Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD) is a form of posterior blepharitis in which the eyelids become chronically inflamed. Both upper and lower eyelids contain a network of meibomian glands which are responsible for producing a clear layer of oil on the surface of our tears. Without this oily secretion, our tears are more prone to evaporating and we are more likely to feel that our eyes are dry or gritty. Seborrhoeic dermatitis and ocular rosacea are common predisposing factors in the development of this condition.
What are the Symptoms?
What are the Causes?
Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD) is caused by a commonly occurring bacteria (often staphylococcal) that lives along the margin of the eyelids. This bacteria alters the chemical and physical composition of the oils secreted from Meibomian glands, reducing the quality of the tear layer on the surface of the eye.
What is the Diagnosis?
The causative bacteria can be addressed using sterile proprietary cleaning wipes or diluted baby shampoo. However, some cases may require topical or systemic antibiotics. Heat can also be applied to the eyelids through a warm compress, Eyebag or DEWY in order to melt the hardened meibomian secretions into clear, free-flowing oils. Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) therapy is another solution for patients who have not responded to the above.
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