About the Project
The City-based National Institute of Ophthalmology (NIO), a dedicated eye hospital, launched Lipi-View advanced imaging diagnostic tool and the Lipi-Flow thermal pulsation system for the treatment of dry eye recently. The modality provides hassle-free treatment for dry eyes in a simple 12-minute session.
Both products have been developed to manage the dysfunction of the meibomian glands, located under the upper and lower eyelids, which is the leading cause of ‘dry eye’. In over 60% of cases, dysfunction of the meibomian glands is found to be the underlying cause of dry eye, which is an underdiagnosed condition in India.
Commenting on the launch, eye surgeon Jai Kelkar, medical director of NIO and hospital’s cornea consultant Yogesh Chougule said, “Women and professionals who work long hours in offices are more susceptible to dry eye. With these new technologies, we can help improve both the diagnosis and treatment of this condition.”
In healthy people, the meibomian glands help lubricate the eye as a person blinks and in this way, help to protect against tear evaporation, by keeping the surface of the eye moist. In people with meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD), these glands get blocked, preventing the eyes from secreting adequate fluid to keep the eye well lubricated. This leads to dry eye, which causes eye discomfort, irritation and often inflammation.