms.

Benefits of the OCuSOFT® Thermal 1-Touch Treatment

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Common Questions

The frequency of using the OCuSOFT® Thermal 1-Touch can vary depending on the severity of your MGD symptoms, your individual needs, and your eye care professional's recommendations. In some cases, using the device every day might be acceptable if it provides relief without causing any adverse effects. However, it is essential to pay attention to how your eyes respond to the treatment and adjust the frequency accordingly. For some people, daily use may not be necessary, and using the device a few times per week or as needed might be more appropriate. It is important to keep in mind that the OCuSOFT® Thermal 1-Touch should not be considered a complete solution to MGD or dry eye syndrome. Instead, it should be used in conjunction with other treatments and lifestyle adjustments, such as using artificial tears, improving eyelid hygiene, taking nutritional supplements, and avoiding environmental triggers that can exacerbate dry eye symptoms.
Certain vitamins and nutrients are believed to assist with meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) and dry eye symptoms. Some of the most frequently recommended vitamins and supplements encompass omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin A, vitamin D, and vitamin E. Omega-3 fatty acids, specifically eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), possess anti-inflammatory properties and support healthy tear production. They can be obtained from sources such as fish oil, flaxseed oil, chia seeds, and walnuts. Vitamin A, which is essential for good vision, overall eye health, and the production of the mucin layer of the tear film, can be found in foods like carrots, sweet potatoes, and leafy greens or consumed as a supplement. Vitamin D, linked to overall ocular health, may aid in managing MGD by regulating inflammation and bolstering the immune system. It can be acquired through sun exposure, certain foods like fatty fish, and supplements. Lastly, vitamin E, an antioxidant vitamin, might help protect the meibomian glands from oxidative damage and can be found in foods such as nuts, seeds, and vegetable oils.
Meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) arises when the meibomian glands in your eyelids become obstructed or function inadequately. Common signs and symptoms that could point to a blocked meibomian gland encompass persistent dryness, burning, itching, or a gritty sensation in the eyes, which are typical dry eye symptoms. Inflammation of the eyelids, also known as blepharitis, might be related to MGD and can result in red or swollen eyelids. Fluctuating or blurry vision, excessive tearing, or heightened sensitivity to light could be caused by an unstable tear film due to MGD, indicating an irregular tear film. Furthermore, blocked meibomian glands might be noticeable as tiny, hardened, or yellowish secretions at the base of the eyelashes, affecting the eyelid's appearance.
The duration required to unclog meibomian glands can differ based on the severity of the blockage, the selected treatment approach, and individual response to treatment. Some prevalent treatments for meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) encompass warm compresses, lid hygiene, in-office treatments, and medications. Applying warm compresses to the eyelids for 10-15 minutes, 1-2 times daily, can assist in softening the meibum and encouraging gland expression. Consistent use can lead to improvement within days to weeks; however, treatment must be continued to maintain results. Gently cleaning the eyelid margins using a mild, non-irritating cleanser or commercially available lid wipes can help diminish blockages over time, with noticeable improvement taking weeks to months. In-office procedures such as LipiFlow and OCuSOFT® Thermal 1-Touch can offer more immediate relief while addressing the underlying cause of the symptoms. However, the relief duration varies, and some patients might require repeat treatments. Topical or oral antibiotics, anti-inflammatory drugs, or corticosteroids could be prescribed to tackle underlying inflammation or infection, with improvement seen within days to weeks. The treatment duration depends on the specific medication and individual response, and other medications like Xiidra and Restasis may also be recommended.
OCuSOFT® is a brand that provides a variety of eye care products, such as lid scrubs, artificial tears, and the Thermal 1-Touch device for meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD). It is crucial to specify the product in question, but it is assumed that you are asking about the OCuSOFT® Lid Scrub products, which are frequently used for eyelid hygiene and managing blepharitis or MGD. OCuSOFT® Lid Scrub is generally well-tolerated; however, some mild and temporary side effects might occur, including irritation, dryness, and discomfort. Irritation, itching, or redness after using the lid scrub may be experienced by some users due to sensitivity to the cleansing agent or an allergic reaction to an ingredient. Overusing lid scrubs can cause the eyelids to become dry or worsen pre-existing dry eye symptoms. Users may also feel a mild stinging or burning sensation when applying the lid scrub, especially if it contacts the eye's surface. If you encounter any persistent or severe side effects, stop using the product and consult your eye care professional for advice. They can suggest alternative products or treatments that may better suit your individual needs and sensitivities.
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Visit us at American Family Vision Clinic to Get Relief From Dry Eye Syndrome

Don't let dry eye symptoms affect your quality of life any longer. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and learn more about the affordable alternative to LipiFlow treatment available at our practice. Our optometrists in Olympia are ready to help you find the best solution to alleviate your dry eye symptoms with the OCuSOFT® Thermal 1-Touch device. Call us now at (360) 491-2121 to schedule your consultation and start experiencing relief from dry eye symptoms at a fraction of the cost of LipiFlow treatment.

Patients with dry eye visit our clinic from all over Washington, and we are proud to be a leading provider of dry eye services for patients from Olympia, Lakewood, Tacoma, and Lacey.


Such a nice optician. My grandson is only 4 and needs glasses. We were so sad, but he explained the issues, and we will follow up as he suggested.

Anna P.

I had such a good experience with the clinic. Very friendly staff and doctor, did not have to wait for long to be called, and was treated respectfully. Thanks, American Family.

June S.

Dr. Zurcher has gone above and beyond what any other eye doctor has ever done to figure out what is going on with my eyes. Very happy with American Family Vision.

Christine R.

Family Vision Clinic changed our lives! My daughter was frequently car sick, and she was getting headaches every day, often painful enough that they brought her to tears. We saw a string of doctors and therapists, but we made no progress. Finally, we found Dr. Levi Zurcher and his eye therapist Rain. After ten weeks of eye therapy my daughter no longer gets headaches, and she no longer gets car sick. Daily tears are a thing of the past. I really can’t say enough about this clinic. It was fascinating to watch Dr. Zurcher work. For the first time, someone who knew what they were doing was intently studying my daughter, really trying to figure out all of her eye issues, and his therapist Rain is one of the most patient and lovely people that I’ve ever had the good fortune to meet. We’re finished with eye therapy—yay!—and I have switched to American Family Vision Clinic for all of my family’s other eye health needs.

Lars Wulff

Very professional, yet kind and helpful. They do what they can to make the appointment comfortable. I was running a bit late, I made sure ti call. They were able to switch me with a patient who was already there, they treated me with respect, and helped my son have confidence by getting him the eye care he needed that day. Thank you so much! Would recommend to anyone. It's a blessing that they care enough to work with people who have all different types of insurance from work to state coverage.

Justin E.

The staff is friendly. The Doc is very knowledgeable. The office is family friendly and everyone is so patient with the little ones.

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