Is LipiFlow Worth It? LipiFlow Cost and Insurance Coverage
LipiFlow is, unfortunately, not covered by insurance and can be quite pricey. The cost of the computer system for your doctor's office is around $100,000 and offices normally charge between $1000-1500 for each procedure.
The reason for the expense is because the single-use activators used on your eyelids are incredibly expensive for your eye doctor to purchase. However, many offices will offer payment plans that make this procedure a bit more accessible to those who need it.
We would love to see the cost of this procedure decrease in the coming years because we know it can be so helpful for those with MGD. Similar to most things, we believe the cost will eventually come down, although it is not likely to ever be covered by insurance.
Is the procedure worth it?
We believe it absolutely is, especially for those with diagnosed MGD with meibomian gland atrophy. Small studies are beginning to show that LipiFlow may be able to reverse meibomian gland atrophy in those who have the procedure performed regularly.
Some patients will be able to go up to two years without needing another LipiFlow treatment (because their symptoms have improved), but many will need to be retreated every six to 12 months for lasting benefits.