Meibomian Gland Dysfunction
Dry eye is a common symptom when the Meibomian glands dysfunction. Meibomian glands are specialized glands in the eyelid that are responsible for the secretion of meibum and oily substances that allows the tear film to stay on the cornea. When these glands are not working properly, the meibum and oily substance do not secrete as they are intended, and it allows the tear film to evaporate, causing dry and irritated eyes.
Treatment can Help
- Return normal function of the meibomian glands, improving the tear film on the cornea and reducing dry eye
- Decrease the risk of irritation and potential damage to the cornea
- Improve inflammation of the meibomian glands, which can otherwise cause obstruction and bacterial overgrowth
How is the treatment performed?
The most common treatment for dry eye is artificial tears; however, meibomian gland dysfunction can sometimes be caused by Blepharitis, which can be improved with a surgical procedure if a chalazion forms.