JACKSONVILLE, Fla., June 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Bowden Eye & Associates, a leading Florida eye services provider, today becomes the first Ophthalmology practice in the North Florida region to offer the LipiFlow® Thermal Pulsation System, a medical device that treats Evaporative Dry Eye by liquefying and evacuating obstructions in glands located in the eyelids.
Dry Eye Syndrome (DES) affects more than 23 million people worldwide. Studies in the United States have shown approximately 70 percent of visits to ophthalmologists and optometrists are addressing some complaints that can be related to dry eye. With society's increasing reliance of electronic devices (smart phones, computers, video games, etc.), people blink less and experience dry eyes more frequently and at younger ages.
"I saw a tremendous need for the LipiFlow device in that, as a corneal specialist, I see a lot of patients with symptoms of dry eye," says Dr. Frank Bowden, founder of Bowden Eye & Associates. "There have been clinical trials to validate its benefit and that has led to the FDA approval for the use of LipiFlow in the treatment of dry eye caused by lid margin disease."
The new LipiFlow System is the only FDA approved diagnostic & treatment system for Dry Eye Syndrome. This unique system combines visual imaging to diagnose a patient's dry eye syndrome as well as a treatment which applies painless heat and compression to unclog the meibomian glands. This uses a single-use eyepiece to relieve blockage of all the meibomian glands, both upper and lower.
"Approximately 75 percent of patients who have had LipiFlow treatment showed improvement within two weeks," said Bowden.
If left untreated, dry eye can lead to larger vision health issues such as increased discomfort such as burning, itchy eyes, cell damage to the eye's surface, and eventually visual degradation.
About Bowden Eye & Associates
Bowden Eye & Associates was founded by Frank W. Bowden, III, M.D., an accomplished corneal specialist and surgeon in Jacksonville, Florida. Dr. Bowden specializes in Corneal Transplants, Custom Cataract Surgery, and offers the latest in refractive surgery, including bladeless LASIK, PRK, Implantable Collamer Lenses, INTACS, and Conductive Keratoplasty. Dr. Bowden is also the founder of the Eye Surgery Center of North Florida, an ambulatory surgery center that is solely dedicated to eye surgery. In addition to his private practice, Dr. Bowden is a published author, lecturer, and examiner for the American Board of Ophthalmology and has been the team ophthalmologist for the Jacksonville Jaguars since 1995. For more information - http://www.bowdeneye.com
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