NASHVILLE, TN (PRWEB) November 14, 2012
Loden Vision Centers, Tennessee’s innovator in eye care, announced today that it is the first ophthalmology practice in Tennessee to introduce a breakthrough FDA-approved treatment for patients who suffer from a form of Dry Eye called Evaporative Dry Eye disease. Over 100 million people worldwide suffer from dry eye disease, and 65 percent of those suffer from Evaporative Dry Eye. Loden Vision Centers has introduced a new, advanced in-office treatment, called the LipiFlow® system, which is intended to diagnose and treat the cause of this disease, meibomian gland dysfunction. It works using thermal pulsation to unblock the glands and allow them to resume the release of oily lipids needed for a healthy tear film. Patients find the procedure to be a pleasant, warming and soothing experience.
Common symptoms of dry eye include dryness, grittiness, soreness, redness, burning, eye fatigue and even headaches. These symptoms can hinder daily activities such as reading, using the computer, being outdoors on windy days and often times making it difficult and uncomfortable to wear contact lenses. “Dry eye symptoms are one of the most common eye conditions affecting daily activities,” said James Loden, MD, of Loden Vision Centers. “We are pleased to introduce the new LipiFlow® treatment to help those patients achieve relief who are frustrated with this chronic disease.” According to Ross Lumpkin, OD, also of Loden Vision Centers, “This technology allows us to diagnose the disease more accurately and helps patients experience noticeable results within the first month after the treatment. The results are often more immediate and evident compared with years of other treatment options.”
Prior to the introduction of LipiFlow®, common therapies included the use of warm compresses, wetting drops and ointments, and prescription medications. Alternatively, LipiFlow® addresses the root cause as opposed to simply treating the symptoms. In controlled clinical studies of patients who received a single LipiFlow® treatment, 79% of patients reported improvement in dry eye symptoms. For many patients suffering from dry eye, LipiFlow® may provide promising and effective relief.
About Loden Vision Centers
LipiFlow® treatment is available at the Green Hills location, 2501 21st Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37212. Loden Vision Centers has 5 convenient locations serving patients in Tennessee. For more information, visit http://www.lodenvision.com/dry-eye-promotion.HTML.
Media Contact: Hank McBride, Director of Practice Development (615) 347-5173