What causes Dry Eye?
Dry Eye is mainly caused by an imbalance in the tear film, which acts as a shield on the surface of our eyes.
We will go over the external, medical, and leading causes of Dry Eye.
What do these Meibomian glands do? Look below to see the difference.
A blink is simulated by pressing lightly on the bottom eyelid and oil will be secreted in a healthy eye.
These oils help shield the ocular surface from drying out.
Can we see the actual glands though? Yes! LipiView produces highlyaccurate pictures of the internal Meibomian gland structure. This gives ourspecialists the information they need to determine what is best for you.
What is MGD?
The following videos will go over the role Meibomian glands play in ocular health.
Healthy Gland Function
In a healthy eye, pressure from a blink expresses a small amount of oil from the Meibomian glands which is then distributed over the ocular surface as the eye opens. The ocular surface is the foundation for ocular comfort and visual quality.
Impact of Blocked Glands
Obstruction of Meibomian glands impedes oil production necessary to reduce aqueous evaporation which helps minimize friction bewteen eyelid and cornea.
Long-Term Untreated MGD
If left untreated, obstructed glands will reduce oil production, atrophy, and eventually drop out. Once a gland has atrophied completely, function is lost permanently, which leads to chronic discomfort and potentially sight-threatening damage to the ocular surface.