Many of you have heard of Dry Eye Syndrome however did you know that the main cause of dry eye is Meibomian Gland Dysfunction? An amazing 86% of people with dry eye syndrome also have MGD. How do you know if you have MGD? That’s a great question. At Cleveland Eye Clinic, we are able to evaluate the meibomian glands under the microscope, as well as, take a picture of them and measure their function.
Meibomian Glands line your eyelids and are responsible for secreting oil call meibum. Meibum lubricates the eye and prevents the tear film from evaporating between blinks. Over time, the glands can become blocked or clogged which could lead to decompensation of the gland structure.
Below are pictures of the glands (figure 1.) and quantifying the function (figure 2.)
Good News! MGD is treatable. In-office heat treatments, as well as at-home heat therapy and supplements, are effective to improve gland function. Call for an appointment to see Dr. Chester and discuss which may be best for you at 440-526-1974, or schedule an appointment on our website.
By Jill Pullman C.O.T.