MiBoFlo vs. LipiFlow

Dry eyes are estimated to affect as many as 30 million people worldwide. While some of this number will only experience temporary episodes of the condition, others will suffer from chronic symptoms that will have an impact on their daily lives. These include blurred vision, dry, itchy eyes, sensitivity to light and more. Fortunately, there are numerous solutions available, so there is no need to live with the effects of dry eyes. Two of these solutions that often get confused for one another are MiBoFlo and LipiFlow. Here’s what you need to know about each of these dry eye treatments.

What is MiBoFlo?

MiBoFlo – also called MiBo ThermoFlo, is an innovative new technology that targets the root cause of lipid-deficient dry eye disease. This is when dry eye disease is caused by a lack of lipids in the tear film, causing them to be less lubricated than is ideal.


MiBoFlo therapy uses thermoelectric radiation that produces a heat of up to 108 degrees and works by liquefying dried-up tears and stimulating the meibomian glands in order to encourage them to produce a greater volume of tear film which remains on the surface of the eyes for longer, keeping them lubricated and more comfortable.  


The treatment itself is non-invasive and many patients find that they enjoy the soothing massage action and spa-like nature of the appointment. They will also find that they start to see an improvement in their symptoms immediately following treatment and that the benefits are long-lasting, providing extended relief from dry eyes.


Advantages of MiBoFlo treatment

There are several advantages to choosing MiBoFlo treatment to help alleviate your dry eyes.

  • MiBoFlo treatment targets the underlying cause of the condition rather than just the symptoms, which is something that artificial tears as similar solutions do. By getting to the root cause of the issue, patients can enjoy a more effective result.

  • MiBoFlo treatment doesn’t cause any corneal distortion which is something often seen in other types of lid-based therapies.

  • MiBoFlo is typically less expensive than LipiFlow.


What is LipiFlow?

LipiFlow treatment also uses heat that is applied to the meibomian glands in the eyes in order to remove blockages and encourage the flow of natural lubrication. LipiFlow treatment also involves thermal pulsation. What this means is that the machine will create a pulsing massage-like motion to further help ease any blockages out of the glands. However, some patients find the massage-feeling applied to their eyes difficult to tolerate due to the odd sensation and slight discomfort it causes.


Although any pain during the procedure is rare, some patients do experience a little discomfort for several hours following treatment, which usually eases quickly and shouldn’t require you to take pain medication. The treatment is also much more clinical in nature compared to MiBoFlo.



If you are looking for a dry eye solution that offers fast, effective, and long-lasting results that is affordable, MiBoFlo could be the answer that you are looking for. To discover more about this revolutionary dry eye treatment, please contact our offices.

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